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<April 2015>

Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department now features the nation's largest county park system, with 10 regional parks totaling more than 120,000 acres.

The park system began in 1954 to preserve the mountain areas for future generations to enjoy. A federal act in the 1970 called the Recreation and Public Purposes Act allowed Maricopa County to acquire thousands of acres of parkland from the Bureau of Land Management at $2.50 an acre. A combination of leased and purchased land has allowed this department to develop a regional park system that preserves open space and will forever provide the residents of Maricopa County with an opportunity to visit "Natural Arizona."

In 1992 Maricopa County entered a 50-year management agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to manage the newly enlarged Lake Pleasant. At 10,000 surface acres Lake Pleasant is the second largest lake entirely within the state and far and away the largest lake within easy driving distance from central Phoenix.

Today, more than 1.2 million park visitors each year enjoy affordable recreation available year-round.

Each county park has its own unique characteristics offering recreation to Valley residents and visitors alike. Some parks offer boating, picnicking, golf, archery and shooting ranges. Others have camping and recreational vehicle camping facilities. Most offer hiking, picnicking and mountain biking.


Exploring the Sonoran Desert - McDowell
April Fools and Cactus Blooms! - White Tank Mtn.
Meandering the Merkle - Usery Park
Wildflower Walk - Spur Cross
Hiking the Grand Canyon - Usery Park
April Fool's Day Crazy Hat Sunset and Moon Glow Hike - Lake Pleasant
Night Shredders - San Tan

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
Full Moon Hike - McDowell - 4/3/2015
Night Hike -Estrella Park - 4/3/2015
“Scrambled EGGstravaganza” Crafts and Games - San Tan - 4/4/2015
Archery 101 (Two class times available) - Usery Park - 4/4/2015
Family Fitness Hike -Estrella Park - 4/4/2015
Tot Trot on the Tortoise Trail - McDowell - 4/4/2015
Wag ‘n’ Walk Dog Adoption Hike - Usery Park - 4/4/2015

General Park Hours
Sun-Thu: 6am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 6am-10pm
- 365 days a year 

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

Our Parks:  
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