In 2014, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department updated White Tank Mountain Regional Park’s Master Plan. One of the features most requested at the Waddell park was a small campground focused on the needs of park visitors who enjoy camping in tents, their vans, trucks and small trailers.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the park hosted an open house to unveil the new Willow Campground Area. The campground caters to the needs of those who are seeking a more intimate and rustic experience with nature.
“Last year, the Parks and Recreation Department identified a 44,550 square feet area west of Willow Canyon Road for a new campground,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “The area had previously been used by the park for overflow camping and small youth groups. This area provides the perfect setting for those seeking a more primitive camping experience.”
Improvements made to the area include:
• The addition of four new vehicle pull-through, five new vehicle back-in, and eleven walk-in tent semi-developed campsites.
• A new shower house, trail connector to the Mesquite Trail, trailer turn-around area, welcome signs, additional parking, and a dishwashing station complete with hot water.
Each campsite also includes a picnic table, a fire ring with a barbecue grate and a 12 X 12 level tent pad.
“This is one of the most picturesque areas in the park and since we repurposed an area which had already been developed, we were able to avoid disturbing another area for this project,” added R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation director. “Also, given the increasing popularity of the park, we’ve reserved three additional areas for future expansion.”
White Tank Mountain Regional Park is located at 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. The park is at the west end of Olive Avenue.
For information about activities or reservations, call 602-506-2930 ext. 5 or visit maricopacountyparks.net.