Maricopa County Parks Programs

Maricopa County Parks Programs

March 5th, 6th & 7th

Cave Creek Regional Park:

  • Desert Denizens:   2 p.m. Saturday, March 7th.   All ages welcome in the Nature Center to  learn about the great horned owl.
  • Feeding Frenzy:     3 p.m. Saturday, March 7th.  Come see our collection of cool and creepy snakes who swallow their prey whole.  Learn how spiders and scorpions eat.

Nature Center, 37900 N.CaveCreek Parkway, Cave Creek

Call (623) 465-0431   

     www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek

Estrella Mountain Regional Park:

  • Night Hike:    7 p.m. Friday, March 6th.  Refreshing hike in the peace of the desert.  Bring water and sturdy shoes.  Meet at the Nature Center.
  • Fitness Hike:  8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 8th.  Join park volunteer Sandy Kehs on a gorgeous 6-mile hike.  You will witness some of Estrella’s spectacular trails while getting a workout. Wear close-toed shoes and bring plenty of water.  Meet at the Nature Center.

Nature Center, 14805 W.VineyardAve., Goodyear

Call (623) 932-3811  

  www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella

Lake Pleasant Regional Park:

  • Find the Naturalist:  10 a.m. Saturday, March 7th.  Come see if you can find naturalist Frank Meyerholtz on the Pipeline Canyon Trail between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Frank will be wearing a name tag and carrying all sorts of fun things to show you and the kids.  There are chances of seeing wildlife along the trail too, especially near the floating bridge.

Pipeline Canyon Trail, 41835 Castle Hot Springs Road, Morristown

Call (928) 501-1710

www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant

McDowell Mountain Regional Park:

  • North Trail Hike:  8:30 a.m. Friday, March 6th.  Join a ranger for a hike on the scenic, 3-mile North Trail.  There will be stops on trail to discuss plants of the area and the ways they thrive in a harsh desert landscape.  Meet at the North Trailhead.

North Trail hike, north of Fountain Hills, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive

Call (480) 471-0173

www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell

San Tan Mountain Regional Park:

  • Full Moon Hike and Campfire:  7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6th.  Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert under the full moon.  Join Ranger Tish  for a 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail or take self-guided hike along the Goldmine Trail.  After, enjoy the campfire and marshmallow roast at the picnic area.  Marshmallows provided but you may bring your own bag and roasting sticks.  Flashlights are welcome.  Meet at the Flag pole.

Full Moon Hike, 6533 W.Phillips Road, Queen Creek

Call (480) 655-5554

www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan

Spur Cross Ranch:

  • Moonlight Hike:  7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6th.  You’ll see a conservation area when it’s illuminated by the moon.  Bring flashlights for this moderate outing.
  • Archaeology Expo:  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7th.  Join the park staff and the Arizona Archaeology Society for this day of fun and learning.  There will be hikes archaeology sites, information booths, crafts, pottery and flint-knapping demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids.
  • Ruins of Spur Cross:  9 a.m. Sunday, March 8th.  This moderate, 2.5-mile to discover archaeological history of the area.  See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture on this trek to a mesa-top-compound.  Bring plenty of Water.

Ruins of Spur Cross, 44000 N.Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek

$3 per person

Call (480)488-6601

www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross

Usery Mountain Regional Park:

  • Just for Kids Toddler Cruise:  10 a.m. Friday, March 6th.  This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and caregivers with children ages 3-6.  Kids will howl like coyotes,do the “bobcat crawl” and learn how to hydrate by counting gulps of water on their fingertips.  The hard, smooth surface of the Merkle Trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.  Bring water, hats and closed-toe shoes.  Meet at Area 6.
  • Hiker’s Choice Full-Moon Hike and Campfire:  7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6th.  Choose from a ranger-led or self-guided hike under the full moon.  After, enjoy the toasty flames of a campfire and a free marshmallow roast.  Bring a flashlight, water and closed-toe shoes for this 2-mile trek. No pets please.  Meet at the Horse Staging Area.
  • Wag ‘n’ Walk Dog Adoption Hike:  9 a.m. Saturday, March 7th.  “Test drive” potential hiking buddies and family members from Maricopa County’s Animal Care & Control.  Learn more about trail etiquette and safety while you see how the dogs behave on a leash and get along with other dogs.  Friendly,leashed dogs that are at least 6 months old and current on their vaccinations are welcome.  Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes for this walk on the 1-mile Merkle Trail.  Meet at Area 6.
  • Kids Photo Scavenger Hunt:  10 a.m. Saturday, March 7th.  Come take photos of cool things in the desert,then see your photos projected on a large screen in the Nature Center.  This program involves a short walk and is designed for ages 7-12.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes.  Cameras will be provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.
  • Wild for Wildflowers:  2 p.m. Saturday, March 7th.  This spring should yield with an explosion of colorful wildflowers.  Join this casual stroll along the 1-mile Merkle Trail.  Meet at Area 6.

Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa

Call (480( 984-0032

www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery

White Tank Mountain Regional Park:

  • Family Moonlight Hike:  7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6th.  Bring the kids on this 1.5-milewalk on the Waddell Trail to look for scorpions and experience the desert at night.  Bring a scorpion light (available to purchase), a flashlight, water and wear closed-toe shoes. No pets, please.  Meet at Area 7.
  • Rock Art Recording:  9 a.m.Saturday, March 7th.  Join park staff and volunteers for this 4-hour program to see how archaeologists have studied and documented the rock art here.  You can even try your hand at recording the symbols.

White Tank Mountain, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell

Call (623) 935-2505

www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank