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Desert Horizon Park in Scottsdale

Chris and Jana Tingom

This morning we packed up the car and headed over to Desert Horizon Park with Emily, our two-year old daughter. As I write this, the temperatures are just beginning to cool down so we’re starting to explore parks again – something we’ve missed over the summer.

Desert Horizon Park

This park is located on 56th St. between Greenway Rd. and Bell Rd.

Desert Horizon Park offers a wide variety of activities for kids, but today I’ll focus on the playground area. We enjoyed swing sets (there are two) and the sandy playground area holds two structures kids can play on. The first one is for younger kids-appropriate for toddlers with watchful parents. The second one is a larger structure and is for older kids. Both have a few slides, and ladders for climbing.

The park also has other activities, including fitness equipment, baseball diamonds, as well as public bathrooms.

The Phoenix Desert Horizon Police Precinct is located at the entrance to the park, which probably makes this park a little bit safer than others.

If you want to go for a walk or jog, you can go around the parameter of the park. This loop is 1 mile in length and is paved the entire way. In the spring, winter, and fall months this park is a hive of activity, including lots of kids activities like football, soccer, and baseball.

There are a lot of picnic tables as well, so bring your lunch or dinner and stay a while!

Amenities: Baseball field, lighted basketball court, jogging trails, picnic area, two ramadas, grills, playground, restrooms, two lighted softball fields, lighted sand volleyball, drinking fountain, restroom, and benches. Fitness Course.

Open from 5:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Desert Horizon Park
16002 N 56th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


  • Chris and Jana Tingom

    We live in Scottsdale, AZ and have three children, ages 10, 7 and 3. They are full of energy, and so we're always looking for new things to do. Come join our family adventures!

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