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<November 2014>

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.


Long Hike by Lake Pleasant
Progressive Fitness Hike #4 - Usery Park
San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group - San Tan
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park
This Walk is for the Birds! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Archery 202 - Usery Park
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross
Competitive Track - Closed - McDowell
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park
"The Thanksgiving Bird" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Library Series - White Tank Wash Ecosystems and Plant Life - White Tank Mtn.
Desert Tales Author Storytelling -Estrella Park
Animal Art! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn.
Kid's Photo Scavenger Hunt - Usery Park
"Rattlesnakes of Arizona!" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Campfire & Social - McDowell

Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross - 11/23/2014
Beginning Desert Hiking - Usery Park - 11/23/2014
Taste the Desert: Mesquite - San Tan - 11/23/2014
**Time Change** Sonoran Desert Simplified - San Tan - 11/23/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 11/24/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 11/26/2014
Night Shredders - San Tan - 11/26/2014
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 11/27/2014
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 11/28/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Sonoran Trail- DIFFICULT - 11/28/2014
"Just for Kids" - Little Desert Explorers - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
Introduction to Desert Plants - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
The Geology of Arizona - Usery Park - 11/28/2014
Progressive Fitness Hike #5 - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Basic Geocaching - McDowell - 11/29/2014
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 11/29/2014
Wildlife Safari - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 11/29/2014
Man on the Mountain: Historical Hike - San Tan - 11/29/2014
Things to Do At or Near Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park - 11/29/2014
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan - 11/29/2014
Stargazing For Everyone -Estrella Park - 11/29/2014

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

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