Tours and Events

For event dates, click on EVENTS, then choose Parks and Recreation Activities.
 

Interpretive ToursPinnacle Peak Astronomy

Discover the Sonoran Desert!  Guided Interpretive Tours are offered every Tuesday to Sunday from November to April.  Participants will learn interesting facts about the park flora and fauna, Hohokam history, and park geology while hiking to the Grandview Lookout area, where the tour ends.  Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately two hours.  Be prepared to hike portions of steep, rocky trail at a leisurely pace with many stops along the way.  Wear comfortable outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and carry plenty of water.

Tours are not offered during inclement weather, holidays or holiday weekends.

Days Offered: Tuesday - Sunday during the months of November through March.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours
Distance Covered: Approximately 1.5 mile
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Registration Required: No (tour is limited to 20 participants)

Full Moon Hikes

Join staff and volunteers on a guided walk to the Grandview area as the moon rises. This cool evening hike will include a starlight night and chance to be in the park after hours.  Program duration is approximately 1.5 hours and 1.5 mile of moderate hiking.

Registration is required, and will begin one week prior to the date.

Please contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 to register or for more information.  Moonlight hikes are canceled if rainy or overcast conditions exist.  Call the afternoon of the event to reconfirm.

The 2014-2015 schedule is the following:

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 p.m
Friday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 4, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 7:15 p.m.
 

Astronomy Evenings

Enjoy a beautiful desert evening under the stars and learn about some of the objects visible in the night sky.  A short talk explaining interesting facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth is followed by observing the moon, several planets, multiple star systems, globular clusters and nebulae through a celestron telescope.  Beginners are welcome and the explanation will be kept at a novice level.  No hiking is required for this very special event. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a small penlight flashlight for this outdoor event.  Program duration is approximately 1.5 hours.

Astronomy Evenings are canceled if rainy or overcast conditions exist.  Call the afternoon of the event to reconfirm.

Please contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 to register or for more information.

Registration is required, and will begin one week prior to the date. 
Everyone must be 8 years or older.

The 2014-2015 schedule is the following:

Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17, 6:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21, 6:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 6:15 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 7:15 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.

Special Events and Exhibits

Throughout the year, Pinnacle Peak Park will host special events such as reptile and raptor exhibits, guest speakers and lectures.

The 2014-2015 schedule is the following:

These organizations will be located in the ramada from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27 - Southwest Wildlife Conservation
Sunday, Jan. 18 - Liberty Wildlife
Saturday, March 21 - Liberty Wildlife
Saturday, May 2 - Southwest Wildlife Conservation

This season we are offering 3 Evening Wildlife Programs:
 

  • Friday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Biology of Bats — Join Arizona Game and Fish Biologist Randy Babb for a presentation on the biology of bats, one of the most misunderstood and maligned animals on the planet. Learn about the important role these fascinating creatures play in our everyday lives and get a glimpse into their secretive lives and some of their fascinating adaptions for survival. 

     

  • Friday, Nov. 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wildcats of Arizona — Four species of wildcats call Arizona their home, including the third and fourth largest cats in the world; the jaguar and mountain lion.  Though attacks by mountain lions are very rare, they have been responsible for several human deaths in the United States over the past decades. Join Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist Randy Babb for an evening of learning about the lives of these secretive lives of Arizona’s largest remaining predators.

     

  • Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Venomous Animals of Arizona — Arizona is home to more species of venomous creatures than any other state.  We have 14 species of rattlesnakes, over 60 species of scorpions and who knows how many species of spiders living in our state.  In fact one a single mountain range near Phoenix has more species of venomous reptiles that the entire U.S. east of the Mississippi River.  Learn about these amazing animals and the real threat they present to you in an evening program with Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist Randy Babb. Live animals will be used to augment the presentation.
Reservations are required for each program and will be taken one week prior to the activity. Please call the Park’s main number at 480-312-0990 for more information, or to make your reservation.