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Posted on: August 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Maricopa County Parks Bring Back Free Camping Offer

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(Maricopa County) Beginning October 1, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department will bring back the Buy One, Get One campaign!  The campaign allows park visitors who pay the camping fee  for one night, or more, at a desert mountain county park to receive one  night of equal or lesser value for free at any of the county’s desert parks during that same stay.

“We take a lot of pride in our park system because it showcases so  beautifully what’s unique about living in the desert southwest,” said  Chairman Denny Barney, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District  1.  “I know a lot of families are excited for the summer camping season,  and I think the Buy One, Get One promotion is a great way to encourage people to unplug and get out in nature for a few days.”

To receive the free night, park visitors must contact the park they  are planning to stay at either by phone or in person. The promotion will  be applied to stays booked between October 1 and November 10, 2017.  Reservations booked online or before the August 1 launch of the campaign  are not eligible.

“While this promotion is not valid for reservations made online, I’d  like to remind park visitors that they can still book their spring visit  up to six months prior to arrival via the reservation system. The  system allows visitors to take virtual tours of the campsites, view  campsite specifications and reserve their favorite spots from the  comfort of their home computers and laptops. Online reservations may be  made at,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director.

Participating parks include:

  1. Cave Creek Regional Park. Located north of  Phoenix, this park offers the illusion of being miles away from  civilization. The campground has 38 individual developed campsites.  Reservations may be booked by calling (623) 465-0431.
  2. Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Located near the  meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers in the southwest Valley, the  park includes a large wetland area. The park also offers seven developed  campsites.  Reservations may be booked by calling
    (623) 932-3811.
  3. McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Nestled in the  lower Verde River basin, this park is a desert jewel in the northeast  Valley. This park has 76 developed campsites that are perfect for RV or  tent camping. Reservations may be booked by calling (480) 471-0173.
  4. Usery Mountain Regional Park. Located on the  Valley’s east side, this park is located at the western end of the  Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park  offers 74 individual developed campsites which can accommodate either an  RV or tent camping.  Reservations may be booked by calling (480)  984-0032.
  5. White Tank Mountain Regional Park. At nearly  30,000 acres, this is the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most  of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains  on the Valleys west side. The park offers 40 individual developed  campsites for tent or RV camping. Reservations may be booked by calling  (623) 935-2505.

At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the  largest regional park system in the United States.  The parks are  located throughout the county and are all within a 45-minute drive from  downtown Phoenix.  Some restrictions do apply. To learn more about this  offer or a county park, visit or phone (602) 506-2930.


  1. Visitors interested in taking advantage of this offer must  contact the park directly either by phone, or in person.  The call  directory at (602) 506-2930, can assist in directing you to the park you  are interested in, and you will be redirected to the park to book your  campsite reservation. 
    1. Online reservations: Any and all online reservations are not eligible for the Buy One, Get One offer.
    2. Reservation extensions:  Extensions are eligible for the Buy One, Get One offer if booked during the identified promotion dates either in person or via telephone.
  2. Offer valid only for designated camping spaces only.
  3. Offer not valid for primitive camping, group campground reservations, or unit fees.
  4. Limit of one free night per family, household and/or group in a seven day period (Monday through Sunday).
  5. Rain checks will not be issued if space is not available.
  6. Refunds and credits will not be issued to individuals who reserved campsites prior to August 1 for the October 1 through November 10, 2017 timeframe.
  7. Offer not valid at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
  8. Offer is only valid for camping stays between October 1 through November 10, 2017.

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