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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Thursday, August 28, 2014
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.

Trail Rating Guide

During the hotter months when the temperatures and/or humidity is high, trails will be rated at least one level higher.

Rating Symbol Brief
Definition
Surface Grade Obstacles/
Steps

easiest
Paved Accessible Trail Paved or hard and smooth
None


easy

Mostly smooth and wide Dirt with occasional unevenness
2" or less, rocks and ruts

moderate
Mostly smooth, variable width Dirt with occasional unevenness
<8" rocks and ruts, loose material

moderate difficult
Mostly uneven surfaces Dirt and rock
<12" rocks and ruts, loose material

difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops

extremely difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops and excessive heat >90F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Trail Rating Card
/ Black and White Trail Rating Card

Know your ability and choose the right trail

Every year, more than 200 people have to be rescued while hiking in parks and preserves. Make an informed decision on which trail to hike. Choose a trail that is within your ability and your hike will be more enjoyable.

Be sure to ALWAYS:

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Tell someone where you are hiking and when you expect to return.
  • Carry plenty of water for your entire hike. Remember water for your dog.
  • When your water is half gone, turn around and return to the trailhead.
  • Carry a cellphone.
  • Don't hike alone.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.
  • Use maps, know where you are going and what kind of terrain you are hiking on.

In addition to the tips above, here are a couple of basic safety refreshers to keep in mind when recreating outdoors:

  • Carry a bandana in your pack. They are light-weight and can be used for numerous situations. If you are beginning to suffer from excessive heat, wet the bandana and place on the nape of the neck and/or the forehead. This will help to cool you down quickly. Seek shade under a tree or bush.
  • Map miles are not the same as effort miles. On good trails, hikers can go up to 2.5 MPH. On most trails, count on no more than 1 or 1.5 MPH, especially if admiring the views, cooling off under Palo Verde trees, taking pictures, etc.
  • Going uphill takes more time. A 1,000’ climb equals a mile of effort and adds 10 or 20 minutes. Downhill is no faster if the trail is bad.
  • Be wary of rattlesnakes, particularly at night and when it is relatively cool.
  • Carry something to signal with – a police whistle, signal mirror, and matches for a fire, a colored panel – to make you visible.
  • Be considerate – leave no trace.

 

 

Fridays Fitness Hike- Lousley Hill Trailhead
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
All About Desert Tortoises - Usery Park
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park

Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 8/2/2014
Sonoran Story and Craft Time: Just for Kids - San Tan - 8/2/2014
Sensational Slithering Summer Saturday Series at Estrella Mountain Regional Park - 8/2/2014
Family Movie: Rango - White Tank Mtn. - 8/2/2014
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 8/2/2014
All About Kayaking - Usery Park - 8/6/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 8/6/2014
Nature Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell - 8/7/2014
Homeschool: Water Wise - San Tan - 8/7/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Wagner Trailhead - 8/8/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 8/8/2014
Water Crisis in Arizona? - Usery Park - 8/8/2014
Water Follies: A Discussion about Water Use in the Desert - San Tan - 8/8/2014
"Monsoon Madness!" - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/8/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 8/8/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 8/8/2014
Desert Nights - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/8/2014
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 8/8/2014
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 8/9/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 8/9/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 8/9/2014
Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella - 8/9/2014
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/9/2014
Sensational Slithering Summer Saturday Series at Estrella Mountain Regional Park - 8/9/2014
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 8/9/2014
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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