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Are dogs allowed into the park?
Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

How may I obtain a map?
Maps are available at the entry station, on the website at
maps page, or via email as a .pdf file.

Will there ever be more hiking trails open to the public?
Yes. A number of trails are under review to be incorporated into the Maricopa County Parks System. Part of this process will be to identify areas and access corridors for use by the general public.

Am I allowed to hike off trail?
No. All Maricopa County Parks have a stay on designated trails rule to reduce erosion of the natural desert setting.

When do you offer guided hikes?
Guided hikes are offered 3 to 4 times per week. View our main calendar for guided hikes available throughout our park system. Reservations are not required for scheduled hikes.

Are guided hikes ever cancelled?
Yes. Hikes are cancelled only if heavy inclement weather is imminent or if the trails are severely muddy.

What will we see on these guided hikes?
There are several types of hikes offered; some emphasize the prehistoric Native American ruins and the petroglyph sites. Other hikes focus on birds, reptiles, plants, washes and riparian communities. Guided hikes typically have a difficulty rating of moderate. The average hike is 1 - 3 hours long with a distance of 1 - 3 miles. Hikers should be in moderate to good physical condition.

Why do I have to take a guided hike to see the archaeological sites?
Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites. Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites.

Can I access the Tonto National Forest via Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Within Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Spur Cross Trail / SR Trails; within Usery Mountain Regional Park, the Wind Cave Trail can be used for non-motorized access to the Tonto National Forest. If you plan to hike north on the forest, you should leave a responsible person aware of your hiking plans. A compass and map for the area is recommended for all hikers.

Why can't I drive my Jeep in a Maricopa County Park?
All Maricopa County park trails are limited to non-motorized vehicle use. As one might imagine the danger involved in permitting motorized vehicles on the same trails used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.

Where can I ride my horse or bicycle?
Equestrians and bicycling is restricted to the open public trails. Riders must stay on the trail, and maintain a low speed for the safety of others.

Are there any camping or other facilities available?
Yes. Many of the Maricopa County Parks have both primitive and developed campsites. Visitors should anticipate a natural setting and bring their own provisions, including water.

Is hunting allowed in Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Some of the parks within the system allow hunting during specified seasons. Contact the
Arizona Game and Fish Department for all hunting information. 602-942-3000


 

 

San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
Progressive Fitness Hike #3 - Usery Park
Arizona Wildlife Mythbusting -Estrella Park
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike (Series Finale) - Cottonwood and Yavapai Point Trails
Backyard Birding - Usery Park***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***
Wilderness Survival Series #1 - Cave Creek Regional Park
Fishing and Other Things to Do Around Lake Pleasant
Wilderness Survival Series #2 - Cave Creek Regional Park
Petroglyph Hike -Estrella Park
Sonoran Desert 101 - McDowell
Wilderness Survival Series #3 - Cave Creek Regional Park
Wildlife Safari - Usery Park
History Short Walk with the Ranger - Lake Pleasant
Sunset Over Spur Cross
All About Kangaroo Rats - San Tan
Geology of the Grand Canyon - Usery Park
Moonlight Hike or Hikers Choice and Campfire - San Tan

Runners on the Pemberton Trail - McDowell - 2/1/2015
Photographic Safari! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/1/2015
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 2/1/2015
Sunset/Moon Hike - McDowell - 2/1/2015
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 2/2/2015
Wildflower Wednesday! - White Tank Mtn - 2/4/2015
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 2/4/2015
Hiker’s Choice Full Moon Hike and Campfire - Usery Park - 2/4/2015
Moonlight Hike - Spur Cross - 2/4/2015
Night Hike -Estrella Park - 2/4/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
Winter Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/5/2015
Homeschool: LOST! - San Tan - 2/5/2015
Shoreline Exploring on the Roadrunner Trail - Lake Pleasant - 2/5/2015
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 2/5/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 2/5/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/5/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 2/6/2015
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 2/6/2015
"Scenic Lookout" Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant - 2/6/2015
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
Bird Bingo Safari! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 2/6/2015
Cool Cactus Walk - Usery Park - 2/6/2015
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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