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<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.

Are you up to a challenge this fall? If so, keep reading! This year, Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department is challenging you complete 100 Miles in 100 Days!

To make things more interesting, we're going to let you decide how these miles will be completed...hiked, mountain biked, or on horseback. Here are your options:

  • Hiking 100 miles
  • Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding 200 miles

We've also started up a community page on Facebook so you can share your success stories, connect with others participating in the challenge, and participate in fun activities!

Lace up your hiking boots, dust off your mountain bikes and saddle up those horses because it's time for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge!


Download 100 Miles in 100 Days Entry Form here...

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure Blank park log with trail names/lengths
100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure Completely blank log

Sample trail guide:
Cave Creek Regional Park
Trail(s) Go John and Overton
Description • Start at Go John trailhead.
• Circle the Go John loop back to the trailhead (5.8 miles).
• From Go John trailhead, take Go John north to Overton and return
   to Go John trailhead (6.5 miles).
Total 12.3 miles

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Rainbow Valley, Toothaker, Coldwater, Dysart, Gadsden and Rainbow
Description • Take Rainbow Valley from trailhead to Toothaker and then back
   to trailhead (5.6 miles).
• From Coldwater trailhead take trail north to Gadsden and then to
   Butterfield connect with Coldwater back to trailhead (6.1 miles).
• From Rainbow trailhead take trail to Dysart and cross over to
   Butterfield and then connect with Coldwater back to Rainbow
   trailhead parking lot (5.3 miles).
Total 17.0 miles

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Trail(s) Pipeline Canyon. Cottonwood, and Yavapai Point

• From Pipeline trailhead north end take trail out to the end and back (4.0 miles).
• Cottonwood trail to Yavapai Point trail out to the end and back (5.4 miles).

Total 9.4 miles

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Scenic, Pemberton and Tonto Tank

• Start at Scenic trailhead take trail loop (3.7 miles).
• From trailhead, take Pemberton to Tonto Tank and then back to
   the Pemberton trail (east) back to the trailhead (8.2 miles).

Total 11.9 miles

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Goldmine, San Tan, Hedgehog and Moonlight

• From trailhead take Gold Mine trail north to top of Saddle and
   back (3.5 miles).
• Begin at the San Tan trailhead and take the trail to Hedgehog.
  Connect back to San Tan and finish off on the Moonlight trail (4.4
• Start at the Littleleaf trailhead and continue to Goldmine. Link into
   the San Tan and finish off on Moonlight (4.0 miles).

Total 11.9 miles

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Trail(s) Spur Cross, Tortuga and Matate

• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross then take Tortuga around
  to Spur Cross back to trailhead (3.6 miles).
• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross to the Metate then head
  south to the Tortuga trail and back on Spur Cross Trail to trailhead
  (5.0 miles).
• From trailhead, take Spur Cross west to park boundary and return
  to trailhead on same trail (8.4 miles).

Total 17 miles

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Wind Cave, Blevins, Meridian and Cat Peaks

• From Wind Cave trailhead take trail up and back (3.0 miles).
• From Blevins trailhead take trail south to Meridian and cross over
   to Cat Peaks back to Blevins and return (4.1 miles).

Total 7.1 miles

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Waterfall, Mule Deer, South, Goat Camp, Mesquite, Willow Canyon, Ford and Waddell
Description • Start at Waterfall trailhead. Take trail up and back (2.0 miles).
• Start trail west of the library and go to the Mule Deer. Go to South
   Trail and then to Goat Camp. Follow Bajada to Mule Deer and
   back to the library (4.1 miles).
• From Area 7, take Mesquite to Willow Canyon and return on
   Mesquite (8.3 miles).
• From Ford Canyon trailhead go west to Waddell and then take
   Mesquite Canyon back to trailhead (3.7 miles).
Total 18.1 miles

Remember, the Maricopa Trail contains many miles of trails and may be used as a substitute.

Rules and Regulations:

  • The program begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
  • A completed trail schedule form must be received by 4 p.m., no exceptions, and may be turned into any participating County park.
  • * To be eligible for the grand prize drawing of an Annual Pass ($75 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $100), participants must visit a minimum of three parks, have park staff initial and date route(s) hiked and attach receipts (provide annual pass number above, if applicable).
  • The Maricopa Trail may be substituted for one park.
  • Participant may NOT combine their form/miles with another participant's form/miles to reach the 100 or 200 mile goal.
  • If the selected winner currently holds an Annual Pass, the Annual Pass will be renewed for one year upon date of expiration.
  • You may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and 25 percent via secondary mode. For example if you decide your primary mode is hiking (100 miles) and horseback riding (200 miles) is your secondary mode, 75 miles must be hiked and 50 miles must be completed on horseback for a total of 125 miles.
  • All participants who complete the 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the park program finale celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
  • Tee-shirts must be picked up at the park.
  • Participants may make arrangements to pick up a shirt from the park at a later date.
  • Tee-shirts will NOT be shipped to customers and park(s) will not be responsible for product not picked up after Friday, March 20, 2015.
  • Participants may receive no more than one tee-shirt per campaign year, regardless of number of miles hiked, biked or ridden.
  • *The following parks will not be hosting the final celebration on February 28, 2015 - Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.



Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sunset Walk - McDowell
Sunset Flashlight Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant

Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Hike Into a Desert Forest! at Lake Pleasant - 10/9/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 10/9/2015
Bats and Goatsuckers: Myths Debunked - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 10/9/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 10/9/2015
Animal Spotlighting - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Zombie Archery - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
All About Scorpions - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn. - 10/10/2015
Campfire Songs and Overcooked Marshmallows- San Tan - 10/10/2015
Scorpion Hunt (Last one of the year!!) - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/11/2015
Mountain Bike 101: Beginner Ride - San Tan - 10/11/2015
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015

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Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year 

Headquarters Admin Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
except holidays 

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596

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