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Peoria is surrounded by the rugged beauty and breathtaking terrain of the Sonoran Desert. Its stunning sunsets and statuesque saguaros serve as a spectacular backdrop for a city that beckons just about anyone to venture outdoors. 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a crown jewel of the city, is an oasis in the desert with more than 10,000 acres of water, two marinas, and boat and watercraft rentals galore. It also boasts and extensive trail system, archaeological sites, gliding lessons and more. Once you set foot in our picturesque desert environment, you're sure to be hooked. 

Horseback Riding

An iconic Arizona activity, horseback riding promises to delight riders young and old. With multiple companies offering unique horseback riding experiences on trails along Skunk Creek and Lake Pleasant, there's an adventure for everyone. 

Arizona Riders
15125 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85381
(602) 403-9560Horseback Riding in Peoria

Arizona Horseriding Adventures 
14629 W. Peoria Avenue
Waddell, AZ 85355
(623) 640-3814

Betty's Trail Rides at Cibola Vista Resort &  Spa
27501 N. Lake Pleasant Blvd.
Peoria, AZ 85383
(623) 889-6700

Hiking and Biking

Peoria's Trail System

With access to 570 acres of parks and more than 25 miles of trails and the natural beauty of the hills and valleys of the Sonoran Desert, Peoria is a hiking mecca. 

Peoria’s Trail System

There are 12.5 miles along New River from Northern Avenue to Williams Road, 5.7 miles along Skunk Creek from 83rd Avenue to 51st Avenue in Glendale, and 11.25 miles of Mountain Hiking Trails.

Mountain Trails – WestWing Mountain, Sunrise Mountain, Eastwing Mountain, Calderwood Butte

Trail Hours: 

  • Mountain Trails - sunrise to sunset 
  • River Trails – sunrise – 10:30 p.m.
  • Trailheads - 6:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Download a trail map (PDF)

Gliding Lessons

Gliding Lessons at Lake Pleasant

For the ultimate outdoor adventure, take to the skies! Northwest Sky Sports offers glider rides and flying lessons near Lake Pleasant in Peoria. A glider flight is a great way to show guests the beauty of Arizona.

Northwest Sky Sports
51623 W. Alvin Rd
Aguila, AZ 85320
(602) 284-9977

Outdoor Activities at Lake Pleasant

Wakeboarding at Lake Pleasant

Water adventures and activities are plentiful on Lake Pleasant. Bring your own boat or personal watercraft and enjoy a day fishing or relaxing on the water. Water skiing and wakeboarding are very popular here. No boat? Daily rentals are available. Kayak and stand-up paddle boards are also available for rent.

The park also features a Visitor Center with museum-like exhibits and ranger-led talks and programs. There are nine trails to explore, including some multiple-use and some hike-only trails. Lake Pleasant Regional Park also has 148 camp sites for RVs and tent camping, advance reservations are recommended.

Read More: Lake Pleasant Activities & Amenities


Cowtown Paintball

The desert boasts unbelievable beauty but it can also serve as a fun backdrop for paintball! 

Cowtown Paintball Park is Arizona’s premier desert outdoor field that is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau. With a field that provides plenty of visibility and adventure.

Cowtown Paintball Park
10402 W. Carefree Hwy.
Peoria, AZ 85383
(602) 695-0722