Like I mentioned in my previous blog, mom and I have been running again. We make a most excellent team. She leads me out, and I pull her home! Woof. One of our favorite local spots is the Sonoran Parkway / Dove Valley paved path. It is part of the Sonoran Desert Preserve on the north end of Phoenix.
We encourage you to park at the Apache Wash Trail Head at 1600 E Sonoran Desert Drive as it is free and has human restrooms. It’s a huge parking lot, but you would be surprised how full it gets on weekends. This area attracts hikers, runners, bikers and horses.
The paved path is actually ½ mile from the restroom back toward Sonoran Parkway. You’ll come to a “T” and have the choice of running East for 1.9 miles or West for 3.1 miles. Obviously, you can run as long or short as you like. We’ve done both directions, but today, we opted to go East.
When you run East, you have mountain views in front of you. For about .4 miles, the path is right by the road. It can be noisy as our part of town has grown. We remember when we’d hardly see or hear a car on this road, and now it is steady traffic all the time.
At that .4-mile mark, the trail veers off to the left, and you are in the desert preserve. It is much quieter. Pay attention, and you will see markers indicating how far you have run. These are always nice because you set your turnaround spot and what your total round-trip will be.
This paved path is a real gem. It isn’t flat but only has nice, gentle ups and downs. It really is perfect for walking, running or biking. We just love being in the desert, especially when in bloom. Soon the colors will disappear because of the heat, so you might want to get out sooner than later.
Note: This direction doesn’t have much shade. Running west, you would have some shade structures. Either direction, watch out for snakes! They are out and love lying in the cracks of the pavement. Tricky buggers!
Regardless of which direction you run, there aren’t any garbage cans. Please remember to pick up after your pooch and carry it back out. Garbage cans are by the restrooms in the parking lot. And, we are sad that we even have to say this, but DO NOT SMOKE on the path or on any of the trails. It is actually illegal, but we’ve been out running and inhaled the smoke of someone in front of us. Dangerous!! We all need to do our part to protect our beautiful desert. Eighty-five percent of all fires are human causes. Please be careful.
We ran three miles total. If you wanted, you could keep running past the parking lot and come back again. That’s the beauty of this path – options! Let me take this opportunity to wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! I know I’ve got the best mom in the whole world. Life is good.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!