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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.

 


TRAILWORK Volunteers Day - San Tan
Archery 202 - Usery Park
CLASS FULL Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park
Trailside Desert Show & Tell - McDowell
"Geology of Arizona" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park
Hiking 101 - San Tan
Animal Art! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park
Mammals of Arizona, Live! - Lake Pleasant
Life in the Desert -Estrella Park
Black Rock Luminary Walk - White Tank Mtn.

Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/21/2014
Family Mystery Hike -Estrella Park - 12/21/2014
Desert Cuisine: Persimmons and Pomegranates - San Tan - 12/21/2014
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 12/21/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 12/22/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park***CANCELLED*** - 12/24/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/24/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 12/24/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Lousley Hill - 12/26/2014
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 12/26/2014
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park - 12/26/2014
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park - 12/26/2014
All About Rattlesnakes - Usery Park - 12/26/2014
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park - 12/26/2014
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FAMIILY DAY- White Tank Mtn. - 12/27/2014
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 12/27/2014
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 12/27/2014
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park - 12/27/2014
Pollywoggin’ Storytime with Rose! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/27/2014
Sonoran Desert 101 - McDowell - 12/27/2014
Junior Tracker -Estrella Park - 12/27/2014
“Just for Kids” – Desert Scavenger Hunt - Usery Park - 12/27/2014
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park - 12/27/2014
Dog Walk -Estrella Park - 12/27/2014
Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan - 12/28/2014
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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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