Join Ranger Nikki on an easy/moderate 3-mile walk 9-11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road in Mesa, to learn all about cacti from saguaros to cholla, prickly pear, barrel and more.
The route follows Noso, Levee and Blevins Trails. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, a hat and sunscreen. Meet on the south side of Trailhead Staging at the start of Noso Trail.
Limit 20 participants. Registration required by calling Usery Nature Center at 602-506-2930 x4 with your name, number attending and phone number. The registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 6.
Vehicle entry at the park costs $7. Usery Mountain Regional Park is open 5 a.m.-9 p.m. May 1-Oct. 31 and 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 1-April 30. Go to maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/usery-mountain-regional-park.
The 3,648-acre park became part of Maricopa County’s regional park system in 1961. It is at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to Tonto National Forest. The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park — the Wind Cave Trail — water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors.