Queen Creek’s interconnected network of parks, trails, open spaces and recreation opportunities will provide safe and diverse activities and programs to sustain its unique, small town, equestrian agricultural character. The trails will be centered on the natural beauty of the Queen Creek and Sonoqui washes and San Tan Mountains along with interconnected neighborhood trails.
The Sonoqui Wash trail connected from Gilbert will be part of the Maricopa Trail. The County has been developing this regional trail system since February 2000. The Maricopa Trail is being developed in three phases. When completed, the entire trail system will cover an estimated 750 miles. Phase II of the Maricopa Trail plan, adopted October 2003, encompasses the southeast valley and the connection to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park through the Sonoqui Wash.
All the trails in Queen Creek other than the Wash bottoms (reserved for equestrian) are multiuse trails; the town relies on courtesy and the following yield sign. Please remember trail etiquette whenever using trail routes. Shared-use is defined as nonmotorized use accommodating such activities as hiking, bicycling, equestrians, jogging and Rollerblading. Material is self-selecting for some uses (e.g., Rollerbladers on paved surfaces and equestrians on unpaved surfaces). All path/trail facilities are for nonmotorized uses.
Due to the current rural nature of the Town, most equestrians can still use the unimproved road shoulders and many unpaved streets for riding. Queen Creek and Sonoqui washes are also popular riding destinations and are accessible to equestrians. A primary destination for hikers and equestrians is San Tan Mountain Regional Park south of Town. The currently existing trails include paved and decomposed granite construction.
ATV enthusiasts - check out these links for state ATV tracks and trails:
Enthusiasts can also search the Internet for local private businesses that offer facilities for ATV riders.