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<October 2015>

Are dogs allowed into the park?
Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.

How may I obtain a map?
Maps are available at the entry station, on the website at
maps page, or via email as a .pdf file.

Will there ever be more hiking trails open to the public?
Yes. A number of trails are under review to be incorporated into the Maricopa County Parks System. Part of this process will be to identify areas and access corridors for use by the general public.

Am I allowed to hike off trail?
No. All Maricopa County Parks have a stay on designated trails rule to reduce erosion of the natural desert setting.

When do you offer guided hikes?
Guided hikes are offered 3 to 4 times per week. View our main calendar for guided hikes available throughout our park system. Reservations are not required for scheduled hikes.

Are guided hikes ever cancelled?
Yes. Hikes are cancelled only if heavy inclement weather is imminent or if the trails are severely muddy.

What will we see on these guided hikes?
There are several types of hikes offered; some emphasize the prehistoric Native American ruins and the petroglyph sites. Other hikes focus on birds, reptiles, plants, washes and riparian communities. Guided hikes typically have a difficulty rating of moderate. The average hike is 1 - 3 hours long with a distance of 1 - 3 miles. Hikers should be in moderate to good physical condition.

Why do I have to take a guided hike to see the archaeological sites?
Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites. Guided hikes reduce inadvertent impacts, vandalism, and theft at these sensitive sites.

Can I access the Tonto National Forest via Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Within Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Spur Cross Trail / SR Trails; within Usery Mountain Regional Park, the Wind Cave Trail can be used for non-motorized access to the Tonto National Forest. If you plan to hike north on the forest, you should leave a responsible person aware of your hiking plans. A compass and map for the area is recommended for all hikers.

Why can't I drive my Jeep in a Maricopa County Park?
All Maricopa County park trails are limited to non-motorized vehicle use. As one might imagine the danger involved in permitting motorized vehicles on the same trails used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.

Where can I ride my horse or bicycle?
Equestrians and bicycling is restricted to the open public trails. Riders must stay on the trail, and maintain a low speed for the safety of others.

Are there any camping or other facilities available?
Yes. Many of the Maricopa County Parks have both primitive and developed campsites. Visitors should anticipate a natural setting and bring their own provisions, including water.

Is hunting allowed in Maricopa County Parks?
Yes. Some of the parks within the system allow hunting during specified seasons. Contact the
Arizona Game and Fish Department for all hunting information. 602-942-3000



Competitive Track - Closed
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant
Birds of Estrella -Estrella Park
Four Peaks Staging Area - Closed
Archery 101 a - Cave Creek Regional Park
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant
Zombie Archery - San Tan
Owls and Vultures -Estrella Park
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant
All About Scorpions - Usery Park
NEW* Night Riders Mountain Bike Ride - White Tank Mtn.
Campfire Songs and Overcooked Marshmallows- San Tan
Scorpion Hunt (Last one of the year!!) - Usery Park
Archery "OPEN RANGE"- Cave Creek Regional Park

Competitive Track - Closed - 10/11/2015
Mountain Bike 101: Beginner Ride - San Tan - 10/11/2015
Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park - 10/11/2015
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 10/12/2015
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 10/14/2015
Homeschool: Owls - San Tan - 10/14/2015
Sonoran Story, Craft, and Play Time - White Tank Mtn. - 10/14/2015
Hiking the Grand Canyon - Usery Park - 10/14/2015
Night Shredders - San Tan - 10/14/2015
Sunrise Hike - White Tank Mtn - 10/15/2015
Beginner Desert Bird Walk - McDowell - 10/15/2015
Fitness Thursdays -Estrella Park - 10/15/2015
Fall Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/15/2015
Cottonwood Trail Exploring - Lake Pleasant - 10/16/2015
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 10/16/2015
Black Rock Archaeology Walk - White Tank Mtn. - 10/16/2015
All About Scorpions - San Tan - 10/16/2015
Movie Night in the Park: “Desert Animals: Outlaws and Skeletons” - Usery Park - 10/16/2015
Nocturnal Animals Night Hike -Estrella Park - 10/16/2015
Scorpion Scavenger Hunt: Final - San Tan - 10/16/2015
Ranger-led Hike on the North Trail - McDowell - 10/17/2015
Elephant Mountain Fortress Hike - Spur Cross - 10/17/2015
Bird Walk with Joe - Cave Creek Regional Park - 10/17/2015
Petroglyph Hike -Estrella Park - 10/17/2015

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Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
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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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