Thunderbird Conservation Park

CLOSURES:

As the city of Glendale continues to proactively fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the city today (4/2/20) announced additional, temporary closures of amenities within our parks. Effective immediately, all city of Glendale amenities within our parks, including playgrounds, ramadas, sport courts, dog parks, and other recreational sites within parks, will be closed to public access until further notice. On March 31, 2020, Glendale park restrooms, the Foothills Sk8 Court Plaza Skatepark and the Glendale Regional X-COURT Skatepark were temporarily closed.

These closures are intended to reduce the chance of COVID-19 exposure. In accordance with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order, all open spaces, trails, and walking paths will remain open for public use.

The city's Parks and Recreation staff is in the process of restricting access to such amenities, as well as installing signage.

Park visitors are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet of space between themselves and other guests. Individuals who are sick or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 must stay home and avoid public spaces.

  • Parks & Recreation facilities including the Adult Center, Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, O’Neil Recreation Center, Glendale Community Center, Heroes Regional Parks Recreation Building will all be closed.

  • All classes and programs at recreation and community centers are suspended, This includes: Youth and Adult Sports Leagues, Summer Camps, After School Programs, Special Programs

Click here for a full list of services and facilities impacted.



  • 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


    PLEASE NOTE:
    The following project may be affected/delayed due to inclement weather. These dates are tentative and will be updated as schedules change. Call our office at 623-930-2691 with any questions.

    On the following dates, the dirt lots at Thunderbird Conservation Park will be regraded, compacted, and coated with a dust control material over decomposed granite. Work will be done in stages to try to minimize the impact on park users.

    On Monday, March 23, the contractor will begin work on the 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road parking lot and staff will redirect park users to the overflow lot for trail access. The lot will reopen the following Monday, March 30.

    On Monday, March 30, the 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane parking lot project will begin, and is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, April 6.

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.