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Geocaching in Maricopa County Parks

Geocaching is a new outdoor activity which involves the search for hidden caches by inputting a set of given coordinates into your GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and then following the directions given by your GPS to find the cache.

Geocaching is a great game; it gets folks out into open, natural Arizona and into beautiful areas around the state. It involves a sense of discovery, promotes exercise and can be a fun family adventure. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recognizes Geocaching as the fun, outdoor activity that it is. Unfortunately, those who have been hiding the caches are creating some real problems for the Maricopa County Park System.

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is not opposed to geocaching. We do ask that geocachers follow the guidelines posted on the national website at geocaching.com regarding placement of caches on public lands. Those guidelines include not placing caches on archeological sites, contacting the land manager, in the case of Maricopa County parks it means contacting the Park Supervisor, before placing a cache on park property and placing caches which are within two miles of a trailhead while staying on designated trails. Beyond two miles of a trailhead the Park Supervisors are more liberal in where the caches may be placed, but you must remain on designated trails.

By contacting the Park Supervisor before placing a cache he/she can let you know, if your proposed site is on or near an archeological site. Not all archeological sites are obvious. Archeological sites and petroglphys are always in danger of discovery and vandalism.

Readers who are geocachers or are planning to begin geocaching we ask for, and would appreciate, your cooperation! Thanks in advance and go out and enjoy natural Arizona.

 

 

McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.*OUTSIDE* of park)- DIFFICULT
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Exploring the Islands of Lake Pleasant
Take a Hike on Halloween- San Tan
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Haunted Trail -Estrella Park
Haunted Hike! - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Halloween Party - White Tank Mtn.


McDowell Trailhead Staging Area - Closed Saturday and Sunday morning - 11/1/2014
Runners on the Pemberton Trail-McDowell - 11/1/2014
Progressive Fitness Hike #1 - Usery Park - 11/1/2014
Demo new mountain bikes-McDowell - 11/1/2014
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/1/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 11/1/2014
Wag ā€˜nā€™ Walk Dog Adoption Hike - Usery Park - 11/1/2014
Yappy Days - San Tan - 11/1/2014
Exploring the Desert - McDowell - 11/1/2014
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/1/2014
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 11/1/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Scenic Lake Pleasant, a walk with Naturalist Frank - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Arizona Birds, Live! At Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Author Visit - Dr. Joyce Story - White Tank Mtn. - 11/1/2014
Reptile Feeding - San Tan - 11/1/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Sunset and Moon Glow Paddle - 11/1/2014
Birding Adventures - San Tan - 11/2/2014
Demo new mountain bikes-McDowell - 11/2/2014
Exploring Spur Cross - 11/2/2014
Family Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 11/2/2014
New to Arizona? - Usery Park - 11/2/2014
"Desert General Store" Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 11/2/2014
Life in the Desert -Estrella Park - 11/2/2014
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41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
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Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov

 
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