San Tan

3.76 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
Tke the Goldmine trail (approximately 1.1 miles uphill on wide trail) Take left onto SanTan for approximately 1.5 miles. At this point you will reach a T. Go to right for the San Tan trail and approximately 4 miles of singletrack or hang a left to shorten the ride on Moonlight. San Tan takes you back into the park to some nice scenery. There are some sandy parts in the beginning due to the recent monsoons. Trails are fairly well marked.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (22)


October 27, 2019
Review: Parking at the Goldmine Trailhead I followed the trail out to the first fork taking me to the Dynamite trail, which I believe to be the best part of this trail system. After I explored parts of San Tan and Hedgehog before winding back toward Goldmine Trailhead. I made the mistake of taking Goldmine back which has a significant hike-a-bike (at least it was for me). If I were to ride again I would avoid that section and take Dynamite back. The trail is wide but does have some challenges. There are 2 main trailheads, the other being San Tan, which has a pay station with an attendant. Goldmine is on the honor system with an envelope and pay station. $7 per vehicle or $2 if you're riding in. My only complaint is that I wish that the major intersections had the small map to orient yourself like some had or that they had maps at the trailhead. There was one on a bulletin board that I tried to take a picture of but didn't come out well. Probably would have been more enjoyable with more planning but I was at an event in Chandler in the morning and wanted to get out somewhere different. If you're in the area I would definitely check this trail system out.


April 16, 2019
Review: Pretty good beginner trail. There is alot of sandy sections in the start. But proves to be more challenging once you get on the back side of the mountain where it meets up with the Dynamite section. Good flow for the last mile or so.

Granny Gear

April 1, 2018
Worman86 Granny Gear  
Review: I ride San Tan about every other week and love the mixture of terrain and amount of trails available. You can ride different trails to add more mileage and still loop up with The San Tan trail many different ways. Trails are maintained very well and marked great too.


April 12, 2017
Review: This is a good trail to start on as this is the trail o started on, however it also still fun and challenging for me as an advanced rider,. Highly recommend making a trip down to San Tan sometime

Granny Gear

September 16, 2016
Boelig Granny Gear  
Review: Great fast Single track trail for the daily rider. Incorporates a variety of technical skills: Soft sand, rock drops, some quick steep inclines, and early morning wildlife (snakes, coyotes, and more) that like to hang out in the trails.


September 9, 2016
Review: great trail for all levels of riding.

Granny Gear

March 7, 2016
Review: I live nearby this park, and I'm there at least once a week. Good trails to work up a sweat, and practice technique. Really cut my teeth on this trail when I started mountain biking, as it has enough switch backs and rocky trails, as well as some nice up-and-downs to challenge beginner to intermediate level riders.

Granny Gear

January 11, 2016
Review: I made a loop clockwise in the San Tan Regional Park today on my 26x4.5 inch Fyxation Fat Bike. I started on The San Tan trail, to Malpais, to San Tan to Dynamite down to the parking lot, back to San Tan, to Gold Mine, and then back to the parking lot. 16.3 miles and right at 1500 ft of elevation. Malpais is only rideable with at least a 4 inch tire. I tried with my 29x3 inch and the sand is too soft and deep. Malpais is about like riding in snow with a 26x4.5 inch tire at 9 psi. There are some beautiful views and nice climbs halfway through the 4 mile loop. I'm from Central IL and down for the month of January. I really enjoy riding in the desert. And the San Tan park is a great work out. I used MapMy Ride and my GPS to map the loop. It took about 2.5 hours.

Bunny Hop

May 21, 2015
Review: I consider this my "home" trail since I live nearby. In my opinion, this is beyond a beginner trail, approaching intermediate. There is nice variation in the terrain, with fairly balanced uphill & downhill riding. None of the trails are very long, but they all have some fun riding aspects. It is a good place to practice your techniques. For a more challenging ride, park at Wagon Wheel road and ride up Dynamite trail, it will connect to the San Tan trail. From there, you can add as much riding as you want.

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Granny Gear

May 16, 2015
outtatime Granny Gear  
Review: If you are in great shape & don't mind a slow, rocky, somewhat technical climb..... Goldmine trailhead, past the sandy wash is what you seek.. Holy *%# ... For a guy who is out of shape (like me), looking to re-establish a baseline MTB fitness and skill level - Don't try it expecting a nice, calm, light workout ! Can't wait to be able to ride this with both feet on the pedals from start to finish ....

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