With scenic trails, fishing, birding, horseback riding, loads of picnic areas and an outdoor amphitheater, Veterans Oasis Park has something for everyone outdoors. Its 113 acres, including 78 acres of which are designed for groundwater recharge and wetlands, serve as a habitat for diverse Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife and the City's Environmental Education Center.
- Walking Trails
- Horse Trails
- Reservable Pavilions
The park is a popular spot to exercise outdoors with a 4.5-mile paved multi-purpose trail around the lake. The hiking and biking trails afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the wetland area on their own. Horseback riding is allowed here on designated Equestrian Trails. Riders must ride in from the outside, as there is no horse trailer parking or loading and unloading of horses allowed within the park itself.
Drop your line into this quiet 5-acre lake; it packs a big bite when it comes to fishing for feisty catfish. You'll enjoy a high-quality angling experience and expect to catch rainbow trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish and/or largemouth bass.
The lake is stocked with fish every two weeks from mid-September through June and offers fishing from the bank. Personal watercrafts, such as canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on the lake. There are no catch-and-release requirements but there are limitations. You can check the daily bag and possession limit at the signs on the south side of the lake.
An Urban Fishing License is required but not sold here, make sure everyone who'll be fishing has one prior to arrival. Arizona state fishing regulations apply.
Solar System Walk
Journey to the moon and back when you explore the park’s self-guided Solar System Walk. Utilizing a 2,500-foot-ling path, navigate your way around the lake along a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and primary celestial objects - all placed at distances relative to the scale of the solar system. Each foot on the walk represents 1.5 million miles which means that the distance from the sun to Earth is 62 feet along the walk — equivalent to the actual 93 million miles between the two in space.