San Tan Mountain Regional Park: Looking for Wildflowers

It was 85 degrees today, a perfect day for walking outside

Wildflowers along Riggs Road in a wash

Wildflowers along Riggs Road in a wash

We drove to San Tan Mountain Regional Park and took the easy one mile hike, first half Little Leaf Trail, then turned left and headed back along the Gold Mine Trail.

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We saw the spring wildflowers

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Strawberry Hedgehog

The best thing I did was stop at the nature center before the hike to ask for the right hike for my boys and to pick up a color sheet of wildflower identifications so that we knew the names of the flowers.

a great bank of brittlebush (I think!)

a great bank of brittlebush (I think!)

Mexican gold poppies are my favorite. I love their vibrant, sunny color.

Mexican Golden Poppies were everywhere

Mexican Golden Poppies were everywhere

We did not see any snakes, just some lizards and birds. I knew the snakes are out this time of year. I like to see them, I just don’t like to be surprised by them.

Coulter's Lupine

Coulter’s Lupine

We picked up the snake and the tarantula at the gift shop. They were so soft and cuddly and very reasonable!

The trail has lots of dips and gullys bisected with sandy washes, it is a fun place to run

The trail has lots of dips and gullys bisected with sandy washes, it is a fun place to run

At the halfway point we saw the sign for the Gold Mine Trail and turned left, back to the visitor’s center.

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The boys were a little tired but revived whenever they saw an interesting rock or a good walking stick. We each drank a bottle of water.

At the visitor center we saw a tarantula, a gila monster, a king snake, a rattle snake and a table of items to touch and handle.

At the visitor center we saw a tarantula, a gila monster, a king snake, a rattle snake and a table of items to touch and handle.

we spent about a half hour in the visitor center playing with puzzles, resting a little and watching the snakes.

An assortment of dried cactus spine, snake skin, feathers for you to touch and handle as you wish

An assortment of dried cactus spine, snake skin, feathers for you to touch and handle as you wish

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On the trail we expected to see rattle snakes stretched out and sunning themselves but no luck.

On the trail we expected to see rattle snakes stretched out and sunning themselves but no luck.

The San Tan Mountain Regional Park has an active calendar. The park is located at 6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek Arizona 85242, 480-655-5554, santanpark@mail.maricopa.gov It has a visitor’s center with a modern restroom and a gift shop.

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On the way home from the park I pulled over on Riggs Road (right next to the Equestrian Center) and photographed a beautiful wash loaded with poppies, lupine, marigold and bladderpad.

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I hope you enjoyed our pictures of our morning out! I enjoy sharing our days with you.

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