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<November 2015>

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 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.



#TakeAHike on the Scenic Trail - McDowell - 11/27/2015
"We're All in This Together!" Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 11/27/2015
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 11/27/2015
Family* Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 11/27/2015
Geology of the Grand Canyon - Usery Park - 11/27/2015
Full Frost Moon Hike - San Tan - 11/27/2015
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Early Bird Walk and Program - White Tank Mtn. - 11/28/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park - 11/28/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - CANCELLED - 11/28/2015
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 11/28/2015
Walk off your Pie Fitness Hike- Estrella Park - 11/28/2015
Turkey Trot Dog Walk - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Bike Demo Day - McDowell - 11/28/2015
Shoreline Fishing Talk by Fisherman Frank - Lake Pleasant - 11/28/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 11/28/2015
Archaeology - San Tan - 11/28/2015
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park - 11/28/2015
Live Animal Presentation with Liberty Wildlife! - McDowell - 11/28/2015
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn. - 11/28/2015
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - CANCELLED - 11/28/2015
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross - 11/29/2015
New to Arizona? - Usery Park - 11/29/2015
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 11/30/2015
Desert Walk 'n' Talk - San Tan - 12/1/2015

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