Dreamy Draw Nature Trail

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Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Dreamy Draw Nature Trail #220 lies within the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area outside of Phoenix. This trail features a true Sonora Desert experience, with dry gullies, rocky inclines and desert wildflowers and shrubbery. The Dreamy Draw shares its trailhead with trail #302, right off E Squaw Peak Drive. Gated parking areas feature restrooms and water fountains for slurping, but be sure to take plenty of water with you. This is a short trail, but even the slightest inclines in desert temperatures can be dehydrating. Remember your doggo companion, too, who will pant out quite a bit of water from the exercise. 

This pleasant, fairly easy walk takes hikers and their pups through the foothills of the Phoenix Mountains, where they will cross several dry gullies surrounded by thick native Sonoran trees and bushes. Several animals can be seen here, most commonly coyotes and rabbits. At the beginning of the trail, you'll ascend the first gully and will be rewarded with furtastic views of Piestewa Peak, Stony Mountain, and the rest of the Phoenix Mountain peaks. The rest of the route is primarily flat, with mole hills popping up here and there, waiting to cause a turned ankle, so watch the trail ahead of you. The secluded washes provide a quiet, remote natural landscape and access to the trailhead is easy, making this a popular hike for humans and their fur-babies! The trail adheres to a Leave No Trace principle and relies on visitors to carry out whatever they carry in, along with any gifts from Fido, so be sure to bring clean up bags.

One of the pluses of the Dreamy Draw Nature Trail is that its loop intersects with at least 3 other looped trails which can be combined to create a miles-long hike that's almost totally customizable. So if the pooch leads you off onto another another trail, it won't be long before the two of you find yourselves back on your original track. 

A short, pleasant and secluded hike awaits you and your pack so close to Phoenix, it'll only take minutes to get here! Come on! Dreamy Draw Nature Trail is waiting for you!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, Desert, Easy Incline, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
While the trails are open until 11:00 pm, the gates and trailhead close at 7:00 pm. Stay on the trail to avoid damaging the fragile desert foliage. Many social trails criss-cross this one, so be sure to watch for "220" markers to keep you on the path.
Address
2421 E Northern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
2421 E Northern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM