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Geocaching in Maricopa County Parks

Geocaching is a new outdoor activity which involves the search for hidden caches by inputting a set of given coordinates into your GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and then following the directions given by your GPS to find the cache.

Geocaching is a great game; it gets folks out into open, natural Arizona and into beautiful areas around the state. It involves a sense of discovery, promotes exercise and can be a fun family adventure. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recognizes Geocaching as the fun, outdoor activity that it is. Unfortunately, those who have been hiding the caches are creating some real problems for the Maricopa County Park System.

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is not opposed to geocaching. We do ask that geocachers follow the guidelines posted on the national website at geocaching.com regarding placement of caches on public lands. Those guidelines include not placing caches on archeological sites, contacting the land manager, in the case of Maricopa County parks it means contacting the Park Supervisor, before placing a cache on park property and placing caches which are within two miles of a trailhead while staying on designated trails. Beyond two miles of a trailhead the Park Supervisors are more liberal in where the caches may be placed, but you must remain on designated trails.

By contacting the Park Supervisor before placing a cache he/she can let you know, if your proposed site is on or near an archeological site. Not all archeological sites are obvious. Archeological sites and petroglphys are always in danger of discovery and vandalism.

Readers who are geocachers or are planning to begin geocaching we ask for, and would appreciate, your cooperation! Thanks in advance and go out and enjoy natural Arizona.

 

 



Exploring the Sonoran Desert - McDowell - 4/1/2015
April Fools and Cactus Blooms! - White Tank Mtn. - 4/1/2015
Meandering the Merkle - Usery Park - 4/1/2015
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross - 4/1/2015
Hiking the Grand Canyon - Usery Park - 4/1/2015
April Fool's Day Crazy Hat Sunset and Moon Glow Hike - Lake Pleasant - 4/1/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 4/1/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 4/2/2015
Spring Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/2/2015
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 4/2/2015
Bird Walk - McDowell - 4/2/2015
Desert Scavenger Hike - Lake Pleasant - 4/2/2015
Homeschool: Land Before Time - San Tan - 4/2/2015
Desert Plant Walk- White Tank Mtn. - 4/2/2015
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 4/2/2015
Storytelling - Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn. - 4/2/2015
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/2/2015
Friday Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area - McDowell - 4/3/2015
Trail Blazers: Fitness Hike - San Tan - 4/3/2015
Hike the Wind Cave Trail - Usery Park - 4/3/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 - Lake Pleasant - 4/3/2015
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross - 4/3/2015
Hike by the Light of a Full Moon! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 4/3/2015
Family Moonlight Hike - White Tank Mtn. - 4/3/2015
Full Moon Hike - "Full Pink Moon" - Usery Park - 4/3/2015
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Morristown, AZ 85342
Ph: 602-506-2930 or (928) 501-9200
Fax: (602)372-8596
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