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<May 2013>

Cacti of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
May 3 Friday 8:00 am Cacti of Spur Cross (easy) Spur Cross is home to thirteen species of cacti. Join interpretive ranger Kevin Smith for a look at some of the cacti found along the Spur Cross and Metate Trails. Bring your camera because many of them are sure to be flowering at this time.

Date: 5/3/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
Like to Hike - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Impress your friends! Update your status with pictures from your morning hike. Join Ranger Amy for this morning hike and see how many things there are to “like” about Estrella Park! This moderately-paced social hike will be approximately 2.5-miles on the Baseline Trail. This will not be an interpretative hike, but we will take breaks for photos so you can “share” with your friends! Please make sure to bring a camera, plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear. Meet at the Ramada 6.

Date: 5/3/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
Location: Ramada #6
The Desert Grocery Store – North Trail- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
The Sonoran Desert is a virtual grocery store and pharmacy… if you know where to look. See (and sample) some of what people used to eat before grocery stores came to Phoenix, and find out which ones are still consumed. Try a chocolate chip cookie made with mesquite flour, or a cracker with agave nectar, along this easy, 2 mile stroll. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 5/3/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
Friday Fitness Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Health and fitness go together hand and hand, but instead of being in a gym all day, head outside and take pleasure in the scenic beauty of the San Tans. Breathe in the fresh air, take in the sights and enjoy a few fitness facts along the way. On this 2.2-mile fitness hike we will be discussing desert footwear. This program is part of a hiking series that will take place on select Friday’s each month with a new fitness facts topic for each hike.

Date: 5/3/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Adam
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554 ext.201
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ  
Last Desert Wash Hike for the season at White Tank Park
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
The desert washes are critical to the well being of the desert. They provide shelter for the inhabitants, channel storm runoff and reveal a cutaway view of the geology of the area. Join the staff on a walk through one of the Park’s more interesting washes. There is some rock hopping and climbing on this one and most of the walk is in sand so it can be a little too strenuous for small children and those with physical limitations. Plan accordingly. No dogs on this hike please. Meet near the Area 9 rest room at 9:00 am. Have plenty of water as it will be quite warm by the time we finish the hike.

Date: 5/3/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle - Park entry fee
Location: Area 9