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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
On and off screen, it's been a bruising summer for Hollywood.
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.”
An Ahwatukee couple’s youngest son was killed in Afghanistan this week when a suicide bomber attacked his unit.
Most of the ads for “After Earth” have neglected to mention that M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote and directed the film. Movie studios finally seem to be realizing that having Shyamalan’s name plastered above the title will no longer sell tickets. If anything, it will have audiences fleeing from the theater in revulsion. Whenever it looks like Shyamalan can’t embarrass himself any further, he always comes out with a new film that’s even more atrocious than the last. At least with his previous debacle, “The Last Airbender,” Shyamalan hit ground zero. There’s no way he could possibly make a film even more poorly written, effortlessly acted, and bleakly directed, right?
Most of the ads for “After Earth” have neglected to mention that M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote and directed the film. Movie studios finally seem to be realizing that having Shyamalan’s name plastered above the title will no longer sell tickets.
Humanity's home planet hardly merits the name-check in "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi survival tale whose shipwreck action could (with the exception of a scene where our hero scrawls a crude map over Lascaux-like cave paintings) take place on any old life-supporting globe in the cosmos. The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening. Will Smith's presence, not just as co-star but as originator of the story, seems likely to carry box office receipts beyond the benchmark of Shyamalan's previous picture, the wretched "The Last Airbender," but those hoping for a franchise should navigate elsewhere.
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.
Rolling out a sleeping bag, pitching a tent and cooking food over a campfire. If anything to do with camping makes you anxious, Arizona State Parks is here to help.