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5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
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.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use are not permitted at any Maricopa County Park.  Trails are designated for non-motorized use only. Use is limited to pedestrians, bicycles, and horses only. 

Off-highway vehicle decal price set at $25

Dec. 19, 2008

New state laws requiring purchase take effect Jan. 1

PHOENIX — A coalition of state agencies has agreed on a price for the new off-highway vehicle (OHV) decal that will be required in Arizona to operate most ATVs, dirt bikes, and other OHVs meeting certain criteria beginning in January.

The “OHV Decal” will cost $25 and will be issued annually through the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Revenues from the purchase of the decal will help better manage Arizona’s exploding OHV use and help protect natural resources.

“This is the most important legislation that I have sponsored,” said Rep. Jerry Weiers (R-Glendale). “This legislation will allow folks to better enjoy outdoor Arizona in a safe and responsible way.”

The OHV Decal is a part of new OHV laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2009. The laws will require the annual purchase of the decal for any OHV designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain and weighing 1,800 pounds or less. Beginning Jan. 1, owners whose OHVs are currently titled or registered in Arizona may purchase the decal online at After Jan. 1, title and registration services and decals will be available at MVD offices. The new laws also contain other provisions about titling, registration, equipment, and responsible operation.

Purchase of the decal is a “user-play, user-pay” fee that will allow the OHV to be legally operated in Arizona as well as in other states that have reciprocity agreements.

Revenue from purchases of the decal will be used in many ways to benefit Arizona OHV users. This will bolster the State Parks grant program that is used for damage mitigation, trail construction, habitat restoration and various other programs. Game and Fish will use funds to hire new law enforcement officers specifically for OHV enforcement. It is also creating new OHV education classes that can be taken by OHV users and may be court ordered for those found in violation of OHV laws. State Land will use a portion of the funds for law enforcement, habitat restoration and access across state trust lands.

Arizona Game and Fish Department, MVD, Arizona State Parks and Arizona State Land Department have worked cooperatively to determine a price that is reasonable for all users.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Hank Rogers with the Apache County Rough Riders, an OHV group in eastern Arizona. “We’re very happy it’s been set at $25. We’re thrilled it’s here and look forward to putting the dollars to good use for the benefit of all Arizonans.

Enactment of the laws was the end product of a huge collaborative effort between OHV groups, conservation and sportsmen’s organizations, government agencies and elected officials, who all worked together to achieve this positive outcome for Arizona’s natural resources and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

For more information about safe and responsible use, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department at

For more information about where to ride in Arizona, visit Arizona State Parks at

For more information about usage of state land, visit the Arizona State Land Department.

For more information about title and registration of OHVs, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) at: To purchase a decal for an OHV that has an Arizona title or registration, visit

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Driving off-road vehicles on dirt and unpaved roads can stir up particulate matter which pollutes the air. New rules and ordinances are currently being adopted and enforced by cities and towns throughout Maricopa County. It is recommended that you visit either the Maricopa County Air Quality Department's Web site or local city site prior to venturing out on your next ATV or OHV excursion.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Guide for Arizona

The Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Guide for Arizona was developed for outdoor enthusiasts by Arizona State Parks. For a hard copy of the information, please contact

Arizona State Parks
1300 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Electronic information may be obtained by clicking on the brochure.

For more information on where motorized activities are permitted, visit the links below:



Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sunset Walk - McDowell
Sunset Flashlight Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant

Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Hike Into a Desert Forest! at Lake Pleasant - 10/9/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 10/9/2015
Bats and Goatsuckers: Myths Debunked - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 10/9/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 10/9/2015
Animal Spotlighting - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Zombie Archery - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
All About Scorpions - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn. - 10/10/2015
Cowboys and Guitar Strings - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Scorpion Hunt (Last one of the year!!) - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/11/2015
Mountain Bike 101: Beginner Ride - San Tan - 10/11/2015
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015

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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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