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Dixie Mine Hidden Petroglyph Hike - meet OUTSIDE of Park - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
This is a rare opportunity to hike to an area with ancient Hohokam petroglyphs. The Dixie Mine area has some fascinating history, and stunning hidden petroglyphs. This area is one of the best kept secrets in the Park. This 5 1/2 mile roundtrip hike has a few steep inclines, but the trail is well-maintained, and the reward is worth it. Bring more water than you think you'll need, and meet at the Golden Eagle trailhead in Fountain Hills. We will park just before the Guard Gate at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, and walk into the park. Call the Park for more detailed directions to the Trailhead.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 3.5 hrs
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per person park entry (walk-in fee).
 
Contact: Amy Burnett, Interpretive Ranger 480-471-0173
Location: Dixie Mine Trailhead
 
Address:
Northern end of Golden Eagle Blvd. at end of road
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
This is the best place to get going on your New Year's fitness resolution! Who needs a gym membership when you can reap the same benefits in the beautiful outdoors? See how fun exercise can be out in the scenic setting of Cave Creek Regional Park. All levels of fitness are welcome. We will set a moderate, steady pace, based on the fitness level of participants. Beginners are welcome. We will hike about a 3.5 miles in a different part of the park each week. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway85331
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and grandparents with small children, ages 3 - 6 years old. Along with Miss Lynn, the kids will howl like coyotes, do the “bobcat crawl” and learn how to hydrate by counting gulps of water on their fingers. We will explore the desert along the scenic Merkle Trail. The hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Plants of the Sonoran Desert at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Winter plants are witing for the January rains. Learn how the desert schrubs adapt to the winter months. Meet at area 4 for a hike around the Black Rock Short Loop.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Roger Wilson
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee.
 
Location: Area 4
 
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How do you tell one brown bird from the next, and what are the first three items to look for as the little rascal flits off? Are you already a novice but interested in keeping a yearly, state or country bird list? Bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, will talk about bird habitat, behavior, range, etc. as we go in search of the native birds in this area. Please bring binoculars, water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Trail Staging Area.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Ride with the Ranger- Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Join the Ranger and Cave Creek Trailrides as we introduce you to the amazing wonders of Cave Creek Park and the Sonoran Desert on horseback! This will be a 1 hour ride where we will introduce you to the nature and landscape as you have never seen it before. Registration is required for this fee based program. ***Please call Cave Creek Trailrides at 623-742-6700 to sign up****

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Cave Creek Trailrides and Ranger Mark
Registration Required: Yes    
Fee: Trail Ride Standard Fee and $6.00 per vehicle park entry
 
More Info: http://www.cavecreektrailrides.com/
Contact: Cave Creek Trailrides 623-742-6700
Location: Cave Creek Trailrides
 
Address:
37019 N. Lava Lane
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Adult Moonlight HIke
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Walking along the lower Black Rock Long Loop Trail in the moonlight will give you a different perspective on the beauty of the Uplands Desert. We will discuss the unique changes in the desert after the sun sets. Bring a flashlight. Meet in Area 4. No dogs please. Adults only – no one under 16 on this hike.

Date: 1/24/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
 
Location: Area 4