Thunderbird Conservation Park

UPDATE:

PARKS PHASE I AMENITIES REOPENING AS OF 5/16/20

Most Glendale park amenities will reopen on Saturday May 16, 2020, in accordance with Governor Doug Ducey’s ‘Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger’ executive order.

The park amenities that have been closed and will reopen on May 16 include dog parks, playgrounds and sport courts. Skate courts will not be open at this time.

Park ramadas will be available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Reservations will not be accepted for any park ramadas at this time. Social distancing guidelines should be observed at all park ramadas and throughout park areas.

Important note: some park restrooms will open on Friday, May 22. Some park restrooms may not reopen due to facility conditions.

Park playgrounds have been power washed during the closure. Park ramadas are power washed on an ongoing basis as part of routine maintenance.

Park users are encouraged to continue following all CDC guidelines, including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet of space between individuals; washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer; and wearing masks or face covering if able. In addition, those who are sick or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to avoid public spaces.

Park concerns can be reported on GlendaleOne, which you will find linked on your left. If your concern is of an urgent nature, please contact the On-Duty Park Ranger at 623-695-3004.


SPLASH PAD WILL OPEN ON MAY 23, 2020

The Glendale Heroes Regional Park splash pad will open for the season on Saturday, May 23.

Splash pad users, and all those visiting Glendale parks, are encouraged to continue following all CDC guidelines, including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet of space between individuals; and washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer. In addition, those who are sick or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to avoid public spaces.


 

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    • Thunderbird Conservation Park is located north of Beardsley Road, between 67th and 55th avenues. For the hike, park in the lots on 59th (enter to the west) or 67th (enter to the east) avenues. There is no entry fee and pre-registration is not required. park finder app

      Open: Sunrise to sunset, daily
      • Gates locked at Sunset •
      Main Entrance: 59th Avenue between
      Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads


      Park is open, but ramadas and restrooms are closed until further notice. We will update this page as information becomes available.

    Information on Adopt-A-Trail.

    Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. The hills were named for Robert Hedgpeth, an early homesteader in the area. The park took its name from the World War II pilot training facility located four miles south of the park. The city of Glendale acquired the park in 1951 through a lease with the federal government. Ownership came in 1956 with the assistance of the Glendale Women’s Club and Glendale Rotary Club. Maricopa County operated the park from 1963 to 1984 and many of the park improvements were made during this time. In 1984 the park was returned to the city. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.

    PLEASE BE COURTEOUS
    With more people discovering the beauty and benefits of trails, they are becoming more crowded. With more users comes the need for guidelines for wise trail use. Such guidelines can enable all trail users to have the enjoyable experience everyone is looking for. Remember, courtesy is contagious and, who knows, you may make a new friend! Help us protect this fragile environment by staying on the trails.

    Download Trail Map

     Trail Name  Description Length Level of Difficulty Rating
    Coach Whip Originates at 67th Avenue parking lot at Patrick Lane and concludes at 51st Avenue & Potter. Not designated as a looped trail. Approximately 5.0 Miles  Moderate
    Flatlander
    Originates at 55th Ave & Pinnacle Peak parking lot and is a looped trail.   Approximately 1.25 Miles
    Easy 
    Arrowhead Point Originates south of Pinnacle Peak parking lot along the Coach Whip trail and ends at Ramadas 14 and 15.   Approximately 1.5 Miles  Moderate Difficult 
    Cholla Loop  Originates at parking lot A and ends at Coach Whip near 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Rd.  Approximately 3.0 Miles  Moderate to Moderate Difficult in certain areas 
    Sunrise  Originates at the North end of the amphitheater, or near Ramada 11. A branch of this trail originates at Ramada 11, travels west and intersects the Coach Whip trail on the west side of the park.  Approximately 2.0 Miles with the west branch  Moderate to Moderate Difficult in certain areas 
    Ridgeline  Originates off of the Coach Whip trail and intersects with the Sunrise trail.   Approximately .4 Miles  Moderate
    Desert Iguana  Originates at 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane parking lot and concludes at parking lot B.   Approximately .75 Miles  Easy 
    Chuckwalla  Originates at Ramada 13 and concludes at Ramada 9.   Approximately .25 Miles  Moderate 


    Know Your Ability and Choose the Right Trail
    Every year, more than 200 people have to be rescued while hiking in parks and preserves. Make an informed decision on which trail to hike. Choose a trail that is within your ability and your hike will be more enjoyable. See the trail ratings following the map above. See the Trail Rating Guide.

    TRAIL RULES & GUIDELINES
    Some of the rules and guidelines listed are covered in the Glendale City Park Code. Those that are laws have the code number in parentheses.