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Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Estrella Mountain Regional Park is located in South Goodyear. There is a charge of $6 per car (regular car not RV) for entry. Campsites are available for RVs and camping.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park also has a Nature center. We didn’t have enough time to check it out (actually, after our little hike and play at the playground the kids wanted ice cream), but we will have another post on that in the future!

I looked up trails that would be friendly for our family to check out. If you remember my blunder on the Skyline¬†Regional Park in Buckeye, I didn’t want to make that mistake again. I find the Maricopa County websites hard to navigate, so I checked out “All trails” app, which was more helpful but it was wrong about the location of the trail I wanted and if it was stroller friendly (it was not!)

We checked out the Baseline trail.

The Baseline trail was “supposed to be” stroller friendly and about a 2.4 mile loop. Unfortunately, from the parking area we were at to the actual trail was about .5 miles, so we didn’t go too far on the trail. But, we did take some awesome pictures of the landscape.

We also turned the corner and saw this!

Beautiful scenery.

The kids weren’t in the best of hiking moods, so we decided to head back down to the playground area near where we parked.

There are two good places to park if you want to get to the play area- W Casey Abbott Rd S and W Ampitheater Dr (to the East is a huge parking area), and closest to the Baseline trail, or keep heading down W Casey Abbot Dr to S 143rd Dr and there is an entrance to the park parking lot off of 143rd.

But, be warned if you cross the grassy area like we did, there were a lot of snake holes (I think).

They were throughout the grassy areas, but luckily not near the playground area. There were ample bathrooms around the playground area and near where we parked. I was very pleased that the bathrooms had lights in them and were really clean.

As we crossed the area from where we parked I took this picture of the grounds. I’m pretty sure that the abundance of rain this winter gave us this green ground covering! But, there were a LOT of holes in the ground from “creatures”!

The climbers were much like the other Maricopa parks we have been to. If you have a wee one, be careful if they are on the larger climbers as they are HARD and challenging. The baby swings were pretty much underneath the shade, which made me happy. The strange climbing and crawling thing with holes had an interesting sign.

Ummmm so, should it just be ages 2-12? Or, underneath is 2-5 and climbing on top is 5-12? Not sure!

There were a few things that were just perfect for the really wee ones. I also love the cute theme throughout all of the Maricopa Parks.

There was also lots of shade around the park, as well as ramadas with picnic benches nearby, and huge trees with benches throughout the park (kind of scattered willy nilly).

I actually like this playground best out of all of the Maricopa Parks we have been to. If you are looking for a place to have a family get together, for a reasonable $6 fee per car, this is a great place to meet up during the cooler weather! Especially because there are bathrooms nearby!

And, if you are looking for a good hike, there are lots of trails with different challenges and great views!

The Basics

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

14805 W Vineyard Ave, Goodyear




  1. Kim on March 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is hard to find a stroller friendly trail! The Gila Trail is the only one that you can easily take a stroller on in this park. It is only a half mile. It branches off to harder trails, but you can’t take the stroller on them. We do the Gila Trail with our twins in the stroller and our three year old. It is more of a glorified walk than a hike, but it is fun! (The nature center isn’t very exciting, more of a little shop for people who camp there. A few snakes on display, but that is really it.)

    • Vicki on March 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

      hahah good to know !! Thank you so much! Yes, I like going on a “hike” but, my kids aren’t always ready for it!

  2. Henrietta Torgan on April 12, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Kim was right about the Gila trail. That is a barrier-free trail which is about a 1/2 mile long. The holes in the turf area are made by the ground squirrels. They sure are destructive little guys. I know the park staff is working hard at getting the picnic ramadas rebuilt and then working on the turf area. How did you like that mile long sidewalk that has just been poured? Next time be sure to stop in the nature center. They have live snakes, insects, desert tortoise, and toad on display. Ask for a copy of the calendar of events. Ranger Amanda is AMAZING and provides lots of free programing (after you pay the now $7.00 entry fee). Speaking of the entry fee, it is $85.00 for a season pass to all Maricopa county parks – so if you go just once a month your season pass pays for itself. Another option is to buy the coupon book – $45.00 for 10 coupons that don’t expire – so that is $4.50 to enter the parks. As far as camping goes, all sites are taken up by seasonal park hosts from the end of Dec. through the middle of April. There is no primitive camping allowed.

    • Vicki on April 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks!!! Great information!

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