Desert Park Trail runs from the McDowell Sonoran Preserve north and loops back providing access to Gateway Loop Trail
, Windgate Pass Trail
and Tom's Thumb Trail
. The west portion of the trail (runs N/S) is cruisey, mellow and hard-packed. The eastern portion (runs W/E) begins sandy and packed, then turns into a steady, rockier climb.
This trail is a fun return route to the parking lot from the neighboring Gateway Loop Trail
. As with many trails in the vicinity, it has a potential for wildlife sightings.