The Maricopa Trail
A 6.3-mile section of the Maricopa Trail is owned and maintained by the Anthem Community Council and supported by the Desert Foothills Land Trust. This section runs from Rt. 17 thru Anthem, Desert Hills and New River, ending at New River Rd. The trail is rated "beginner to intermediate," is relatively flat and equestrian-friendly.
Volunteer participation is critical for trail sustainability and preservation of the trail. A trail stewardship day was held in 2015 for this section of the trail, hosted by the Anthem Community Council, Desert Foothills Land Trust, New River/Desert Hills Community Association and Maricopa County Parks & Recreation. Additionally, in 2016, the Maricopa Trail and Parks Foundation (MT&PF) developed a stewardship program for this area, facilitated locally by Regional Steward and Anthem resident Rick Kesselman. Spending time as a family on the trail and learning about trail etiquette/stewardship is instrumental in preserving the landscape for future generations. Learn more about the Maricopa Trail or view a map of the Maricopa Trail/Spur Cross/Cave Creek area.
Neighborhood Trail System
Numerous trails and paths are also woven throughout residential areas of Anthem - 15 miles in total. These trails are ideal for walking, jogging, biking and other pedestrian uses. Pets must be leashed at all times. Many of the trails are adjacent to 404 areas and washes. Learn what you can and cannot do in these areas to maintain the safety and aesthetics of the community. View the trails on the community map.
Stewardship and racing events on the Maricopa Trail
Learn how to get involved in racing events and/or stewardship events on the trail system. As events are announced, they will be posted here.
- Maricopa County proposed new trail - provide feedback by Sept. 26, 2016
- Trail Maintenance Workshop
- Prickly Pedal Bike Race | View a video
- First area Trail Stewardship Day a Success
- Boy Scouts assist with Trail cleanup
Daisy Mountain Trails/Hikes
During the winter/spring, 4- and 7-mile guided hikes are sometimes offered on Daisy Mountain (ages 10 yrs. and up; 10-14 yrs. must be with an adult). View dates (if applicable) in the Activity Guide. A permit from the State Land Department is required for those who wish to hike Daisy Mountain, with the exception of the guided hikes. Apply for a permit. Learn more about Daisy Mountain and the work of the Desert Foothills Land Trust/Save Daisy Mountain Committee.
Especially in the Arizona heat of summer, please take precautions and use good judgment when heading out for a hike. View this guide for safe hiking tips.
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a pilot program for three months to prohibit dogs on trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher. The City of Phoenix also banned all dogs from Camelback Mountain, regardless of temperatures. The rule went into effect July 8, 2016, and violators may be cited with penalties up to $2,500 and jail time.