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County Parks Bring Back Free Camping Offer

June 28, 2012

County Parks Bring Back Free Camping Offer

(Phoenix) – Who says nothing in life is free? Not Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department! Beginning October 1 through November 11, park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night or more at a desert mountain County park will receive one night of equal or lesser value for free at any of the County’s desert parks during that stay.


"This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to experience the beauty of their County parks. The parks are located on the outskirts of town and provide access to some of the most breathtaking scenery and views found in the Sonoran desert,” stated Chairman Max Wilson, Maricopa County Board of Supervisor, District 4.  “In addition,” commented Wilson, “we will have electrical hook-ups ready to use at White Tank this fall.”


“Over the past four years, Parks has offered the six-week camping promotion as a both an incentive to help kick-off the busy camping season and as a way to say thank you to loyal customers.  This year, we’re rolling out the free camping campaign a little earlier so people can plan their fall vacations,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director.


To receive the free night, park visitors must contact the Parks Call Center at (602) 506-2930 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The promotion will be applied to stays booked between October 1 and November 11, 2012.  Reservations booked online or before July 1 are not eligible.


“While this promotion is not valid for reservations made online, I’d like to remind park visitors that they can still book their spring visit up to six months prior arrival via the reservation system. The system allows visitors to take virtual tours of the campsites, view campsite specifications and reserve their favorite spots from the comfort of their home computers and laptops. Online reservations may be made at,” added Cardin. 


Participating parks include:

  • Cave Creek Regional Park. Located north of Phoenix, this park offers the illusion of being miles away from civilization. The campground has 38 individual developed campsites.
  • Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the park includes a large wetland area. The park also offers seven developed campsites.  
  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, this park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. This park has 76 developed campsites that are perfect for RV or tent camping.
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park. Located on the Valley’s east side, this park is located at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park offers 74 individual developed campsites which can accommodate either an RV or tent camping.
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park. At nearly 30,000 acres, this is the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The park offers 40 individual semi-developed campsites.

At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park system in the United States.  The parks are located throughout the county and are all within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.  Some restrictions do apply. To learn more about this offer or a County park, visit or phone (602) 506-2930.



  1. Visitors interested in taking advantage of this offer must phone the Parks Call Center at (602) 506-2930 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations may also be made at the park level using the same criteria.
  2. Offer not valid for group campground reservations or unit fees.
  3. Limit of one free night per family, household and/or group in a seven day period (Monday through Sunday).
  4. Rain checks will not be issued if space is not available.
  5. Credits will not be issued to individuals who reserved campsites prior to July 1, 2012 for the October 1 through November 11, 2012 timeframe. However, this offer is valid on new reservations if individuals decide to extend their stay to take advantage of the promotion.
  6. Offer not valid at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
  7. Offer is only valid for camping stays between October 1 through November 11, 2012.

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About the Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department: From hiking on a barrier-free trail, to horseback riding along a creek, Maricopa County Parks offer visitors the best of the Sonoran Desert. At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park system in the United States. All trails within the Maricopa County Park System are for non-motorized use only. The ten parks in the system circle the metropolitan area and all are within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix. For more information on the park system, visit or phone (602) 506-2930.


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