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Fridays Fitness Hike – Wagner Trailhead
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fridays Fitness Hike – Various locations in Park- ALL Fridays Come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, every Friday. We build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water. This week's hike starts at the Wagner Trailhead.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
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 85269
Photo courtesy of www.visitphoenix.com, AZ  
Fitness Friday at Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
February 14 Friday 9:00 am Fitness Friday (moderate) Get your day started with a two to three mile brisk, non-interpretive walk. Participants need not be tri-athletes, just ordinary folks who would like to add diversity to their existing walking program. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 90 minutes
Speaker: Kevin Smith, park ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and caregivers with small children, ages 3 – 6 years. Using their senses, kids will discover lots of cool things about the plants and animals that call our desert “home.” We will explore the desert along the scenic Merkle Trail. The hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Exploring Desert Washes - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Have you ever walked inside a desert wash? What makes them so special and unique? How do washes contribute to the health of the desert itself? Join us for a look at the fascinating world of desert washes as we explore their importance to the desert ecosystem. This walk is 1.5 mile in length. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Staging Area.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Have you ever seen a snake eat its dinner? Join us at the Nature Center to watch park staff feed our resident creatures, including rattlesnakes, scorpions, a Gila monster, and a tarantula.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM    
Speaker: park staff
Registration Required: No    
Fee: free
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Nature Center
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Valentine’s Hike by Moonlight!- Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Don’t waste a Full Moon! Spend a romantic evening with your Valentine Sweetheart hiking hand-in-hand through the desert night! Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 5:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn.
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Experience White Tank in a different light - moonlight! Load up the kids and join Ranger Jessica on this several mile hike to experience the desert at night. Bring a flashlight, your scorpion light, and wear comfortable footwear. No dogs, please. Location to be determined. Inquire at park entry station upon arrival.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Jessica
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6/vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ  
85355
Full Moon Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as we hike under the light from the full moon. Join us for a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the night-life atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcomed. Join Ranger Tish under the Flag Pole before our adventure begins.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Tish
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: Ranger Tish TishiaStewart@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 West Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Valentine's Full Moon Hike - Adults only- Trailhead Staging Area- McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Bring your Valentine to the Park for a different kind of Valentine’s Day date— a full moon hike under the starry desert sky. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring that special someone! Flashlights are not necessary, but permitted. Bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Hiking time is 2 1/2 hours, and 3 miles. No pets please. Hikes begin at the Trailhead Staging area. This event is for adults only, please.

Date: 2/14/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM    Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
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