Estrella Mountain Regional Park Events & Activities | Acero Estrella Commons
Spanning nearly 20,000 acres of desert and mountains, you’d better believe there’s plenty to do at Estrella Mountain Regional Park! Whether you’re a hiker, horseback rider, historian, or just a happy camper, this park has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite activities.
Hallelujah the seasons are changing in Goodyear, which means cooler days and longer hikes! With 33 miles of trails, there’s plenty of terrain to traverse. It’s easy to get distracted by the desert’s beauty. Make sure to check out the trail maps from the park office in case your hike turns into a wander. For a short hiking trail, the Baseline Trail (2.4 miles) is a great option. If you’re looking for a day-long excursion, Baseline Trail won't quite cut it. Instead, opt for the Pederson Trail (8.7 miles), a lengthier, more challenging hike. You may also hear some clopping hooves on these park trails as they’re often used by horseback riders and endurance runners!
Here's a short list of some of our favorite trails. Most trails are well marked but you can always visit the county park system website for more information:
- Maricopa Trail
- Toothaker Trail
- Rainbow Valley Trail
- Gila Trail
- Dysart Trail
- Coldwater Trail
Check out this bonus handy trail guide to some of the best hikes in Estrella Mountain Regional Park!
Mountain bikers rejoice! The biking trails at Estrella Mountain Regional Park will really get your spokes spinning. The park is home to a competitive track consisting of two loops totaling 13 miles that are perfect for mountain biking or going on a trail run. There is a long loop (8 miles) which is open to persons of all skill levels, and an expert-only technical loop (5 miles). The competitive tracks are generally used by mountain bicyclists, as the rocky terrain features steep climbs, twist, turns, drops, and sharp corners.
The only thing better than the great outdoors, is exploring the great outdoors with a cooler of hearty grub! Estrella Park has 8 ramada areas that are great spots for grilling, dining, or just hanging in the shade, or near the baseball fields. The ramadas are equipped with picnic tables, electricity, lights, and fire rings so park-goers can grill and chill into the evening.
Upcoming Park Events
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:00pm
Get inspired by the desert mountain landscape and let your creativity shine at Estrella Park’s Desert Arts and Crafts event. Meet at the visitor center and embark on an artistic journey!
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:30-1:00pm
Half-past-noon means lunchtime for us and the critters that live at the nature center! Stop by and help feed the native, resident wildlife who call the Sonoran Desert home.
Thursday, October 03, 2019 & Friday, October 04, 2019, 10:00-11:00am
Homeschooling isn’t as literal as it sounds! There are plenty of great ways to learn outdoors. Homeschool Happenings is a bi-monthly program that offers hands-on learning and teaching experiences to parents and children alike. This interdisciplinary educational adventure commences at the Estrella Park Nature Center. Don’t forget to bring water and closed-toed shoes.
Saturday, October 05, 2019, 8:00-10:00am
This is your chance to give back to the beautiful nature Goodyear, Arizona has to offer! Love hiking? Picknicking? Biking? Fishing? Or just simply hanging in the park? Join the dedicated folks at Estrella Park in helping keep the park beautiful and maintained. Sign up here to help out!
Ready to get out there and explore the historic, beautiful desert Goodyear has to offer? Let us know your favorite way to spend time at Estrella Park! For more amazing outdoor ideas, check out this list of other Maricopa County Parks, including Cave Creek, Lake Pleasant, White Tanks, and more!
Want to spend the night? Visit the Maricopa County website for park hours, to make a camping reservation, book a stay at one of many rv parks, and discover more information.