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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014
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.

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Events for 8/9/2014
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
Due to it becoming hotter this time of year, we will starting the mountain bike rides a bit earlier ...

"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course
Have you ever wanted to give flat water lake kayaking a try? Well here is your chance. Lake Pleasant ...

"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course
Have you ever wanted to give flat water lake kayaking a try? Well here is your chance. Lake Pleasant ...

Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella
Join knowledgeable guides from the Sonoran Audubon Society for an easy walk to discover the bird lif ...

Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park
In this episode of Desert Denizens we will learn about “Scorpions”! All ages welcome! Meet in the ai ...

Sensational Slithering Summer Saturday Series at Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Psst…have you heard the news? The Estrella Mountain Regional Park is getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summe ...

Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Come see our collection of cool and creapy carnivores consume their prey! Snakes swallow their prey, ...

All About Gila Monsters - San Tan
Monsters in the desert? Yes it’s true; Arizona is home to a bumpy, scaly, venomous monster with shar ...

Snake Feeding - McDowell
For your viewing pleaseure, our snakes (and Gila Monster!) will dine on meals of mice & rats! If you ...

Reptile Feeding - San Tan
Have you ever seen a reptile eat? Join the staff after your morning hike and see how our cold-bloode ...

Prickly Pear Cactus: The Big Taste - San Tan
Known to few, the fruit from the prickly pear cactus are actually quite edible. The neon fruit provi ...

Adult Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn.
See the desert in a different light - moonlight! Join us for a moonlit walk on the Waterfall Trail ...

Full Moon Hike - Usery Park
Join us for this 2-mile hike under the glowing light of August’s “Full Red Moon.” This is a great o ...

Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell
You've probably heard that scorpions glow in the dark, but have you ever had the courage to go out a ...

Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Pemberton Trail
The summer night mountain bike series will be held on Friday or Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. All ...

Upcoming Events in August
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area  (8/22/2014  6:00 AM)
All About Desert Quail - Usery Park  (8/22/2014  12:00 PM)
Histroy of Water at Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant  (8/22/2014  12:00 PM)
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's  (8/22/2014  6:00 PM)
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's  (8/22/2014  6:00 PM)
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan  (8/22/2014  8:00 PM)
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan  (8/23/2014  5:30 AM)
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course  (8/23/2014  7:00 AM)
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course  (8/23/2014  7:00 AM)
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park  (8/23/2014  7:00 AM)
Archery 101 b - Cave Creek Regional Park  (8/23/2014  9:00 AM)
The Art of Camouflage - McDowell  (8/23/2014  10:00 AM)
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park  (8/23/2014  11:00 AM)
Little Explorers for Kids: Dinosaurs - San Tan  (8/23/2014  12:00 PM)
All About Scorpions - Usery Park  (8/23/2014  6:30 PM)
Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Competitive Track  (8/23/2014  7:30 PM)
Scorpion Hunt - Usery Park  (8/23/2014  8:00 PM)
Strange and Silly Saguaros - Usery Park  (8/26/2014  12:00 PM)
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park  (8/27/2014  10:30 AM)
Night Shredders - San Tan  (8/27/2014  8:00 PM)
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Early Weekday Paddle Exploring - Lake Pleasant  (8/28/2014  6:30 AM)
Macro Wildlife in the Water at Lake Pleasant  (8/28/2014  2:00 PM)
Fridays Fitness Hike- Tom's Thumb Trailhead - McDowell  (8/29/2014  6:00 AM)
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross  (8/29/2014  7:00 AM)
Desert Awareness - Desert Knowledge - Lake Pleasant  (8/29/2014  2:00 PM)
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.  (8/29/2014  3:00 PM)
All About Scorpions - San Tan  (8/29/2014  6:30 PM)
Movie Night in the Park: "The Living Desert" - Usery Park  (8/29/2014  7:00 PM)
Know and Go Scorpion Hunt - Lake Pleasant  (8/29/2014  7:30 PM)
Scorpion Scavenger Hunt - San Tan  (8/29/2014  8:00 PM)
Rock Art of Spur Cross  (8/30/2014  7:00 AM)
Wet n' Wild Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant  (8/30/2014  9:00 AM)
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell  (8/30/2014  10:00 AM)
Histroy of Water at Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant  (8/30/2014  2:00 PM)
Desert Nights - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park  (8/30/2014  7:00 PM)
Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan  (8/31/2014  7:00 AM)
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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
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Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596

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