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Competitive Track will be CLOSED - Friday and Saturday
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Due to a special event being held at the Competitive Track the area will be closed to non-participating park visitors on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Duration: 2 days
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle to entry the County Regional Park
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
Estrella Park Closure for Special Event
Estrella Mountain Park
Park areas including ramadas, picnic area and some trails will be closed for a Special Event. The Gladiator Rock 'n' Run event will be held in Estrella Mountain Park on October 19, 2013. Limited access to south park trails and horse arena will be available from Indian Springs and 143rd Ave.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $10 cash only for Gladiator event.
 
More Info: http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/
 
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join an exciting new mountain bike meet up group at San Tan. Riders of all levels are encouraged to meet at the main trailhead at the designated time. Once everyone has arrived, we will have a brief chat about the latest in mountain biking news and go for a quick warm up ride as a group. Once our muscles are warm we will break up into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups to conquer the amazing trails of San Tan. This is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, meet local riders, exercise, and just have fun. Please bring plenty of water your bike, 2 sources of light, and a helmet.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Jim Jensen
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://maricopa.gov/parks/santan
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
October 19 Saturday 8:00 am Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike (strenuous) Join us for a 7 mile / 5 hour roundtrip trek into the backcountry to one of the premier archaeological sites in the conservation area. Participants need to be in good condition and familiar with what hiking on primitive trails for this distance entails. Participants must bring at least one liter of water. We recommend you have a hat, & dress in layers. No dogs on this hike please.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 5 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Venomous Creatures of the Desert - Library Series
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Would you like hear and see venomous spiders, centipedes and other bugs? Then come meet venomous expert Cale and find out more about his research project with rattlesnakes and other venomous creatures in the Waddell Area. Meet in the Library classroom.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Speaker: Cale Morris
Registration Required: No    
 
Contact: 623-935-2505 or 602-651-2202
Location: White Tank Library Classroom
 
Address:
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Movie Madness - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Sit back, relax and enjoy a cinematic adventure on San Tan’s very own HUGE projector screen. Watch this amazing movie in the cool air-conditioned nature center surrounded by a friendly collection of desert wildlife. Bring your snacks, blankets and pillows to watch this exciting movie in style.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 2 Hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Living With Rattlesnakes- LIVE Rattlesnake Program – Indoor Program- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Life in the desert means living with rattlesnakes. What do you do if you find one on your patio, or in your home? We will have live rattlesnakes on hand for viewing...behind glass. Bring the kids to learn about how to live in an environment with venomous creatures. Program takes place in our Visitor Center.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy and Ranger Mark of Sonoran Wildlife Services
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
85255
Goofy Ghost Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Ghosts of all ages are invited to kick off the Halloween season with this fun night walk! Decorate a bed sheet at home and wear it for this quarter-mile journey through the dark desert. Our “Ghost Rangers” will judge the best child, teen, and adult homemade bed sheet costumes. We will also enjoy free snacks and drinks, play some fun games, then listen to Ranger B’s funny-spooky stories around the bonfire in our amphitheater. Please bring a flashlight and closed-toe shoes. Groups call ahead, and no pets please. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Adult Moonlight Hike
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Walking the Black Rock Long Loop in the moonlight will give you a different perspective of th ebeauty of the Uplands desert. we will discuss the unique changes in the desert after the sun sets. No one under 16 years of age on this hike please. No dogs please. Bring a flashlight, scorpion light and enough water. Meet in area 4 at 7:30pm

Date: 10/19/2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: Area 4
 
Address:
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, AZ  
85355