The Vietnam Memorial Trail in Peoria is located on the Surprise / Peoria border with views of Vistancia.
The Vietnam Memorial Trail is great for young kids and big kids alike. Along your journey up the mountain, you’ll see many plaques commemorating the Vietnam Veterans – plaques sharing Vietnam War history, quotes, statistics, and signs honoring fallen soldiers.
The trail is well-trafficked and while it is a steady incline to the top, the path is smooth and clean. About 1400 feet from the trailhead, there is a flagpole with an American flag, We stopped for lunch on the bench near the flag, gazed at the desert views, and headed back down.
The distance from start to flagpole worked well for my 2.5-year-olds little legs but if you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge you can continue past the Vietnam Memorial Trail flag and further up the mountain.
The kids really enjoyed reading the plaques as we passed them, seeing the lizards “that do push-ups” (aka the desert spiny lizard) and the reward of reaching the big flag at the (midway) top.
Past the flag, the trail continues up a moderate incline with benches along the way for resting and taking in the views. If you continue up the mountain on the Vietnam Memorial trail at the trail’s peak, you will see a large rock formation and a final bench.
The full Vietnam Memorial Trail in Peoria from PVC pipe to summit rock formation is 1.3 miles. This trail is educational, easy for little legs to accomplish, can challenge you more if you go past the Vietnam Memorial Flag, and has great views. We give the Vietnam Memorial Trail in Surprise 5 out of 5 stars!
Tip: To identify where the trail begins look for the white PVC pipe sticking out from the side of the road, between two piles of rocks. Parking is alongside the road on the dirt.
Level: Easy to Moderate. You can find more information on the All Trails page.
Vietnam Memorial Trail
11022 W Jomax Road
Peoria, AZ 85383