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Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department now features the nation's largest county park system, with 10 regional parks totaling more than 120,000 acres.

The park system began in 1954 to preserve the mountain areas for future generations to enjoy. A federal act in the 1970 called the Recreation and Public Purposes Act allowed Maricopa County to acquire thousands of acres of parkland from the Bureau of Land Management at $2.50 an acre. A combination of leased and purchased land has allowed this department to develop a regional park system that preserves open space and will forever provide the residents of Maricopa County with an opportunity to visit "Natural Arizona."

In 1992 Maricopa County entered a 50-year management agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to manage the newly enlarged Lake Pleasant. At 10,000 surface acres Lake Pleasant is the second largest lake entirely within the state and far and away the largest lake within easy driving distance from central Phoenix.

Today, more than 1.2 million park visitors each year enjoy affordable recreation available year-round.

Each county park has its own unique characteristics offering recreation to Valley residents and visitors alike. Some parks offer boating, picnicking, golf, archery and shooting ranges. Others have camping and recreational vehicle camping facilities. Most offer hiking, picnicking and mountain biking.

 



Night Shredders - San Tan - 9/3/2014
There's a New Trail in Town - Come Hike it with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 9/4/2014
Homeschool: Macro-Invertebrates - San Tan - 9/4/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 9/5/2014
"A Look at Desert Tortoises - a Night Mover" Lake Pleasant - 9/5/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 9/5/2014
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 9/5/2014
Desert Nights - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 9/5/2014
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 9/5/2014
Movie Night in the Park: "Toughest Desert Animals" - Usery Park - 9/5/2014
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 9/6/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 9/6/2014
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 9/6/2014
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross - 9/6/2014
Sonoran Story and Craft Time: Just for Kids - San Tan - 9/6/2014
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park - 9/6/2014
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 9/6/2014
Reptile Feeding - San Tan - 9/6/2014
Runners on the Pemberton Trail - 9/6/2014
Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial Candle Light Memorial Service - San Tan - 9/6/2014
Adult Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 9/6/2014
Full Moon Hike - Usery Park - 9/6/2014
Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell - 9/6/2014
Full Moon Hike - San Tan - 9/6/2014
Full Moon Hike - Spur Cross - 9/8/2014
more...


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Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year 

Headquarters Admin Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
except holidays 

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
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov

 
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