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 Events for All Parks 
<May 2015>

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Thursday, September 3, 2015 (Tentative)
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.

Trail Rules

  • Respect other users, expect other users.
  • Be friendly and courteous.
  • Share the trail. Ride, walk or run on
    the right, pass on the left.
  • Stay on the trail. Creating your own trail or cutting switchbacks creates erosion, damages habitat and causes new trails which can't be maintained.
  • Bicyclists yield to equestrians, runners and hikers.
  • Keep your bike under control and at a safe speed.
  • Runners and hikers yield to equestrians.
  • Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way.
  • Use unpaved trails only when they are dry, not muddy or wet, to avoid leaving ruts or prints.
  • Warn people when you are planning to pass. Use your voice to warn equestrians, not bells or horns.
  • Bells or horns may frighten horses.
  • Anticipate other trail users around corners and blind spots.
  • Ride within your ability at all times.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Use caution when using headphones.
    You may not be able to hear people
    trying to warn you.
  • When a horse approaches, move off the trail.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Pack out your litter.
  • Dogs should be kept on leashes and under control.

To download literature, click on the links below:




CANCELLED Looking for Rattlesnakes with the Ranger - Lake Pleasant
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park
Archery 101 b - Cave Creek Regional Park
Believe it or Not! -Estrella Park
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park
All About Scorpions - San Tan
All About Scorpions - Usery Park
Scorpion Hunt (First one of the year!!) - Usery Park
Scorpion Scavenger Hunt - San Tan

Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 5/31/2015
Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan - 5/31/2015
Arts and Crafts for Kids -Estrella Park - 5/31/2015
Boy Scouts of America Lake Pleasant Camp- Session 1 - 6/1/2015
Storytelling - Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn. - 6/1/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 6/3/2015
Night Hike -Estrella Park - 6/3/2015
Fitness Thursday -Estrella Park - 6/4/2015
Summer Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 6/4/2015
Animal Tracks & Desert Holes - McDowell "The County Parks are getting "Wet 'n' Wild" this Summer!" - 6/4/2015
Homeschool: Monsoon Madness - San Tan - 6/4/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 6/5/2015
Night Owl Hike: Adults Only - San Tan - 6/5/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 6/6/2015
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 6/6/2015
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 6/6/2015
Animal Signs! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 6/6/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella park - 6/6/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 6/6/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 6/6/2015
Reptile Feeding - San Tan - 6/6/2015
Mountain Bike by the Moon Light - McDowell - 6/6/2015
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan - 6/6/2015
Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross - 6/7/2015
Boy Scouts of America Lake Pleasant Camp- Session 2 - 6/8/2015

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

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