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<October 2015>

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.

Geocaching in Maricopa County Parks

Geocaching is a new outdoor activity which involves the search for hidden caches by inputting a set of given coordinates into your GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and then following the directions given by your GPS to find the cache.

Geocaching is a great game; it gets folks out into open, natural Arizona and into beautiful areas around the state. It involves a sense of discovery, promotes exercise and can be a fun family adventure. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recognizes Geocaching as the fun, outdoor activity that it is. Unfortunately, those who have been hiding the caches are creating some real problems for the Maricopa County Park System.

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is not opposed to geocaching. We do ask that geocachers follow the guidelines posted on the national website at regarding placement of caches on public lands. Those guidelines include not placing caches on archeological sites, contacting the land manager, in the case of Maricopa County parks it means contacting the Park Supervisor, before placing a cache on park property and placing caches which are within two miles of a trailhead while staying on designated trails. Beyond two miles of a trailhead the Park Supervisors are more liberal in where the caches may be placed, but you must remain on designated trails.

By contacting the Park Supervisor before placing a cache he/she can let you know, if your proposed site is on or near an archeological site. Not all archeological sites are obvious. Archeological sites and petroglphys are always in danger of discovery and vandalism.

Readers who are geocachers or are planning to begin geocaching we ask for, and would appreciate, your cooperation! Thanks in advance and go out and enjoy natural Arizona.



Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Sunset Walk - McDowell
Sunset Flashlight Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant

Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Hike Into a Desert Forest! at Lake Pleasant - 10/9/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 10/9/2015
Bats and Goatsuckers: Myths Debunked - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 10/9/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 10/9/2015
Animal Spotlighting - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Zombie Archery - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
All About Scorpions - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn. - 10/10/2015
Cowboys and Guitar Strings - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Scorpion Hunt (Last one of the year!!) - Usery Park - 10/10/2015
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/11/2015
Mountain Bike 101: Beginner Ride - San Tan - 10/11/2015
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015

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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
The Headquarter Administrative Offices are located at:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Unit Operations Center

Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596

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