White Tank Mountain Regional Park, located 20 miles west of Sun City at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, has canceled its Full Moon Walk on Mule Deer Trail event originally scheduled for Friday, June 5.
The moderate 2-mile hike on Mule Deer Trail was to take visitors to see the desert in a different light -- by moonlight -- during a walk through the Sonoran Desert.
A fire ban is in effect at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, and the Nature Center is currently closed.
Due to COVID-19, the park hours have been changed. Until further notice, hours are 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.
Nearly 30,000 acres makes White Tank Mountain Regional Park the largest regional park in Maricopa County.
The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain, according to Maricopa County Parks and Recreation. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.