Coming from a mom who had three kids three and under, finding time to exercise can be hard. I loved to get my double bob stroller out with my kids and go for a walk, but going around my neighborhood could seem drab, especially when there are so many different scenic places to go in Phoenix.
My husband and I took the kids on many non stroller friendly hikes by mistake, and boy did we pay the price! Having all of this information and knowing what little kids are capable of, I felt compelled to write this list for moms (and dads) who might want to take a hike or a walk on a stroller friendly trail.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
A popular destination in the west valley, White Tank Mountain Regional Park is very busy on weekends. The waterfall trail is .5 miles barrier free according to the Maricopa site and paved as of 2017. The Entire trail is .9 miles. Reasonably, I feel like you probably could push a stroller .7 miles, but you won’t be able to see the waterfall area. The waterfall trail does close during bad weather and after bad rainstorms, so please be prepared.
Located in Mesa, Usery Park has a lot of easy trails on their maps. None are paved, however the dirt was easily packed and was jogger stroller friendly when we visited. We did Blevins Trail, and it provided great scenery. IT was also a 3 mile loop, which was a little long for our kids, but was doable for us. Very little shade was available on this path, but great scenery was available!
New River Trail at Rio Vista
The New River Trail at Rio Vista has many entrances that feed off of it, but the most popular feed is from Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This trail is 29 miles of paved trails between Glendale, Sun City and Peoria. While you won’t get a ton of hiking views from this trail, there are great views of washes, Loop 101, street scenery and different views than you will get if you were driving your usual errands!
Dreamy Draw Park Phoenix
If you are looking for a great path that has views of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Dreamy Draw is a great spot. The path is views Piestewa Peak, is paved, and has gorgeous mountain views. Plus, there is no admission into the park! The trail is approximately three miles long, so it is a great walk and is relatively flat.
North Mountain Park
North Mountain Park in Phoenix, located near Dreamy Draw has a very small loop for walking (just .3 miles) but is great if you have a small baby. This park is also good if you want a steep incline to work the gluteus maximus and don’t mind walking on the park’s small street with a stroller!
While many people think of Papago Park for the Hole in the Rock ), there is a lot more to explore! There are a lot of little trails in the park that make it a great place to walk around. I would advise that you keep little ones in a stroller, but it is a great place to walk as there are little lakes. There are also a few little playgrounds too. The Phoenix Zoo, which also is a great place to walk too!
Desert Botanical Gardens
The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix (Right near Papago Peak and the Phoenix Zoo) is also a great place to go with a stroller. If you are willing to wait for the second Tuesday of the month, it is usually free (check their website for details). There are great trails throughout the garden, plus they have birds and sometimes even butterflies! Beautiful scenery and wonderful landscapes!
Gilbert Riparian Preserve
The Gilbert Riparian Preserve has a lot of wonderful shade. There are also tons of great places to hang out by the water! While the park is not fully paved and might get a little muddy during monsoon season, there are lots of great places to walk all around this large area!