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Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department now features the nation's largest county park system, with 10 regional parks totaling more than 120,000 acres.

The park system began in 1954 to preserve the mountain areas for future generations to enjoy. A federal act in the 1970 called the Recreation and Public Purposes Act allowed Maricopa County to acquire thousands of acres of parkland from the Bureau of Land Management at $2.50 an acre. A combination of leased and purchased land has allowed this department to develop a regional park system that preserves open space and will forever provide the residents of Maricopa County with an opportunity to visit "Natural Arizona."

In 1992 Maricopa County entered a 50-year management agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to manage the newly enlarged Lake Pleasant. At 10,000 surface acres Lake Pleasant is the second largest lake entirely within the state and far and away the largest lake within easy driving distance from central Phoenix.

Today, more than 1.2 million park visitors each year enjoy affordable recreation available year-round.

Each county park has its own unique characteristics offering recreation to Valley residents and visitors alike. Some parks offer boating, picnicking, golf, archery and shooting ranges. Others have camping and recreational vehicle camping facilities. Most offer hiking, picnicking and mountain biking.

 


McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.*OUTSIDE* of park)- DIFFICULT
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Exploring the Islands of Lake Pleasant
Take a Hike on Halloween- San Tan
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Haunted Trail -Estrella Park
Haunted Hike! - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Halloween Party - White Tank Mtn.

McDowell Trailhead Staging Area - Closed Saturday and Sunday morning - 11/1/2014
Runners on the Pemberton Trail-McDowell - 11/1/2014
Progressive Fitness Hike #1 - Usery Park - 11/1/2014
Demo new mountain bikes-McDowell - 11/1/2014
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/1/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 11/1/2014
Wag ā€˜nā€™ Walk Dog Adoption Hike - Usery Park - 11/1/2014
Yappy Days - San Tan - 11/1/2014
Exploring the Desert - McDowell - 11/1/2014
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/1/2014
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 11/1/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Scenic Lake Pleasant, a walk with Naturalist Frank - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Arizona Birds, Live! At Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/1/2014
Author Visit - Dr. Joyce Story - White Tank Mtn. - 11/1/2014
Reptile Feeding - San Tan - 11/1/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Sunset and Moon Glow Paddle - 11/1/2014
Birding Adventures - San Tan - 11/2/2014
Demo new mountain bikes-McDowell - 11/2/2014
Exploring Spur Cross - 11/2/2014
Family Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 11/2/2014
New to Arizona? - Usery Park - 11/2/2014
"Desert General Store" Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 11/2/2014
Life in the Desert -Estrella Park - 11/2/2014
more...


General Park Hours
Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year 

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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