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Trailhead on Saturday 12/14/2013
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
A very large event will be staged in the Trailhead Staging Area this weekend. And as a result of the event the Trailhead will be closed Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday. Mountain bikes will be racing on the Pemberton Trail all day long. The park is asking that anyone using the Pemberton Trail on December 14, 2013 travel in a counter clockwise direction. The trail will not be closed but to avoid accidents, move counter clockwise all day long.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle to entry the County Regional Park
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park - Trailhead Staging Area
 
Address:
16,300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ, AZ  
85268
Bird Walk - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audobon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, mesquite bosque and nearby farm fields, and turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Osprey’s, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher—you can do it wherever or whoever you are– it’s just more fun to know what they are. Meet at the Nature Center. Rain cancels event.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: about 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audobon Society Guide - Joe Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
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: 12/14/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 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
5-mile Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Are you doing the 100 miles in 100 days challenge? Need more miles to reach your goal? This hike will be a 5.5 mile loop hike into the scenic Estrella Mountains. Your trusted hiking guide, Sandy, will lead you on this trek. Please have appropriate hiking attire, water and snacks! Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Speaker: Sandy Kehs
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Archery 101 (Two class times available) - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Interested in archery? Curious about how to shoot a bow? Come to Usery Park and find out! You will discover how fun archery really is! Participants will experience a fun and safe introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment will be provided. This class is open to anyone ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. Note: This same class is also offered at 10:30 AM. No registration – just show up and have some fun!

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Interested in archery? Why not give it a try? Participants will experience a fun and safe basic introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. This program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult! Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. ***Advance registration is required! To register, contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov ***Space is limited so register early!

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Stop at Park Entrance for Directions
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane - Carefree Highway to 32nd St.
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Do you drink coffee on your back porch Saturday mornings wondering about the names of the little birds flittering about? Bring your coffee to Usery Park and explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding with bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker. Learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Ask Sandy what your responsibilities are as a backyard birdwatcher and what you can expect. Please bring binoculars and water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Dixie Mine Hidden Petroglyph Hike - meet OUTSIDE of Park - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
This is a rare opportunity to hike to an area with ancient Hohokam petroglyphs. The Dixie Mine area has some fascinating history, and stunning hidden petroglyphs. This area is one of the best kept secrets in the Park. This 5 1/2 mile roundtrip hike has a few steep inclines, but the trail is well-maintained, and the reward is worth it. Bring more water than you think you'll need, and meet at the Golden Eagle trailhead in Fountain Hills. We will park just before the Guard Gate at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, and walk into the park. Call the Park for more detailed directions to the Trailhead.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 3.5 hrs
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per person park entry (walk-in fee).
 
Contact: Amy Burnett, Interpretive Ranger 480-471-0173
Location: Dixie Mine Trailhead
 
Address:
Northern end of Golden Eagle Blvd. at end of road
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
"Tails on Trails" - Dog Fitness Hike - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Fit dogs are happier, healthier, and display fewer behavioral problems. “Tails on Trails” will provide the opportunity to meet other dog hikers and learn safe hiking practices as well as dog trail etiquette. This fun, 1-mile hike along the level Merkle Trail is great for beginner hiker dogs. Please bring a short non-extendable leash, a small cleanup bag, and water for you and your dog. One dog per hiker, please. Location: Area 6.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Archery 101 b - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Interested in archery? Why not give it a try? Participants will experience a fun and safe basic introduction to recreational and international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. This program is open to anyone ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult! Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. ***Advance registration is required! To register, contact Ranger Mark at: markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov ***Space is limited so register early!

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Stop at Park Entrance for Directions
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane - Carefree Highway to 32nd St.
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Ravens and a few other Corvids - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Special guest speaker Joe Ford explores the world of Ravens and to a lesser degree, other members of the Corvid family. Information on courtship, lifestyle, the several species of ravens is highlighted along with legends, myths, and the importance of ravens to the native west coast cultures. Location: Nature Center

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 11:00 AM    Duration: about an hour
Speaker: Joe Ford
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
 
Contact: amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park***CANCELLED***
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for a late afternoon sojourn through our campground and nature trail on a quest to spot desert wildlife and plants. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but bring binoculars, your afternoon tea, and a little patience. Be prepared to walk up to one mile. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.***CANCELLED***

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Sunset Over Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 14 Saturday 4:00 pm Sunset Over Spur Cross (easy) Come with us on a casual stroll along the Metate Trail as the sun sets over the hills of the conservation area. The twilight is a prime time to watch for wildlife and take pictures so bring some binoculars and a camera.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Duration: 2 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
 
San Tan Wonderland - Presented by the Friends of San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Santa is making a trip to San Tan Mountain Regional Park before he gets ready for his big day. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see him and his special friends. Enjoy a night full of fun and adventure as you walk along our magical luminary trail in a desert wonderland, listen to a special story told from an elf's perspective, be mesmerized by the lights on the windmill at the Buddy Pond, see how you stack up in our reindeer games challenge, create your own holiday ornaments and other crafts at Santa's Workshop, get your picture taken with Santa at his village, and so much more. Presented by the Friends of the San Tan Mountains Regional Park.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    
Speaker: Special Guest - Santa and his FRIENDS
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
 

Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Adult Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Experience the desert at night as we hike about 2 miles on the Waterfall Trail. Bring water, a flashlight, your scorpion light, and good hiking shoes. No dogs please. Ages sixteen and older only please.

Date: 12/14/2013
Time: 7:30 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: Waterfall Trail (Area 6)
 
Address:
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355