In my quest to discover trails and hikes in Arizona that I can rate as “easy,” I decided to check out the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail with Wynston and my mom. At only 2.5 miles round trip, I thought this mostly flat, dirt trail could be perfect for my bad hip and small dog. It’s a great length and it’s not strenuous. I’d rate the trail as “easy” but I’d also rate it as “mediocre.”
Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail
When I found out about the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail, I figured it’d be like a small version of the Riparian Preserve. I knew it was over by the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa where the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The trail is indeed flat and dirt so it works out nicely for someone who’d like to take a leisurely stroll or maybe run along the desert landscape.
After arriving at the Sheraton resort area, we pulled into a small parking lot along the trail. As soon as you enter the area, the lot is about 1/4 of a mile in on your right. There are several places that you can pick up the Interpretive Trail.
The first spot we came to was some beautiful running water under a cute little bridge. We appreciate small creeks like this because they are rare in Phoenix. My initial thought was that this trail was going to be awesome!
On the south side of the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail is the Whirlwind Golf Club. It’s kind of fun to see the golfers out there and even better, the mountains behind them are magnificent.
Some of the trail is shaded but most of it is in the sun. It made it really hot for Wynston. He always seems to struggle with dirt paths in the sun. He’d much rather climb a mountain in Payson.
We saw some wildlife including a hawk, desert mice, rabbits and lizards. Of course the cactus and flowers during the spring give the trail it’s beauty. There’s a plethora of signs that explain history of the area and the local plants along the trail. They are very interesting to read, actually.
So, what makes the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail “mediocre?” Well, the entire trail runs along the road so you constantly hear cars drive by you about 20 feet away. It got loud and annoying at times. When we got to the end of the trail, we found out that we simply had to turn around. The trail isn’t a loop or anything like that. You just walk 1.25 miles then turn around to walk the same trail back 1.25 miles. That’s just a bit repetitive…
If you’re looking for an adventure and something really unique, this isn’t it. There are some great areas for photos but it’s a pretty basic desert walk overall. It would be perfect if you’re just looking to get out and enjoy the desert without getting a work out or exploring new things. It’s also worth checking out if you’re staying at the resort since you can walk right onto the trail. I think it may also be better if you have never been to Arizona and the desert environment is new to you.
Basic Overview of the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Trail
Length: 2.5 miles
Time: An hour or so, depending on how fast you’re walking
Pets: leashed dogs welcome
Overall rating: Mediocre
Have you ever been on this walk? Do you have any favorite easy trails in your area?