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<July 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.

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.


Designed for the Desert - White Tank Mtn.
“Just for Kids” – Creature Feature - Usery Park
Night Shredders - San Tan
Moonlight Hike - Spur Cross

Early Bird Spectacular Sun Rise and Full Moon Set - Lake Pleasant - 7/2/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 7/2/2015
Homeschool: Monsoon Madness - San Tan - 7/2/2015
Sunset/Full Moon Hike - McDowell - 7/2/2015
Friday Fitness Hike - **CANCELLED** - McDowell - 7/3/2015
Friday Family Fun Fishing Clinic - Lake Pleasant - 7/3/2015
Fruits of the Desert - Spur Cross - 7/3/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 7/3/2015
Sonoran Desert Survival - San Tan - 7/3/2015
Night Owl Hike: Adults Only - San Tan - 7/3/2015
Fruits of the Desert - Spur Cross - 7/4/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 7/4/2015
Fourth of July Wet 'n' Wild Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant - 7/4/2015
Reptile Feeding - San Tan - 7/4/2015
Just for Kids: Make A Snake Buddy - San Tan - 7/4/2015
Summer Family Movie: The Wild West - High Noon - White Tank Mtn. - 7/7/2015
“Just for Kids” – Creature Feature - Usery Park - 7/8/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 7/8/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 7/9/2015
Early Morning Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 7/9/2015
Looking for Wild Burros on the Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant - 7/9/2015
Summer Sonoran Series - Family Program - White Tank Mtn. - 7/9/2015
Friday Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area - McDowell - 7/10/2015
Special Guest Speaker - A Conservation Conundrum - White Tank Mtn. - 7/10/2015
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 7/10/2015

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

Our Parks:  
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