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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.

 

 

Desert Wash Discovery Hike - White Tank Mtn.
Find the Ranger at Spur Cross
Kids Series: Tortoise Tots -Estrella Park
Scavenger Hunt -Estrella Park
Flashlight Wildlife Hike - Lake Pleasant


Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 4/20/2015
Earth Day Program- Owl Tales - White Tank Mtn. - 4/21/2015
Earth Day Family Movie - The Lorax - White Tank Mtn. - 4/22/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 4/22/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 4/23/2015
Eco-Tour of San Tan MRP - San Tan - 4/23/2015
Saguaro Blooms Hike - McDowell - 4/23/2015
Spring Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/23/2015
NEW DATE! - Basic Outdoor Photography - White Tank Mtn. - 4/23/2015
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead - 4/24/2015
Exploring the Beardsley Trail South - 10 Lane East Parking Area - 4/24/2015
Wag the Dog - San Tan - 4/24/2015
The Early People: Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations - San Tan - 4/24/2015
Noticing Nature - White Tank Mtn. - 4/24/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 4/24/2015
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 4/25/2015
In Search of Birds, with Joe Ford! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/25/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 4/25/2015
Old Man of the Mountain: Historical Walk - San Tan - 4/25/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 4/25/2015
Believe it or Not! -Estrella Park - 4/25/2015
Birds of the Sonoran Desert, with Joe Ford! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/25/2015
Photography 101 -Estrella Park - 4/25/2015
Geology of the Valley - San Tan - 4/25/2015
Earth Day Library Series Children's Program - Owl Pellet Investigation - White Tank Mtn. - 4/25/2015
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