The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday with a 100-mile hike challenge for Valley residents. Starting this month, Valley residents can log the miles they hike at at least three of the county’s 10 parks. People also can participate in programs at county parks or hike a portion of the Maricopa Trail.
“One of our greatest assets is our trail system because it ties into our mission to connect people with nature. So to celebrate the centennial, we decided to showcase this asset by creating a program that would not only highlight the trails but also the beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert,” said Dawna Taylor, spokeswoman for the county Parks and Recreation Department.
The program runs through Jan. 30. On the day of Arizona’s centennial, Feb.14, each county park will hold a celebration for people who complete the program, and they can pick up free T-shirts.
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