We set out around 11am this morning, the White Tank Mountains Regional Park is only 11 mins from base and it's such a beautiful area, filled with trails of all kinds, little nooks and crannies, Saguaro Cactus as far as the eye can see, and even a little waterfall.
So come with me and I'll take you on the hike, it was a beautiful day, 72 degrees, a light breeze and tons of other families hiking and walking with their pets.
We picked the Waterfall Trail which is 0.5 miles long and home to Petroglyph Plaza. I tell you, seeing those up close is just absolutely amazing. If only I knew what they meant.
Getting higher into the mountain and closer to the waterfall. This waterfall is dry unless there's been a lot of rain lately, luckily for us, last week was filled with rainy days.
One of the tanks filled with water, we found out that this is what gives the White Tank Mountains their name........the tanks of water found throughout the park.
Getting to the waterfall was fun, to say the least, we had to climb over rocks and water tanks.
The park has worked hard at making a lot of the place more accessible, up until about a year or so ago, these rock stairs did not exist.
Time to stop for some photographs with the beautiful scenery behind, I just love the ones of daddy and kids.
Of course mommy and daddy were having a lot of fun too....sorry it's a bit blurry.
Stunning HUGE HUGE Saguaro Cactus, you have no idea how tall these things are. Actually if you click on one of the thumbnails above, there is a photo of me and the kids next to one, we look tiny.
Moss was everywhere and I just had to snap a picture, it's such a rich green color, gorgeous.
It was a wonderful day, for only $6 per vehicle to get in for the day and so much to explore, it's one of those inexpensive ways to have fun with the family. If you're ever around the area, be sure to check it out.
I leave you with a view of Phoenix from the White Tank Mountains....the smog is horrible, look at that brown cloud over the area