We are spending a few weeks or so in the area around Phoenix, an area we haven't really spent anytime. Mariposa Count has great regional parks. Our first stop where we spent a few days is White Tank Regional Park, just west of Phoenix. It is the largest of these regional parks at 30,000 acres. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floods sending waters pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, forming series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name. Spring is here and after spending time in the stark winter deserts of California and parts of Arizona, our drive to the park is filled with sights of flowers along the roads and green hills.
They have a nice Library and nature center at the Park which we checked out.