Surrounded by cozy neighborhoods in southeast Chandler, Veterans Oasis Park isn’t just a park—it’s a place where you can connect with nature, explore the wonders of the desert, and honor those who have served our country. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the park offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here are a few of our favorite things about this iconic Chandler destination.
Just because you’re in the city doesn’t mean you can’t get up close and personal with nature. The desert trails at Veterans Oasis Park give you the perfect opportunity to explore the arid landscape, encounter fascinating cacti and native plants, and—if you’re lucky—catch a glimpse of an array of desert animals, including roadrunners, herons, ducks and rabbits.
Considered a true bird-watcher’s paradise, Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler attracts an array of migratory and local birds to its riparian environments lush with native vegetation. In fact, more than 153 species have been documented, many of which can be seen during guided bird walks conducted by the Desert Rivers Audubon Society. Held the first Saturday of the month from November to April, the walks are designed for new and experienced birders alike. Find the current bird list here.
If you like to fish, why not cast your line in Chandler's urban fishing program? During fall, winter and spring, the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks the Chandler lakes with Channel catfish, Rainbow trout, Largemouth bass and…
There are many ways to explore the great outdoors - and a favorite of visitors and residents alike is a walk or hike at one the many popular hiking and walking trails in and around Chandler.
Field of Honor
In tribute to Arizona’s past, present and future veterans, the Field of Honor is a poignant and peaceful space for quiet reflection. The multi-level memorial was designed to match the exact ratio of the American flag, and represents six memorial themes: freedom, recognition, reflections, sacrifice, memories and family. Overlooking the memorial is the Williams Air Force Base Memorial Plane, which features a plaque that honors the military men and women who served at the base from 1941 to 1993.
If you’re angling for some outdoor fun, cast your line into the five-acre lake stocked with everything from catfish and rainbow trout to bluegill and largemouth bass. But before you reel in the big one, be sure to obtain a fishing license from the Arizona Game & Fish department in advance.
Self-guided Chandler Solar System Walk
Take an informative journey through “space” as you explore the park’s solar system walk. Stretching 2,500 feet, the path will take you around the lake where along the way you’ll discover a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and celestial objects. Both educational and relaxing, this fascinating experience is must-do when visiting the park.
Wildlife Viewing Areas
With 78 of its 113 acres designated for groundwater recharge and wetlands, Veterans Oasis Park attracts an abundance of desert wildlife. For some of the best views, make your way to any of the designated viewing areas where you can see animals in their natural habitat. Bonus: If you fancy yourself a photographer, bring your camera, capture a stunning moment and enter the Chandler Nature Photo Contest. Submissions are being accepted through December 1, 2023, and winners will be announced May 7, 2024.
Sonoran Sunset Concert Series
Enjoy live music against the backdrop of a stunning Arizona sunset at this unique concert series set in Veterans Oasis Park. Featuring local musicians and entertainers performing everything from jazz to country to American classics, the event is a wonderful reason to gather with family and friends under a star-filled sky. Seasonal concerts held October through March.
Chandler Nature Center
Explore the region’s unique flora and fauna at the Chandler Nature Center, located inside the park. Offering a variety of programs and activities, visitors of all ages will be able to go on educational nature hikes, learn garden maintenance, and participate in “meet the creature” exhibits featuring scorpions, spiders, snakes and tortoises, among other local wildlife.
Owl’s Nest Nature Store
Make your visit to the Chandler Nature Center even more memorable with a memento from the Owl’s Nest Nature Store. Filled with nature-oriented and environmentally sustainable gifts, souvenirs and educational materials, you’re sure to find the perfect item to remind you of fun-filled day spent at the park. The store is open during City of Chandler operating hours and is subject to holiday closures.
Ideal for everything from a small picnic gathering with friends and family to a large, fun-filled celebration, the park’s shaded pavilion areas are the perfect setting for any memorable event. With five ramadas available to rent, reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance for any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Chandler Veterans Oasis Park Address: 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler AZ 85249
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Restrooms: There are two restroom facilities in the park.
Parking: There is a public parking lot located at the entrance of the park on Chandler Heights Road. It can also be accessed from Lindsay Road; take a right past the police substation.
What to bring: To make the most of your visit, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes.