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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 geocaching.com 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.

 

 

Rock Art of Spur Cross
Bird Walk - McDowell
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park
Sonoran Desert Eco-Tour - Usery Park
Rock Art of Arizona - Usery Park


***SPECIAL UPDATE***Winter Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/29/2015
Hike the Goldmine Trail - San Tan - 1/29/2015
Spur Cross to Cave Creek Maricopa Trail Hike - 1/29/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 1/29/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Paul's Hideaway Paddle - 1/29/2015
Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn - 1/29/2015
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 1/29/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/29/2015
Eco-Tour of San Tan - San Tan - 1/30/2015
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.*OUTSIDE* of park)- DIFFICULT - 1/30/2015
Friday Fitness Series #5 - 1/30/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike - Yavapai Point by way of S. Pipeline - 1/30/2015
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
All About Optics - Usery Park - 1/30/2015
Looking for Wild Burros on the Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant - 1/30/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 1/30/2015
*NEW LOCATION* Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration and Sampler - White Tank Mtn. - 1/30/2015
Fireside with the Ranger! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/30/2015
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 1/31/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #3 - Usery Park - 1/31/2015
Arizona Wildlife Mythbusting -Estrella Park - 1/31/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike (Series Finale) - Cottonwood and Yavapai Point Trails - 1/31/2015
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 1/31/2015
Wilderness Survival Series #1 - Cave Creek Regional Park - 1/31/2015
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Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
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