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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.

 

 

Runners on the Pemberton Trail - McDowell
Photographic Safari! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Sunset/Moon Hike - McDowell


Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 2/2/2015
Wildflower Wednesday! - White Tank Mtn - 2/4/2015
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 2/4/2015
Hiker’s Choice Full Moon Hike and Campfire - Usery Park - 2/4/2015
Moonlight Hike - Spur Cross - 2/4/2015
Night Hike -Estrella Park - 2/4/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
Winter Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/5/2015
Homeschool: LOST! - San Tan - 2/5/2015
Shoreline Exploring on the Roadrunner Trail - Lake Pleasant - 2/5/2015
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 2/5/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/5/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 2/6/2015
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 2/6/2015
"Scenic Lookout" Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant - 2/6/2015
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
Bird Bingo Safari! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/6/2015
Cool Cactus Walk - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
A Hike on the New Beardsley Trail - 10 Lane East Parking Area - 2/6/2015
Trail Talk: Hohokam - San Tan - 2/6/2015
Road bike criterium on park roads - McDowell - 2/7/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park - 2/7/2015
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