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<October 2015>

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.

For many years, the Outdoor Education Center at Lake Pleasant annually served thousands of school children. The converted guest ranch at the south end of Lake Pleasant had developed a reputation for delivering exciting and informative outdoor education programs. In 1992, this site was destroyed to accommodate the expansion of Lake Pleasant, so the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built a replacement educational site. The doors of the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant officially opened on May 1, 1998 under the management of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.

The Center was built into the hillsides surrounding Honeymoon Cove on the southeastern shore of Lake Pleasant. Buildings at the Center were constructed with concrete and masonry to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

The appearance, setting, and isolation of the Center enhance the desert experience for all visitors.

Facilities include an administration building that houses three classrooms, an exhibit room with live desert animals, a large multipurpose room that seats 150 and functions as a gathering spot and dining area, a full kitchen, and two dorms that house 75 people each and have private showers. The three classrooms seat about 50 people each, and consist of a science lab with microscopes, a resource room with computers, and a “room with a view” that doubles as a great place for business meetings. A 12-inch NASA telescope is housed in a special building with a retractable roof, and an outdoor amphitheater that seats 150 overlooks the lake and provides the perfect setting for weddings, concerts, and other gatherings.The Honeymoon Cove Trail affords a two-mile loop trek that is handicap accessible. It begins at the Center and winds its way through pristine Sonoran Desert along a peninsula that juts out into Lake Pleasant.


STARGAZING for EVERYONE - 10/17/2015

Park Hours
Entrance to the DOC is by reservation only.
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383
Ph: 602-372-7470
    Fax: (602)372-8596
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