Nature and Adventure

The desert never sleeps

VisitGlendale.comGlendale is a playground for the outdoor and athletic enthusiast. We welcome you to enjoy the miles of trails and acres of parks that Glendale has to offer. Love to hike? Then you’ll love Glendale. The city offers approximately 40 miles of hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Trails are expansive and not very demanding. Trails include Skunk Creek Linear Park (a 3.5-mile linear trail that connects to Thunderbird Paseo Path), Thunderbird Park (a series of trails that spans 20 miles), Bridle Path (a 9-mile trail over a decomposed granite path meant for equestrian use), Thunderbird Paseo Path (a 4-mile long linear trail), and the Grand Canal Linear Park (a 3.25-mile long linear trail).. Cyclists looking for bike trails will find more than 100 miles of bike routes in Glendale. Cyclists will enjoy the Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park and Thunderbird Paseo Park. The city also hosts an annual event called the Glendale Family Bike Ride. It is meant to encourage families to ride their bikes.

Glendale is also home to the world's largest fighter-pilot training facility, Luke Air Force Base. The base is home to more than 300 aircraft, and a number of its 8,000 personnel can be seen zipping through the sunset daily.

Arizona Outdoor Fun
35972 S. Old Black Canyon Highway
Black Canyon City, AZ 85324

Arizona Outdoor Fun has the largest fleet of ATVs and UTVs in the state and YOU are the driver in this adventure, which combines the thrill of off-roading with the convenience of having a guide lead the way. Get ready to grip the wheel and feel the thrill as you navigate winding mountain trails and learn about Arizona's history and wildlife, with some great points of interest along the way. Explore Native American ruins, cross the Agua Fria riverbed, visit the site of a former turquoise mine, or try your skills at our outdoor shooting range. Our NRA-certified guides ensure you have fun and stay safe. A variety of guided tours are available, as well as off-site rentals and custom private tours for groups of up to 150 riders. We specialize in team building, corporate outings, social groups, bachelor parties, family reunions, and spouse retreats. Check us out on TripAdvisor. Our tours are an exciting way to experience the Sonoran Desert, so for an adrenaline packed adventure, come ride with us!



Arizona Scenic Tours
480-459-7144 or 1-800-724-1251

Custom personalized day trips and multiple excursions throughout Arizona. Arizona Scenic Tours provides guided tours for any size group to all of the best destinations in our state. Grand Canyon, Sedona, Prescott, Tombstone, Phoenix area tours and more! Scenic drives, historic sites, Native American Ruins, Winery tours. Many activities available including jeep tours, horseback riding, lake cruises and more! We’ll pick you up at your hotel or Metro Phoenix location. Single day or multiple day excursions custom-planned for you. Family friendly, on-board DVD entertainment system. Beverages and photography included. Give us a call today and make your trip to Arizona unforgettable.

9380 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305

Cabela's Glendale, Arizona Retail Store is located near the new NFL Cardinals Stadium. In addition to offering quality outdoor merchandise, the 160,000-square-foot showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.


Challenger Space Center
Currently Moving Locations

The Challenger Space Center is Arizona's only museum dedicated to space and space exploration. Come view hundreds of artifacts and exhibits from America's past NASA launches and space missions, or take part in one of the center's simulated space missions, where you will assume the roles of mission control specialists and astronauts aboard the Center's $1 million simulated International Space Station, much like the one orbiting Earth today! Monthly themed activities include stargazing, indoor planetarium, family fun days, special guest speakers, summer and holiday day camps and more. Available for private and corporate parties, weddings, anniversary receptions, too! Please note that the Challenger Space Center is in the process of moving their location.
Hot Air Expeditions, Inc.
2243 W. Rose Garden Loop
Phoenix, AZ 85024

Hot Air Expeditions offers daily sunrise hot air balloon flights over the valley, year-round! Sunset flights available daily November - March. Expeditions include a traditional champagne toast and full catered breakfast from Vincents on Camelback.
Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Phoenix Zoo opens up a world of wonder, featuring over 1,400 animals, innovative exhibits and up-close animal encounters. With camps and programs, as well as special events, there's always something WILD at the Phoenix Zoo!
South Mountain Education Center
10409 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
South Mountain Environmental Education Center

No visit to South Mountain Park is complete without a stop at SMEEC. Whether you're looking for tips to enjoy family, friends or solo time in the Park, a deeper understanding of the plants, animals and history of South Mountain or a place to hold your next memorable private event, SMEEC has something for everyone.

Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N. 75th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85303

Tolmachoff Farms is a unique, four-generation family farm operated in Glendale, Arizona by Bill and Gracie Tolmachoff and their four children Bill, Ashley, Michael and Brooke. The farm originally grew cotton, wheat and corn in the first part of this century. Bill Senior started selling plums in the early 1970's from a roadside stand and the pick-your-own farm fresh produce stand has continued to grow ever since. Growing a large variety of fruit's and vegetables and striving to provide the community with the ultimate in fresh produce straight from the field to your table is the farm's Number One goal.

Check out the farm's feature on Glendale 11.

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N. Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon Railroad. The train travels a leisurely four hours from charming Clarkdale to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. First-class cars boast comfortable seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Everyone has access to open-air viewing cars where photographic opportunities abound.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak
Glendale, AZ 85310

Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix is Arizona’s biggest ‘n’ best water park. Located on Pinnacle Peak Road near I-17, the park features more than 30 thrilling attractions for everyone, including two world firsts – the Dueling H2O Coasters, Maximum Velocity and high-speed spiral, Constrictor. For more information, visit or call 623-201-2000.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium & Safari Park
16501 W. Northern Ave.
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
623-935-WILD (9453)

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium & Safari Park displays Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals, White Tigers, Lions, Jaguars, Leopards, Giraffe, Monkeys, Kangaroos, Sharks, Penguins, Stingray, and over 6,000 other exotic species. Take the Log Flume ride through the Aquarium, have an African Safari Train ride, skyride over animal exhibits, Australian Boat ride and kid’s exotic Animal Carousel. Open every day of the year!

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Recreation Centers and Special Facilities

  • Xeriscape Botanical Garden/City of Glendale
    Award-winning garden contains approximately 1,000 trees, shrubs, cactus and more. Listening wands can be checked out inside the library for a self-guided garden tour. Plants are identified by common and botanical names. Many are low-water use and excellent for Arizona gardens. Free landscaping brochures are available inside the library. Check out the water conservation Web site for an online tour of the garden. Open to the public dawn to dusk. 5959 W. Brown, Glendale, 623-930-3596,

Skate and BMX Facilities



Regional Parks

VisitGlendale.comEstrella Mountain Regional Park
14805 W. Vineyard Avenue, Goodyear, 85338
Phone: 623-932-3811

Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Peoria, 85345
Phone: 602-372-7460

Thunderbird Mountain Park
59th Avenue just south of Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 85308
Phone: 623-930-2820

White Tank Mountain Regional Park
13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road (Olive Avenue becomes White Tank Mountain Road), Waddell, 85355
Phone: 623-935-2502