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It's definitely a man-made park, but there aren't too many options out in this area. If you are looking for a nature hike or wildflowers, you'll be disappointed. But if you're just looking to get the dogs out and walk in the shade of the enormous pines, this will work. The one-mile path around the park is paved and the small path that cuts across the water has some paving and some walking across grass. You are likely to encounter walkers, runners, bikes, strollers, dogs, and fishermen with their carts anywhere along these paths. Even the local fire station will come and run here sometimes. There is an over-abundance of ducks and geese that people feed even though they aren't supposed to, and they can be aggressive if you try to feed them. But you may also spot a heron, an egret, a pelican, or a flock of vultures in the trees on the islands. There are lots of shaded picnic tables throughout the park, with BBQ grills, one area with horseshoe pits, and three different playgrounds for kids, each geared toward a different age level. There are restrooms located throughout the park. They do stock the lake and they have fishing derbies each year. On holidays such as Mother's Day and Easter, people come early to reserve a picnicking site and it can get a little crowded, but the park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. It's a go-to place for me and my three dogs.
Love Prime Desert!! An easy, flat walk through Joshua trees and juniper bushes. Lots of wildlife to see, especially jackrabbits and hares. Will definitely be someone I visit often. Can wait to see what plants and wildlife we discover here in the spring and summer!
Most people from the AV area are familiar with Apollo Park. I've been here countless times for fishing, feeding the aggressive geese, or just wandering around the man-made ponds. It used to have the Apollo 11 return capsule on display, but it was taken somewhere that more people could see it, I guess. After they removed the historical attraction, it kind of made the whole park seem that much more useless. It's a nice concept, but the park is just out of the way. And if you're going to drive all the way out there, you might as well go a bit farther to get to some much better (natural) options nearby for walking, hiking, or fishing.
It's not terrible. Kind of bland in regards to sight-seeing, but I am from the desert, so the landscape doesn't do it for me. At approximately 1.25 miles, the trail gets pretty sandy, so give yourself some time. It can feel like walking up a treadmill. Also, it has a tendency to get pretty windy sometimes.
Scott W. on Prime Desert Woodland
Pleasant little interpretive trail on the edge of suburbia. Lots of wildlife, including many jackrabbits. Mostly flat and easy trail, fine for strollers and kids.
I went there today as my first hiking trip in AV area ( I just moved from the Valley). After reading that dogs are ok on a leash, I took my dog BArkely and what a disappointment. There are many signs saying NO dogs allowed. What a disappoint. Someone needs to correct this misleading information about dogs allowed.