Explore Desert in Glendale

Glendale Arizona is an ideal place for anyone who love outdoor adventure. Possessing miles of hiking trails and acres of public parks, Glendale offers many interesting things for visitors. The city of Glendale is situated on the opposite side of Phoenix from Mesa AChas and has more than forty miles of expansion, quite easy hiking trails open from sunrise to sunset. Skunk Creek Linear Park, a 3 1/2 mile long trail, is linked with the Thunderbird Paseo Path, a four mile linear trail. Thunderbird Park has a series of trails spanning 20 miles. Bridle Path is a 9 mile long trail over decomposed granite which is expressly designed for equestrian use. Grand Canal Linear Park is a 3 1/4 mile trail. Apart from its hiking and horseback trails, Glendale has more than 100 miles of bicycle trails, namely Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, and Thunderbird Paseo Park. Glendale’s Family Bike Ride is a special event, which is held every year to encourage families to bicycle together. You are also able to explore the desert by taking a half-day guided tour along the Lower Salt River.


Plant lovers will be enthralled with Glendale’s award-winning Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Visitors can check out listening wands from the library, complete with Arizona air conditioning, to enjoy a self-guided tour of the Garden’s collection of over a thousand cacti, trees, and desert shrubs. Plants are identified with both their common and their botanical names and since many of the plants are low-water species they are adaptable for Arizona gardens. You can take an online tour of the Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Animal lovers will love Glendale’s Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium which contains Arizona’s largest collection of animals including white alligators and white tigers. Arizona’s first public aquarium opened here last year with eighty exciting exhibits.


It’s also possible to enjoy the beauties of Glendale AC with customized tours and day trips which take you and your family on scenic drives to Native American ruins, historic sites, and tours of wineries. Single-day or multiple-day tours pick you up at your hotel and take you to destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Prescott, Tombstone, Sedona, and Bisbee with on-board DVD entertainment and family-friendly, educational opportunities with free beverages provided. Another great family adventure is the Challenger Space Center. Another way to explore space is with a hot air balloon expedition, which lets your family view the beauty of the Sonora Desert in quiet tranquility from on high.