Get outdoors in Chandler
We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Arizona, where the weather is pleasant while much of the country is in a deep freeze. Our winters are the perfect time to get outside and explore the myriad outdoor activities the East Valley has to offer, and Chandler is one of the most outdoor-friendly areas in the entire Valley.
With 87 total parks, including four dog parks and 54 playgrounds, Chandler is hard to beat when it comes to places to enjoy some sunshine with family and friends. Here, we round up a few of our favorite spots:
Named “the pride of South Chandler” by the local tourism office, Tumbleweed Park is located at the southwest corner of Germann and McQueen Roads. This massive outdoor space has something for all Chandler residents, including a centrally located “Playtopia” space for kids to run, jump, and climb to their hearts’ content. It’s also the ideal spot for tennis players to fit in a match or two at one of the several tennis courts in the park.
Don’t miss the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, a gorgeous 62,000 square-foot facility with fitness classes, community events, an indoor track, locker rooms, and a full gymnasium. Check out the center’s great family nights for fun ideas to unplug and connect with the kids!
Veterans Oasis Park
This park was made for outdoor appreciation, from stargazing to nature photography and birdwatching. Located on Chandler Heights Rd near Lindsay Rd, the Veterans Oasis Park is home to the city’s Environmental Education Center. This beautiful center hosts four classrooms to promote wildlife preservation and environmental awareness, an outdoor amphitheater, and an urban fishing lake.
The Education Center is free, and encourages visitors to enjoy the clean, open walking trail around the Veterans Oasis Lake. The facility serves another purpose for the community, as well, recharging reclaimed water into the ground for future use.
Snedigar Recreation Center
Named for fallen Chandler Police Officer James Snedigar, this 90-acre sports complex hosts four Little League baseball fields, 12 soccer fields, the Chandler skate park, and a 9,000 square-foot recreation center. Chances are good you’ve been here before if your kids play sports in the city, but you may not know that Chandler residents can rent out pavilions and meeting spaces in the center for special events.
The Snedigar Recreation Center is located south of Ocotillo Rd off Basha Rd, with especially easy access to nearby golf courses to fit in a round before or after sporting events hosted here.
Just south of Chandler’s city limits, we’d be remiss to not mention the trailhead welcoming hikers of all skill levels to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. This 3.6 mile out and back hiking trail also welcomes trail runners, horses, and mountain biking. It’s also incredibly dog-friendly, though the county does ask that you keep Fido on his leash.
Find the entrance to gorgeous views of the Southeast Valley down Wagon Wheel Rd, south of Hawes Rd and Empire Blvd. This trail is especially spectacular in the springtime, when wildflowers of all kinds dot the desert landscape with color.
What’s your favorite outdoor spot in Chandler? Share your favorites with the community and what you most enjoy doing when you visit! Check out the map below to find our favorite spots.