Get out and stretch! Let the kids run around! Have a picnic!
From west to east, here's our list of the Top 8 Parks Along I-10 (Phoenix to El Paso):
- South of Phoenix just off I-10 and the 202 Freeway, Pecos Park is a "Beautiful, clean park great for the entire family..." with picnic tables, sports fields, skate park, dog park, and a jogging trail around the top of the park.
- Picacho Peak State Park is a unique, dramatic spire that towers over the surrounding terrain. The park offers scenic views and hiking for all ages.
- Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson has a lake, dog park, model airplane landing strip, playground, and more. Just west of I-10 off the Ruthrauff/Camino del Cerro exit.
- A former Tucson police officer calls Quincy Douglas Park, north of the freeway off the Kino Parkway exit, a "very nice park during the daytime." The park features trails, a playground, and baseball diamonds.
- The Amerind Museum, off the Dragoon Road exit, is a special museum focused on Native American culture. The museum is closed Mondays.
- Deming's Spruce Street Park has picnic tables, a large playground, and a large grass field.
- Mesilla Park in Las Cruces features mature trees, play area, swings, and a basketball court.
- White Spur Park in El Paso offers "huge umbrellas that shade the playground" that "have misters on one side" if it's hot outside.