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Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

Annual Pass

Annual Pass

Annual Passes provide a convenient and affordable way to visit Maricopa County’s regional parks. The passes provide day-use access to more than 120,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert parkland, and 100% of the proceeds from the pass sales are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. For those who visit the regional parks more than 13 times during the year, this option could provide you with substantial savings.

Please note, the annual pass offers park visitors a cost-savings option and is not a priority pass. The pass does not guarantee entry into the parks when capacity limits have been reached and are temporarily closed.  This brochure outlines the various types of Annual Passes available. To download the Annual Pass brochure, click here.

Day-Use Annual Pass for $85

  • Entry via motorized vehicle or for an individual entering non-motorized.
  • This pass is good at any Maricopa County regional park, excluding Adobe Dam.

Guidelines:

  • Valid for one full year from the date of purchase.
  • Allows the pass owner, and accompanying passengers, in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter Maricopa County’s regional parks.
  • Pass is not transferable from person to person.
  • An additional pass may be purchased for any member of the same household/address for $20. The additional pass, although issued with a different pass number, will always be related to the primary day-use annual pass and have the same expiration date as the primary card.
  • Valid for day-use only.  Does not apply towards camping, fee based programs, special use permits, second vehicles or watercraft when camping or towards ramada rentals. This is not a comprehensive list, and park visitors should contact the park(s) directly for clarification.

Hike/Bike/Horseback Annual Pass for $30

  • This pass allows for non-motorized entry via hiking, biking, or horseback riding.
  • This pass is good at any Maricopa County regional park, and is for any person.

Guidelines:

  • It is valid for one full year from the date of purchase.
  • Valid for the pass owner only.
  • Pass is not transferable from person to person.
  • Additional cards are not available for the Hike/Bike/Ride Annual Pass.
  • Valid for day-use only. Does not apply towards camping, fee  based programs, special use permits, second vehicles or  watercraft when camping or towards ramada rentals. This is not a comprehensive list, and park visitors should contact the park(s) directly for clarification.
  • Not valid for vehicle entry. If entering via vehicle, you must pay the full vehicle entry price.

Discounts available

Senior Discount - $20.00

  • Discount off the purchase price of a Day-Use Annual Pass, vehicle entry. Available for customers 65 and older. Offer does not apply to additional park services.

Disabled Veteran - $42.50

This pass allows the pass owner and accompanying passengers, in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter Maricopa County's regional parks (excluding Adobe Dam). Disability status verification will be required at time of pick-up using one of the following:

  • A valid government issued ID that clearly states Service Connected Disability.
  • Letter from the Department of Veteran's Affairs stating the Veteran has a service connected disability. The letter must be dated within the last ten (10) years, OR U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Identification Card. The card needs to state “Service Connected” under veteran's picture.

Replacement Card for $5 (each)

  • Available when a card is lost or stolen. 
  • If card holder is unable to show proof of card when asked, s/he may be asked to purchase a replacement card.

Additional Card for $20 (Day-Use Annual Pass only)

An additional card may be purchased for any person(s) within the same household/address (proof of residency required). The additional pass, although issued with a different pass number, will always be related to the primary Day-Use Annual Pass owner.

Add-On Additional Services

  • Archery:  $48 per archer per year, 16 years and older.
  • Boating:  $65 per motorized watercraft per year and $30 per non-motorized watercraft per year.

Hang Tags

  • Hang tag(s) are issued at the time of purchase with each Annual Pass. Hang tags for Hike/Ride/Horseback Annual Passes will be issued for special circumstances by park.
  • Must be displayed at all times depending on the type of pass issued.
  • During certain times of the year, the contact station may not be staffed. During these times, pass owners are required to display the hang tag so the expiration date is clearly visible for compliance checks by enforcement personnel.
  • Hang tags alone are not passes and are not valid for entry or use. The pass holder must have the pass in their possession or in their vehicles at all times depending on the type of pass issued.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How do I Purchase A Day-Use Annual Pass
  • Annual passes may be purchased online by clicking on the following button:
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  • Most Maricopa County park locations, excluding Adobe Dam, Buckeye Hills, and Spur Cross. The pass may be used on your very first visit. Day-Use Annual Passes are valid at the following locations:
    • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
    • Cave Creek Regional Park
    • Estrella Mountain Regional Park
    • Hassayampa River Preserve
    • Lake Pleasant Regional Park
    • McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    • San Tan Mountain Regional Park
    • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
    • Usery Mountain Regional Park
    • White Tank Mountain Regional Park
What is NOT covered by the Passes?
Items not covered by the Passes include:
- camping     
- fee based programs 
- special use permits  
- second vehicles or watercraft when camping
- ramada rentals    
                 
This is not a comprehensive list, and park visitors should contact the park(s) directly for clarification.
                  
Some facilities and activities in County Parks are managed by private concessionaires. The concessionaires charge for their services, which is a separate fee, and the Annual Pass is not valid for their services.
 
Using the Iron Ranger/Self-Pay Station

When entering the park(s) either by way of the main entry (no staff available to scan your pass), or by the trail access points with iron rangers/self-pay stations, please stop and complete the entry ticket.  This enables us to see the true usage of annual passes.

Also, if entering by vehicle, indicate how many people are in your vehicle so park attendance may be tracked. This helps the park better understand the usage of the passes, and is used to assist with programming efforts.

Who can use an Annual Pass?
The pass belongs to the person whose name is registered with the pass.

 

Who is admitted with an Annual Pass?

  • Annual Pass: Each annual pass admits the pass owner and the passengers in a non-commercial vehicle, and may be used for non-motorized entry. 
  • Hike/Bike/Equestrian Annual Pass:  Each annual pass admits the pass owner only for non-motorized entry, others within the party will be subject to the park entry fees
  • Note: Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.

What if I want another person to use my pass?
The pass belongs to the person whose name is registered with the pass and they must be present. Passes are non-transferable, but there is an option of purchasing an additional Annual Pass card for $20 per person for members of the same household/address. If you allow another person to use your pass, your pass shall be retained by staff at the park because the pass is non-transferable.  Park staff will contact the pass owner to come pick up their pass.

When does the pass expire?
Whether you buy the pass for yourself, or as a gift, the Annual Passes are valid for twelve (12) months from the date of purchase. Additional cards expire on the date of the primary pass, regardless of date of purchase. Please note the cover photo on the passes are changed regularly, renew your pass prior to expiration if you like the look of your current card.

My family is traveling in two vehicles; will one Annual Pass let all of us into the site?
No. Only the vehicle with the annual pass owner is covered. Any additional vehicles are subject to the day use fees, unless a passenger in the second vehicle has an additional Annual Pass card.

Can lost or stolen passes be replaced?
Yes. A replacement card can be purchased for $5. The expiration date of the original pass shall remain the same.

What if I forget my Annual Pass at home, can't you just look me up?
Yes. If staff notice there is excessive entry without a pass present, staff may request the purchase of a replacement card.

I lost my hang tag, can it be replaced?
Yes. There is no cost to replace a hang tag.

Is there another option to the $48 Archery Fee?
Yes, archers can opt to pay the $2 per archer per day fee.

Using the Iron Ranger/Self-Pay Station
When entering the park(s) either by way of the main entry (no staff available to scan your pass), or by the trail access points with iron rangers/self-pay stations, please stop and complete the entry ticket.  This enables us to see the true usage of annual passes.

Also, if entering by vehicle, indicate how many people are in your vehicle so park attendance may be tracked. This helps the park better understand the usage of the passes, and is used to assist with programming efforts.

 
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