A cool gentle Autumn breeze, a lovely cloud layer, the beautiful colors of the Arizona desert landscape, the sound of hiking foot steps, mountain bike tires zooming, and the relaxed steps of hooves passing by...That's right it's that time of year in the Phoenix area when people venture out from their air-conditioned comfort and experience the great outdoors. After the intense summer heat, the desert becomes alive in the cooler fall season. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department have several parks and events to choose from. Recently, we visited the San Tan Mountain Regional Park which was beaming with human activity, including our four legged companions...equine and canine equally. Autumn is the perfect time for all walks of life to get outdoors and enjoy the splendor this region has to offer.