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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


 

 

Fridays Fitness Hike *DIFFICULT* – OUTSIDE OF PARK- Tom's Thumb Trailhead- 128th St
Little Explorers for Toddlers - San Tan
Desert Wash Discovery - White Tank Mtn.
Home School Program: "Strung Out on Polymers" - Usery Park
Sonoran Story-time For Kids - San Tan
Discover the Desert Hike - Lake Pleasant
Welcome to the Sonoran Desert! - Cave Creek Regional Park

Early Bird Desert Birdwalk --Nursery Tank Pond- ADA Accessible- McDowell Park - 4/19/2014
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/19/2014
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 8AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 4/19/2014
"Scrambled EGGstravaganza" Crafts and Games- San Tan - 4/19/2014
"Tails on Trails" - Dog Fitness Hike - Usery Park - 4/19/2014
Archery 202 - Usery Park - 4/19/2014
The Saguaro Cactus Hike - Estrella - 4/19/2014
Archery 101 b - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/19/2014
Birding By Ear- Desert Learning Series program- McDowell Park - 4/19/2014
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 10AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 4/19/2014
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/19/2014
Monsoon and Stormwater Program - Lake Pleasant - 4/19/2014
Practical Desert Survival - White Tank Mtn. - 4/19/2014
Earth Day Family Movie - "The Lorax" - 4/19/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Early Easter Egg Paddle - 4/19/2014
Sunset Over Spur Cross - 4/19/2014
Venomous Reptiles - LIVE!! - Usery Park - 4/19/2014
Cacti of Spur Cross - 4/20/2014
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park - 4/20/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 4/21/2014
Ancient Petroglyph Walk - McDowell- Youth Camp Area - 4/23/2014
Exploring Spur Cross - 4/23/2014
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park - 4/23/2014
Homeschool: Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night - San Tan - 4/23/2014
The Big Green - White Tank Mtn. - 4/23/2014
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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.
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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