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Trail Challenge Obstacle Course

Recreational Competition

San Tan Mtn. Regional Park

6533 W Phillips Road Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Friday, December 8, 2023

Date Type Mi Name Contact Contact Roster
Fri - 12/08 TC 7 San Tan Mountain Regional Park TC Mary Sutherland
(602) 540-1600

About The Venue

(FRIDAY) San Tan Mountain Park TC Trail Course trails are very popular because they offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert, with wonderful wildlife, plant life including crested saguaros and flowering cacti, hieroglyphs and scenic mountain views, including awesome views of the valley!  The trails are beautiful this time of year!  Plenty of parking, and overnight dry camping available.

(SATURDAY) Varnum Road, San Tan CLINIC, 2 miles from the park, obstacle clinic focusing on foundation, finesse and building a good attitude with obstacles and horsemanship.  $90 plus $10 facility fee. Paid at the clinic. 

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Event Details

Friday morning beautiful TC ride in San Tan Mountain Regional Park 7-8 mile trail with 6 obstacles. There will be a riders briefing in the morning then we head out on the trail.  You will ride in smaller staggered groups of 3-5 riders.  The trail will be marked for groups to follow and get to all 6 obstacles on the trail. 


The Terrain

Friday San Tan Park ride will be about 7-8 miles long and is rated easy to moderate. There are some up downhills, but nothing too steep.  Although the trails are not very rocky, there are rocky portions and it is recommended to have shoes or bring boots along.  



No concessions available.  We will be having our Christmas Pot Luck and White Elephant Gift exchange Friday directly after the ride!  



Awards and Shout Outs will be directly after all the riders are in from the trails.  Beautiful ribbons 1st-6th place Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced!


EQUINE CARROT CLUB - Equine earn points; Your equine will earn a beautiful kilt pin adding copper, bronze, silver, and golden carrot charms as they progress through the levels. Equine Placement Points accumulate no matter who rides the equine.

STAR RIDER CLUB - RIDERS earn points; You will earn a beautiful kilt pin adding copper, bronze, silver, and golden star charms as you progress through the levels. This kilt pin will come with an Equine Trail Sports iron-on patch to attach the kilt pin. Rider Placement Points accumulate no matter which equine is ridden. 

Additional Fees

Friday FEES:  There is a $8 Park fee for everyone due at ETS ride check-in (You will also pay the $7 at the Park Entry Friday, The park camp area at each location, is a "dry camp" meaning no hookups. Water is available near the entry gate of San Tan park and water available at the Garbe ranch (reservations required). There are no horse pens available at the campground, although there is room to put up pens or high-line your horse between trailers or tie to the trailer.

Overnight camp fee at San Tan park is $15 per rig, per night, paid at the Park entry gate. Bring your own pens or high-line for your horse.  There are no pens available.  The park will give you a camping tag.

Additional Opportunities

SATURDAY CLINIC pay at the clinic or reserve and pre-pay PayPal or Zelle.  Reserve; 


San Tan Mtn. Regional Park
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Google Directions

Event Host Directions:

Friday- San Tan Park; From central Phoenix, take I-10 east to US 60 east. Exit Ellsworth Road south (ends and curves in to) Hunt Highway. Travel east on Hunt Highway to Thompson Road, about 2 miles (light) turn right-south. Turn right- west on Phillips Road, go 1/2 mile to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park entrance at the end of the road. We will be in the first (East) parking lot- horse staging area, near the far (South) end.


10:00 am Gates Open at the San Tan Park for overnite camping
FRIDAY - Trail Challenge at San Tan Park
7:30-8:45am New arrival Check In
8 am Judge Briefing
9 am Rider Briefing
10:00am First riders out on the trail course
Lunch After your ride
Judge Shout Outs once all riders are in!
Awards After Judge Shout Outs!


Thursday Night - San Tan Park Dry Camping $15.00
Friday night - SanTan Park dry camping $15.00