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<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
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.


The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for images that capture the beauty of the county’s regional park system. This includes:

  • Adobe Dam Regional Park
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
  • Cave Creek Regional Park
  • Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
  • Estrella Mountain Regional Park
  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park
  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Photos from all parks are needed. A panel of judges from the department will select the winning photos, which will be published in the 2015 Parks and Recreation calendar. A total of 13 photos will be selected - one for each month and one for the calendar's cover.


  • All entries must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, September 7, 2014, and be accompanied by an entry form.
  • Photos MUST be taken in one of the county parks listed above. Photos for city and state parks will NOT be considered.
  • All entries must be of scenic themes. Flora, fauna, desert landscapes and close-up photographs are acceptable. Photos of people will not be considered.
  • Only horizontal photographs will be considered. Photos must fit the 11" wide x 8.5" deep calendar format. Selected photos may be cropped for that format.
  • Digital images must be at least 300 dpi (resolution).
  • Entrants will be limited to one photo submission per park. No more than four photos per entrant will be accepted.
  • Entries must be emailed to the contact below. Email should be captioned “Calendar Photo Submission.” Photos not to exceed 3MB. If photo is larger, please make arrangements with contact for an alternate format for submission (i.e., Dropbox). Photos emailed and/or dropped off at parks will NOT be considered.

    Dawna Taylor, Public Information Officer
    Email: or
    Phone: (928) 501-9204

  • Each entry must be the work of the person submitting the photo, and a signed entry form is required. Entrants under the age of 18 must submit a release from a parent or guardian.
  • Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department employees, their immediate families, and park volunteers are not eligible to submit photos for the calendar.
  • Individuals whose photos have been selected will be notified in September, 2014 via email.
  • Entries will be evaluated based on appeal, content, photographic skill and appropriateness for the calendar the month the photos depict. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department assumes no responsibility for submissions.

Individuals who submit photos will not be compensated for their work. However, selected photos will be appropriately credited with photographer’s name, and company name, if a professional photographer. Individuals whose photos have been selected to appear in the calendar may also receive a receipt for their donation from the department for tax credit purposes.


To download a copy of the photo calendar submission form, click on the graphic below.

Photo Calendar Submission Form




Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 10/5/2015
Black Rock Archaeology Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 10/5/2015
Desert Walk and Talk - San Tan - 10/6/2015
Storytelling - Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn. - 10/6/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 10/7/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/8/2015
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/8/2015
Sunset Walk - McDowell - 10/8/2015
Sunset Flashlight Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant - 10/8/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike - Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd) - McDowell - 10/9/2015
Hike Into a Desert Forest! at Lake Pleasant - 10/9/2015
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 10/9/2015
Bats and Goatsuckers: Myths Debunked - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Archery 101 - Usery Park - 10/9/2015
Scorpion Search -Estrella Park - 10/9/2015
Animal Spotlighting - San Tan - 10/9/2015
Competitive Track - Closed - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/10/2015
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Zombie Archery - San Tan - 10/10/2015
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park - 10/10/2015
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015

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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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