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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.

100 Miles

Are you up to a challenge this fall? If so, keep reading! This year, Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department is challenging you complete 100 Miles in 100 Days!

To make things more interesting, we're going to let you decide how these miles will be completed...hiked, mountain biked, or on horseback. Here are your options:

  • Hiking 100 miles
  • Horseback Riding 200 miles
  • Mountain Biking 300 miles

So lace up your hiking boots, dust off your mountain bikes and saddle up those horses because it's time for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge!

Happy Trails!

 

Download 100 Miles in 100 Days Entry Form here...

100 Miles in 100 Days Brochure


Sample trail guide:
Cave Creek Regional Park
Trail(s) Go John and Overton
Description • Start at Go John trailhead.
• Circle the Go John loop back to the trailhead (5.8 miles).
• From Go John trailhead, take Go John north to Overton and return
   to Go John trailhead (6.5 miles).
Total 12.3 miles


Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Rainbow Valley, Toothaker, Coldwater, Dysart, Gadsden and Rainbow
Description • Take Rainbow Valley from trailhead to Toothaker and then back
   to trailhead (5.6 miles).
• From Coldwater trailhead take trail north to Gadsden and then to
   Butterfield connect with Coldwater back to trailhead (6.1 miles).
• From Rainbow trailhead take trail to Dysart and cross over to
   Butterfield and then connect with Coldwater back to Rainbow
   trailhead parking lot (5.3 miles).
Total 17.0 miles
 

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Trail(s) Pipeline Canyon
Description • From Pipeline trailhead north end take trail out to the end and back
  (4.0 miles).
Total 4.0 miles
   

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Scenic, Pemberton and Tonto Tank
Description

• Start at Scenic trailhead take trail loop (3.7 miles).
• From trailhead, take Pemberton to Tonto Tank and then back to
   the Pemberton trail (east) back to the trailhead (8.2 miles).

Total 11.9 miles
   

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Goldmine, San Tan, Hedgehog and Moonlight
Description

• From trailhead take Gold Mine trail north to top of Saddle and
   back (3.5 miles).
• Begin at the San Tan trailhead and take the trail to Hedgehog.
  Connect back to San Tan and finish off on the Moonlight trail (4.4
  miles).
• Start at the Littleleaf trailhead and continue to Goldmine. Link into
   the San Tan and finish off on Moonlight (4.0 miles).

Total 11.9 miles
   

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Trail(s) Spur Cross, Tortuga and Matate
Description

• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross then take Tortuga around
  to Spur Cross back to trailhead (3.6 miles).
• From trailhead, go north to Spur Cross to the Matate then head
  south to the Tortuga trail and back on Spur Cross Trail to trailhead
  (5.0 miles).
• From trailhead, take Spur Cross west to park boundary and return
  to trailhead on same trail (8.4 miles).

Total 17 miles
   

Usery Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Wind Cave, Blevins, Meridian and Cat Peaks
Description

• From Wind Cave trailhead take trail up and back (3.0 miles).
• From Blevins trailhead take trail south to Meridian and cross over
   to Cat Peaks back to Blevins and return (4.1 miles).

Total 7.1 miles
   

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Trail(s) Waterfall, Mule Deer, South, Goat Camp, Mesquite, Willow Canyon, Ford and Waddell
Description • Start at Waterfall trailhead. Take trail up and back (2.0 miles).
• Start trail west of the library and go to the Mule Deer. Go to South
   Trail and then to Goat Camp. Follow Bajada to Mule Deer and
   back to the library (4.1 miles).
• From Area 7, take Mesquite to Willow Canyon and return on
   Mesquite (8.3 miles).
• From Ford Canyon trailhead go west to Waddell and then take
   Mesquite Canyon back to trailhead (3.7 miles).
Total 18.1 miles
   
NOTE:

Remember, the Maricopa Trail contains many miles of trails and may be used as a substitute.


Rules and Regulations:

  • The program begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
  • The completed form must be received by 5:00 p.m., no exceptions, and may be turned into any participating County park.*
  • To be eligible for the grand prize drawing of an Annual Pass ($75 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $100), participants must visit a minimum of three parks, have park staff initial and date route(s) hiked and attach receipts (provide annual pass number above, if applicable).
  • The Maricopa Trail may be substituted for one park.
  • Participant may NOT combine their form/miles with another participant's form/miles to reach the 100-mile goal.
  • If the selected winner currently holds an Annual Pass, the Annual Pass will be renewed for one year upon date of expiration.
  • You may combine options; however, 75 percent of your challenge must be completed via your primary mode and 25 percent via secondary mode. For example if you decide your primary mode is hiking (100 miles) and horseback riding (200 miles) is your secondary mode, 75 miles must be hiked and 50 miles must be completed on horseback for a total of 125 miles.
  • All participants who complete the 100-Miles in 100 Days challenge will receive a limited edition tee-shirt at the park program finale celebration on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5 p.m.
  • Tee-shirts must be picked up at the park. Participants may make arrangements to pick-up a shirt from the park at a later date. Tee-shirts will NOT be shipped to customers and park(s) will not be responsible for product not picked up after Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • *The following parks will not be hosting the final celebration on February 28, 2014 - Buckeye Hills Regional Park, Adobe Dam Regional Park, Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant and the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
   

 

 


"Just for Kids" - Creature Feature - Usery Park - 7/30/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 7/30/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Lousley Hill Trailhead - 8/1/2014
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 8/1/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 8/1/2014
All About Desert Tortoises - Usery Park - 8/1/2014
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park - 8/1/2014
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
more...


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- 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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