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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Thursday, August 28, 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.


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.

 

 

Fridays Fitness Hike- Lousley Hill Trailhead
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
All About Desert Tortoises - Usery Park
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park


Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 8/2/2014
Sonoran Story and Craft Time: Just for Kids - San Tan - 8/2/2014
Sensational Slithering Summer Saturday Series at Estrella Mountain Regional Park - 8/2/2014
Family Movie: Rango - White Tank Mtn. - 8/2/2014
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 8/2/2014
All About Kayaking - Usery Park - 8/6/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 8/6/2014
Nature Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 8/7/2014
Homeschool: Water Wise - San Tan - 8/7/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Wagner Trailhead - 8/8/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 8/8/2014
Water Crisis in Arizona? - Usery Park - 8/8/2014
Water Follies: A Discussion about Water Use in the Desert - San Tan - 8/8/2014
"Monsoon Madness!" - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/8/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 8/8/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 8/8/2014
Desert Nights - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/8/2014
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 8/8/2014
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 8/9/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 8/9/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 8/9/2014
Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella - 8/9/2014
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/9/2014
Sensational Slithering Summer Saturday Series at Estrella Mountain Regional Park - 8/9/2014
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/9/2014
more...



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Headquarters Admin Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
except holidays 

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov

 
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