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<November 2015>

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.



Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross

Desert Walk 'n' Talk - San Tan - 12/1/2015
Ranger-led Walk from the Campground - McDowell - 12/2/2015
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 12/2/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 12/2/2015
Fitness Thursday -Estrella Park - 12/3/2015
Sunrise Hike on Lousley Hill - McDowell - 12/3/2015
Friends and Fitness Hike - NEW SERIES (White Tank Mtn.) - 12/3/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 12/3/2015
"We're All in This Together!" Desert Plant Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 12/3/2015
Discover the Desert Hawk Trail - Usery Park - 12/3/2015
All about Gila Monsters - San Tan - 12/3/2015
Friday Fitness Hike-Horse Staging Area/4 Peaks - McDowell - 12/4/2015
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
Cottonwood Trail Exploring Hike - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2015
Tiny Tumbleweeds: Toddler Stroll - San Tan - 12/4/2015
Amazing Desert Plants - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 12/4/2015
Hiking 101 - San Tan - 12/4/2015
Lake Pleasant and It's History - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 12/4/2015
*DATE CHANGE* Hike Into History - Willow Springs - White Tank Mtn. - 12/5/2015
*NEW LOCATION* Early Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon - White Tank Mtn - 12/5/2015
Progressive Fitness Hike #5 - Usery Park - 12/5/2015
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 12/5/2015
NEW! - Strike a Pose, Sonoran-Style! (Family Yoga) - White Tank Mtn. - 12/5/2015

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Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
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Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
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