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Trailhead Congested this weekend
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
On Sunday morning the Trailhead Staging Area will be very congested and all but very limited parking will be taken by participants in a foot race on the Pemberton. This might be a time when parking at Four Peaks Staging Area and riding Escondido, or Cinch and the Tortoise, Granite, Lariat, Delsie, north Pemberton would make a lot of sense. Also, the Competitive Track will be open for riding.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
 
Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor
Location: Trailhead Staging Area
 
Desert Birdwalk to Nursery Tank Pond- ADA Access- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Interested in birds, but not familiar with the local species? Bird nerd and expert Amy Burnett will point out identifying features and even entertain you with bird calls. Grab your binocs and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds! This easy walk is along our less-than-½ mile accessible trail. Meet at Nursery Tank Trailhead.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 1 hour
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
Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
February 2 Sunday 9:00 am Rocks and Streams Walk (moderate) Learn about the geology and streams of the Spur Cross region on a 2-hour walk with nationally-known earth science author, Thomas McGuire. Visit an abandoned gold mine, Nutcracker Rock and a Hohokam rock art site along Cottonwood Wash. Bring water and your natural curiosity. Meet in the Spur Cross parking area.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tom McGuire, Park Docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Welcome to the Sonoran Desert Uplands! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join us for a scenic hike through this beautiful desert with the Ranger as your guide. Bring water and your camera. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 9:00 AM    
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
New to Arizona? - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are you new to Arizona? Are you curious about cactus and scared of snakes? If so, join us for an introductory experience to the Sonoran Desert. After a question-and-answer session, we will take an enjoyable quarter-mile walk on our scenic Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Cool Cactus Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What are the names of the cacti that grow in our desert? How do they survive (and thrive!) in such a harsh environment? Discover amazing facts about these incredible plants when you join our Interpretive Ranger for a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 2/2/2014
Time: 2:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car