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Estrella Mountain Regional Park

These 19,840 acres of desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954.  Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the park includes a large wetland, or riparian, area.  The majority of the park remains pristine desert, very similar in appearance to the landscape seen by the first settlers and explorers.  The Sierra Estrella range, or Star Mountains, was once within the Mexican border, and remained so until the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Today, many amenities are available to visitors, including the only grass picnic area in the Maricopa County Park System.

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14805 West Vineyard Avenue
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Ph: 623-932-3811
Fax: 623-932-7718


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Park Hours

Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year

Nature Center Hours
Sun - Wed: 8 am - 6 pm
Thu - Sat: 8 am - 8 pm

Admin. Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4 pm

Nature Center

The Nature Center is now open - please stop by. Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ~ 7 days a week.

Picnicking

Estrella Park offers 8 ramada areas for large group picnics, weddings, birthday parties, and office parties. The ramadas all have lights, electrical outlets, cement slabs, large grills and parking areas nearby.

These ramadas can be reserved for a fee in four-hour increments. If not marked as reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ramada #1 - On the north side of the picnic loop, has 6 picnic tables, one large grill and a fire ring.

  • Ramada #2 - On the north side of the picnic loop, has 2 ramadas with a large patio between them. Each ramada has 5 picnic tables and 1 large grill. There is a large fire pit, volleyball poles, a basketball hoop and shade trees.

  • Ramada #3 - On the north side of the picnic loop, has 6 picnic tables, one large grill and a fire ring.

  • Ramada #4 - On the north side of the picnic loop, has 4 picnic tables, and 1 large grill. This ramada is closest to the Super Playground.

  • Ramada #5 - Newly built near the Navy Area, has 2 ramadas with a large patio between them. Each ramada has 4 picnic tables and 1 grill. There is a small basketball court nearby.

  • Ramada #6 - On the south side of the picnic loop, has 2 large ramadas with a large patio between them. There are 10 picnic tables, 2 large grills, a basketball hoop and a fire ring.

  • Ramada #7 - On the south side of the picnic loop, has 6 picnic tables, one large grill, a fire ring, and a basketball hoop.

  • Ramada #8 - On the south side of the picnic loop, has 2 large ramadas with a large patio between them. There are 14 picnic tables, 2 large grills, a fire ring, and a basketball hoop.

  • Ramada #9 - Situated in a plaza, it is on the west end of the picnic loop near the park entrance. There are 48 picnic tables, 4 large grills, a fire pit with seating, a large parking lot and a restroom nearby.

Other Recreational Facilities

Estrella Park also offers a number of other recreational facilities for your enjoyment.  A large amphitheater located south of Ramada #5 has a stage and seating for hundreds.  The amphitheater may be reserved for activities including weddings, church gatherings, and scout groups.  Two softball fields located at the park entrance can be reserved for teams or for use by a large group wanting to picnic and play softball.  A large lighted rodeo arena, including bucking and roping chutes and seating for 1,000 is also available. Reservation for these facilities is required.

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