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Saturday, April 9, 2011
Mesa's Electric Park
Dreamland Villa Desert Nature Walk (a.k.a. Mesa Electric Park) is a nice little hidden gem in Mesa, running along the tall electrical towers between Higley and 64th st., north of University Drive. The well maintained smooth trail winds through a 2 mile stretch of desert lush with old-growth saguaros, ocotillo, prickly pear, palo verde, creosote and mesquite. Its quite wheelchair friendly and there are shady spots along the path with rustic benches to rest on, and a few cute home-made bird feeding stations here and there.
(After checking the HOA rules I found that - All trees, shrubs, cacti, etc., planted on the Nature Walk must be native or common to the southwest and must be able to survive on their own without any care - drought resistant).
This is a great place for an early morning walk or to just sit and observe the wildlife. You could probably identify quite a few birds by simply sitting in one spot waiting quietly and listening. There's quite a bit of nestbuilding going on and a number of nests to be seen from the trail, and critter holes, old and new.
For a map and more info see the Dreamland Villa website.
To view a slideshow of the trail at Mesa's Electric Park, click on the image below.
Posted by Peggy Thomas at 5:56 PM
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