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White Tank Mountain Regional Park

White Tank Mountain Regional Park covers nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. 

White Tank Mountains

White Tank Mountains

GPS: 33.56650, -112.49650


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20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355
Ph: 623-935-2505

Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet.

Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.

Eleven archeological sites, occupied during the time period A.D. 500-1100, were located within the boundaries of White Tank Mountain Regional Park. All of these sites can be attributed to the Hohokam Indians. The White Tanks were apparently abandoned by the Hohokam about A.D. 1100. 

There is no further indication of human occupation until the historic period, when the Western Yavapai controlled the area. Due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the difficulty of obtaining water, sites in the White Tank Mountains were restricted to large canyons leading out of the mountains on the east, north and probably west.

Ancient Arizonans pecked hundreds of figures and symbols on the rock faces of the White Tank Mountains. Some may approach 10,000 years old. All have withstood sun, rain, and vandals for 700 or 800 years or more.

The Black Rock Trail circles through a Hohokam village site, though the pit houses and trash mounds are hidden to all but the trained eye of an archeologist. 

The largest group of rock-art panels is along the Waterfall Canyon Trail at "Petroglyph Plaza". Another big group is near the entrance to the box canyon that gives the trail its name.

How to get there:
From central Phoenix, take I -10 west 18 miles to Hwy 303. North on Hwy 303 to Olive. West 4 miles on Olive to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park entrance.

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

Park Activities

  • Biking

  • Camping

  • Events

  • Hiking

  • Horseback Riding

  • Maps

  • Picnicking

  • RV's

  • Star Gazing

  • Trails

White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers 240 picnic tables with grills, 80 of which have a small cover.

Eleven Group Picnic Sites are available for large groups. 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.

  • Area 3 - located near the White Tank Visitor Center. Two, four-table ramadas, three large barbeque grills, an activity court, a fire ring, restroom facilities, and parking for approximately 20 vehicles.

  • Area 4 - located across the Black Rock Loop Trailhead. Six, four-table ramadas, seven grills, three activity courts, three fire rings, a playground, and restroom facilities.

  • Area 7 - located at the Waddell/Mesquite Trailhead. This area is great for weddings or receptions because of the beautiful mountain backdrop and desert landscaping. Area 7 also offers an Amphitheater with four benches. Three, two-table ramadas, six grills, one fire ring, and restroom facilities.

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