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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. Please check back after Labor Day for updates.
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.


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


 

 

Get Wet Cool Exploring Hike - Lake Pleasant
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
NEW LOCATION* Early Bird Walk with Sonoran Audubon - White Tank Mtn.
Hohokam Houses - the Ruins of Spur Cross
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell
Critter Chat -Estrella Park
Desert Denizen's - Cave Creek Regional Park
The Wonder of Wood Warblers - White Tank Mtn.
Feeding Frenzy! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Family Movie with a Message - White Tank Mtn.
Reptile Feeding - San Tan
Desert Survival for Everyone - San Tan
Venomous Reptiles - LIVE!! - Usery Park
Night Owl Hike: Adults Only - San Tan

Nathan Marten Memorial - San Tan - 9/6/2015
Desert Walk 'n' Talk - San Tan - 9/8/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 9/9/2015
Fitness Thursday - Estrella Park - 9/10/2015
Beginner Desert Birding - McDowell - 9/10/2015
Homeschool: Mission to Mars - San Tan - 9/10/2015
Friday Fitness Hike-Horse Staging Area/4 Peaks - McDowell - 9/11/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 9/11/2015
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 9/11/2015
FREE Introduction to Kayaking Classroom Presentation at Cabela's - 9/11/2015
All About Desert Holes - San Tan - 9/11/2015
Scorpion Search - Estrella Park - 9/11/2015
Animal Spotlighting - San Tan - 9/11/2015
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 9/12/2015
"Get Wet Beginner Kayaking" Program On-water Skills Course - 9/12/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 9/12/2015
Birds of Estrella - Estrella Park - 9/12/2015
Just for Kids: Volcanoes! - San Tan - 9/12/2015
Bird Weirdness III - Estrella Park - 9/12/2015
Critter Riddles: Which Animal Am I? - White Tank Mtn. - 9/12/2015
Movie in the Park: Volcanoes! - San Tan - 9/12/2015
Lunch with the Critters - Estrella Park - 9/12/2015
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 9/12/2015
Flashlight and Blacklight Tour - Spur Cross - 9/12/2015
Believe it or Not! - Estrella Park - 9/13/2015
more...


General Park Hours
Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
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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