Hike, bike, or horseback ride the Maricopa trail starting at the Horseshoe Park trailhead.
Horseshoe Park trailhead is part of the Maricopa Trail system. The elevation is 1,394 ft per Maricopa Country Parks. You might recall our blog post about the Desert Wells Stage Stop and ruins. This segment of the trail goes from Horseshoe Park to Desert Wells Stage Stop, which is about 2 miles. If you are going to hike this trail you might want two vehicles. Leave a car at one location and drive to the opposite location.
Note: This trail is not for ATVs or motorized vehicles.
Horseshoe Park Restrooms
There are public restrooms at this location. Remember there are no restrooms at the Desert Wells Stage Stop.
The trailhead starts on the west side of the complex. Many signs say, “Trail” and arrows to help guide to the hike.
If there is no event taking place there is plenty of parking. I do recommend when you are planning this hike to check the events calendar to see if an event will be taking place because the parking fills up fast.
We attended the Queen Creek Fall Festival at this location a few years back and the parking lot was full.
Maricopa Country Park Rules
Per the Maricopa Country Parks:
- Stay on designated trails.
- Tell someone where you are hiking and when you expect to return.
- Carry plenty of water for your entire hike. Remember water for your dog.
- When your water is half gone, turn around and return to the trailhead.
- Carry a cellphone.
- Don’t hike alone.
- Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.
- Use maps, know where you are going and what kind of terrain you are hiking on.
Horseshoe Park Trailhead – Queen Creek, Arizona
The Maricopa Trail is 315 miles long per Maricopa Country Parks. Do you have a segment of a hike that you enjoy? If so, where is it and what is the name of it?