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Are dogs allowed into the park?
Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

How may I obtain a map?
Maps are available at the entry station, on the website at
maps page, or via email as a .pdf file.

Will there ever be more hiking trails open to the public?
Yes. A number of trails are under review to be incorporated into the Maricopa County Parks System. Part of this process will be to identify areas and access corridors for use by the general public.

Am I allowed to hike off trail?
No. All Maricopa County Parks have a stay on designated trails rule to reduce erosion of the natural desert setting.

When do you offer guided hikes?
Guided hikes are offered 3 to 4 times per week. View our main calendar for guided hikes available throughout our park system. Reservations are not required for scheduled hikes.

Are guided hikes ever cancelled?
Yes. Hikes are cancelled only if heavy inclement weather is imminent or if the trails are severely muddy.

What will we see on these guided hikes?
There are several types of hikes offered; some emphasize the prehistoric Native American ruins and the petroglyph sites. Other hikes focus on birds, reptiles, plants, washes and riparian communities. Guided hikes typically have a difficulty rating of moderate. The average hike is 1 - 3 hours long with a distance of 1 - 3 miles. Hikers should be in moderate to good physical condition.

Why do I have to take a guided hike to see the archaeological sites?
Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites. Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites.

Can I access the Tonto National Forest via Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Within Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Spur Cross Trail / SR Trails; within Usery Mountain Regional Park, the Wind Cave Trail can be used for non-motorized access to the Tonto National Forest. If you plan to hike north on the forest, you should leave a responsible person aware of your hiking plans. A compass and map for the area is recommended for all hikers.

Why can't I drive my Jeep in a Maricopa County Park?
All Maricopa County park trails are limited to non-motorized vehicle use. As one might imagine the danger involved in permitting motorized vehicles on the same trails used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.

Where can I ride my horse or bicycle?
Equestrians and bicycling is restricted to the open public trails. Riders must stay on the trail, and maintain a low speed for the safety of others.

Are there any camping or other facilities available?
Yes. Many of the Maricopa County Parks have both primitive and developed campsites. Visitors should anticipate a natural setting and bring their own provisions, including water.

Is hunting allowed in Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Some of the parks within the system allow hunting during specified seasons. Contact the
Arizona Game and Fish Department for all hunting information. 602-942-3000


 

 

Ancient Petroglyph Walk - McDowell- Youth Camp Area
Exploring Spur Cross
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Homeschool: Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night - San Tan
The Big Green - White Tank Mtn.
Tortoise Talks - McDowell Park Visitor Center
Wednesday Wellness Walk - Estrella
Mountain Bike Madness - San Tan

Spring Fitness Hikes! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/24/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Paddling Pipeline and Cottonwood Coves - 4/24/2014
Animal Adaptations - San Tan - 4/24/2014
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan - 4/24/2014
Animal Flashlight Hike - San Tan - 4/24/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike - *STRENUOUS* -Sonoran Trail- (Meet @ end Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 4/25/2014
Friday Hike and Fish - Lake Pleasant - 4/25/2014
The Desert Tortoise - Estrella - 4/25/2014
Bird Journeys - San Tan - 4/25/2014
Reptile and Live Animal Feeding at McDowell- McDowell Park - 4/25/2014
Histroy of Water at Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant - 4/25/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 4/25/2014
Desert Mythbusters - Usery Park - 4/25/2014
The Desert Night - Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/25/2014
Animal Flashlight Walk - Usery Park - 4/25/2014
Celebrate Earth Day on the Maricopa Trail - 4/26/2014
CLASS FULL Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 8AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 4/26/2014
Rock Art of Spur Cross - 4/26/2014
Wag the Dog - San Tan - 4/26/2014
Become a Jr. Ranger - Estrella - 4/26/2014
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 10AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 4/26/2014
Stargazing for Everyone - San Tan - 4/26/2014
Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon Society - Estrella - 4/27/2014
Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan - 4/27/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 4/28/2014
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Headquarters Admin Hours
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
except holidays 

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Dept.
Headquarters Administrative Offices
234 N. Central Ave, Suite 6400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Ph: 602-506-2930 Fax: 602-506-4692
maricopacountyparks@mail.maricopa.gov
 
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