Spring Registration begins January 6th at 8:00am for Mesa residents and January 13th at 8:00am for non-residents. The main office of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department has moved.  The new main office is located at 708 W. Baseline Road, #4, which is between Country Club Drive and Extension Road.

Desert Arroyo Park

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Children's Discovery Guide

    Flora Discovery Guide

Fauna Discovery Guide



9320 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207
Mesa, AZ  85207 

  • Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  • 5 shaded picnic ramadas (non-reservable)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • ¼-mile Desert Botanical Walk with plant identification signs
  • ¾-mile Explorers Path loop for hiking and biking
  • ½-mile paved Discovery Loop connecting the five educational/picnic nodes

This beautiful 58-acre parcel of native desert uplands is located at the northeast corner of McKellips and Ellsworth Roads with the entrance just off the access drive to Zaharis Elementary School. Desert Arroyo Park takes full advantage of the site’s natural desert landscape with a passive park focusing on experiencing the native desert. The existing desert landscape has been enhanced to develop an interpretive educational experience. There is a looped trail system and an outdoor desert classroom for environmental education. Improvements include parking, playground, trails & interpretive signage, shaded picnic ramadas and gathering spaces. Public  Wi-Fi access (connect to @mesa) is available in the outdoor classroom area to enhance learning opportunities and experiences. 



Located in the northeast corner of Mesa, Arizona is a beautiful Sonoran Desert oasis known as Desert Arroyo Park.  This vibrant desert is home to a variety of Sonoran Desert flora and fauna. Download a guidebook of your choice (from the links above) and head on out to experience the City of Mesa's premier Sonoran Desert park... Desert Arroyo Park!

Bring pencil and paper to capture the rubbings on the interpretive signage in each node, too.




Arroyo Node

Two shaded picnic tables


Desert Wash Play Area




 Arthropodal Node

Shaded outdoor classroom

Three picnic tables

Interpretive signage and rubbings for desert bugs

Analemmatic Sundial

Avian Node

Two shaded picnic tables

Interpretive signage and rubbings for desert birds

Chimes to mimic bird songs



 Mammalian Node

Two shaded picnic tables

Interpretive signage, rubbings, and footprints for desert mammals

Crawl tubes to mimic animal dens

Come out and explore!




 Reptilian Node

Two shaded picnic tables

Interpretive signage and rubbings for desert reptiles

Play sand pit with hidden rocks marked with reptile images





scorpion  owl  lizard  coyote 



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