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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.

 

 

Long Hike by Lake Pleasant
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park
This Walk is for the Birds! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Archery 202 - Usery Park
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross
Competitive Track - Closed - McDowell
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park
"The Thanksgiving Bird" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Library Series - White Tank Wash Ecosystems and Plant Life - White Tank Mtn.
Desert Tales Author Storytelling -Estrella Park
Animal Art! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
Kid's Photo Scavenger Hunt - Usery Park
"Rattlesnakes of Arizona!" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Campfire & Social - McDowell


Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross - 11/23/2014
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park - 11/23/2014
Taste the Desert: Mesquite - San Tan - 11/23/2014
**Time Change** Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan - 11/23/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 11/24/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 11/26/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 11/26/2014
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 11/27/2014
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 11/28/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Sonoran Trail- DIFFICULT - 11/28/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
The Geology of Arizona - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
Progressive Fitness Hike #5 - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Basic Geocaching - McDowell - 11/29/2014
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/29/2014
Wildlife Safari - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 11/29/2014
Man on the Mountain: Historical Hike - San Tan - 11/29/2014
Things to Do At or Near Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan - 11/29/2014
Stargazing For Everyone -Estrella Park - 11/29/2014
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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
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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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