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The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department began to ban open fires in city mountain and desert preserves, effective May 12. In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increasing temperatures and frequent high winds. Additional information on the ban is available online, at phoenix.gov/parks.
Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, and anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.
Do you hike, bike, run, ride or just enjoy South Mount Park trails? If you do, be on the lookout for the inconsiderate “hiker” who thinks it is funny to intentionally place large rocks and even small boulders directly on the trails in strategic locations such as downhill or uphill slopes or very narrow single path trails. My only thought is they are doing this to intentionally hurt someone. It is not funny; it is against the law! This would be akin to placing rocks and boulders in a roadway trying to get cars to run into them and intentionally hurt someone.
The Valley’s recent surge of warm weather is bringing people outdoors more and the city of Phoenix parks and recreation department is looking to capitalize.
HERE: MPHS Grad Night fundraiser event Feb. 11
A Senate panel took steps Wednesday to help ensure that the next Hollywood film featuring Arizona is actually filmed in this state.
The Phoenix Mountain Preservation Council (PMPC) will take members of the public on a hike in South Mountain Preserve Saturday, Jan. 18 to a peak with a view of the area the South Mountain Freeway is expected to go.
A whole lot of the trouble those extreme TV survivalists get into could be avoided if they packed a little smarter before heading out the door.
Never made the trek up Pass Mountain to Wind Cave, one of the East Valley’s most popular hiking destinations?
Park rangers are taking an opportunity while the weather is nice and the hiking trails are crowded to remind the public there are simple steps to take to keep your car safe while enjoying the trails.
Feeling challenged in the crafty, do-it-yourself costume department? Or ill-prepared altogether for this whole dressing up on Oct. 31 thing? This easy Mesa Halloween activity has you covered.
This fall, the City of Phoenix is offering a range of hikes meant to help hikers explore South Mountain with the expertise of a park ranger to guide them.
This fall the city of Phoenix is offering a range of hikes meant to help hikers explore South Mountain with the expertise of a park ranger to guide them.
Do you want to be the next Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen? OK, OK, one step at a time: Start with the basics at the nighttime Archery 101 class at Usery Mountain Regional Park.
HERE: Laborious Labor Day Hike Sept. 2
Days are numbered for an East Valley park ranger you may know and love from hikes and programs out at San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park interpretive ranger Adam Martell shows off a king snake named Cleopatra in a 2013 video produced by Get Out and Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.
A country once identified largely by its strict division of black and white, South Africa has now been a democracy for almost 20 years, and is home to some 50 million people who proudly lay claim to their diversity of ethnicity, culture and 11 official languages. Thus, dubbed “the Rainbow Nation” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this incredible country has also been declared one of the 17 mega-diverse destinations in the world by Conservation International.
A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson said the reasons people get stuck on local mountains is failing to stay on the hiking path and not being prepared.
During Arizona’s hot summer months hiking is still possible, but experts agree that early morning is the time to be on the trails. “At night the sun has baked on the asphalt all day long and as the sun goes down the asphalt releases that heat,” said Elizabeth Smith, park ranger at South Mountain Park. “Even though the sun is down and you may not have direct sun on you, it’s still hot out. In the morning it’s 80 degrees. I would suggest looking at what the temperature is throughout the day before you make your plans.”
Hiking trails built in South Mountain won’t be destroyed by the South Mountain Freeway but many hikers fear they will never be the same.
The Phoenix City Council will vote on the final draft of the city’s 2013-14 budget, which includes new efficiencies in the city’s public information office, parks and public transit, on May 21 but Councilman Sal DiCiccio says the city could have increased even more services if staff didn’t get any raises or bonuses.
Discover fascinating facts about Arizona’s state flower during this quarter-mile, ranger-led walk along the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes are required.
The harsh Arizona desert can seem inhospitable, but people have actually lived and thrived here for thousands of years. Learn how during this quarter-mile walk with Ranger B on the Desert Hawk Trail. Water and closed-toe shoes required.
All About Roadrunners: Everyone knows roadrunners can outsmart dumb coyotes named Wile E., but have you ever wondered what else they can do? Ranger B will fill you in on all the details at the regular Brown Bag series in the Nature Center at Usery Mountain Park. Following the hour-long discussion, attendees can watch the snake feedings and join the Animal Flashlight walk at 7:30 p.m.