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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.

 

 



Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 3/4/2015
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 3/4/2015
Wildflower Wednesday! - White Tank Mtn - 3/4/2015
Wild for Wildflowers! - Usery Park - 3/4/2015
Sunset/Full Moon Hike - McDowell - 3/4/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 3/4/2015
Spring Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 3/5/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 3/5/2015
Homeschool: Campstove Master Chef - San Tan - 3/5/2015
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 3/5/2015
Plants of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn - 3/5/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 3/5/2015
HIKE CANCELLED Beardsley Trail Loop Hike - Lake Pleasant - 3/5/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 3/5/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Sunset and Full Moon Paddle Tour - Lake Pleasant - 3/5/2015
Adult Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 3/5/2015
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 3/6/2015
Ranger-led Hike on the North Trail - McDowell - 3/6/2015
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 3/6/2015
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park - 3/6/2015
Bird Bingo Safari! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 3/6/2015
Night Hike -Estrella Park - 3/6/2015
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 3/6/2015
Full Moon Hike and Campfire - San Tan - 3/6/2015
Hiker’s Choice Full Moon Hike and Campfire - Usery Park - 3/6/2015
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