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5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
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.

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Exploring Cottonwood Wash Petroglyph Hike - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Come explore this fun area with the ranger and see some petroglyphs along the way. We will be hiking on trails (and a special guided hike up the wash), so hiking poles are recommended. This is a fun exploring hike with sand and rocky footing, please wear good hiking shoes. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Hike is about four miles and will be about two hours. Just show up at the Cottonwood Day Use Area, which is the first turn once inside the northern area of the park.

Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger - 602-372-7460 x 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Cottonwood Day Use Area, North Lake Pleasant Area
Take Hwy 74 west to MP19, turn north on Castle Hot Springs Rd. go 5 miles, take next two rights.
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Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
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