Maricopa County Parks

Those who reserve a camping spot from Oct. 1 to Nov. 10 can receive a free pass at participating county parks. (Maricopa County/Submitted)

Starting October 1, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its popular Buy One, Get One camping promotion, which allows park visitors who pay the camping fee at a participating desert mountain county park to receive a free night of equal or lesser value during that same stay.

“This Buy One, Get One camping promotion allows our residents to enjoy the recreation of some of our most beautiful parks at a price that families can afford,” said Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. “There is no better place to staycation and enjoy quality time with your family.”

The promotion runs almost six weeks, valid for stays Saturday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 10.

“As prices continue to rise on goods and services, our agency agrees it is more important than ever to continue the Buy One, Get One campaign this fall,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director.

“With the evening temperatures starting to cool down, everyone is eager to return to the outdoors and enjoy time with their family and friends. The Buy One, Get One promotion allows visitors to extend their stay an additional night on us so they can continue to enjoy quality time with their loved ones.”

Participating parks include:

•Cave Creek Regional Park. Located north of Phoenix, this park offers the illusion of being miles away from civilization. The campground has 55 individual developed campsites.

•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 perfect for RV or tent camping.

•Usery Mountain Regional Park. Located on the east side of the Valley at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains and adjacent to the Tonto National Forest, this park offers 74 individual developed campsites. Sites can accommodate an RV or tent camping. 

•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 Valley’s west side. The park offers 40 individually developed campsites for tent or RV camping.

Visitors interested in taking advantage of this offer must contact the park(s) directly at 602-506-2930 or book reservations online at maricopacountyparks.org. To receive the offer, one of the following coupon codes must be used: “1Free,” valid for one free night during a one to seven-day stay; or “2Free,” valid for two free nights during an eight to fourteen-day stay.

Reservation extensions are eligible for the Buy One, Get One offer if booked during the identified promotion dates, either in person or online.

This offer is valid for designated camping spaces, not for primitive camping, group campground reservations, or unit fees.

Rain checks will not be issued if space is not available.

This offer is not valid at Adobe Dam Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Hassayampa River Preserve, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, and Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

The offer is only valid for camping stays between Saturday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Some restrictions do apply.

From hiking on a barrier-free trail to horseback riding along a creek, Maricopa County Parks offer visitors the best of the Sonoran Desert. At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park systems in the United States. All trails within the Maricopa County Park System are for non-motorized use only. The twelve parks in the system circle the metropolitan area and are within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.

For more information on the park system, visit maricopacountyparks.net or call 602-506-2930.