Ranger-led tour enables visitors to explore San Tan park on horseback

Visitors to San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek can experience the San Tan Mountains while navigating the trail by horseback 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. A park ranger and the professionals from MD Ranch will guide participants through the Sonoran Desert while they learn about the plants and animals that call San Tan […]

Casteel boys soccer advances to the semi-finals

It took less than nine minutes to get the momentum and about 13 to solidify their standing. “We’re a team that if we get that first goal within 10 minutes, we play completely different,” said Casteel coach Greg Lanman. “Once you see that ball go into the back of the net, everyone starts to loosen […]

Free Queen Creek parks and recreation guide available online

  Looking for a class or new activity? The town of Queen Creek catalog for the spring 2018 season is available at http://queencreekindependent.az.newsmemory.com/?special=Experience+the+QC. “Experience the QC” lists the parks and recreation class offerings along with upcoming special events and specialty programs. Experience the QC is a resource to find activities for all ages to do in […]

Back-to-back cowboy mounted shooting events come to QC in February

Saddle up as the Southwest Regional Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition, followed by the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Winter U.S. Championships, gallops through the town of Queen Creek. Scheduled back-to-back, the Southwest Regional Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition will be held Feb. 9-11; the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Bishop Trailer Sales Winter U.S. Championship will be Feb. […]

Photograph the full moon rising during class at San Tan park

Editor’s note: The date of this event was listed incorrectly as Jan. 30 on the park’s website. The correct date is Jan. 31. It has been corrected on the website.   San Tan Mountain Regional Park will offer hikers who like to photograph its scenic wonders the chance to do capture two great sky events […]

Tonto National Forest evaluation map comments sought until Feb. 12

Tonto National Forest officials have developed a draft evaluation map as part of the ongoing Wilderness Recommendation Process. The map is available for public review and comment through Feb. 12. This is the second step in a four-step process to identify, evaluate, analyze and possibly recommend lands that may be suitable for inclusion as part of the National Wilderness Preservation […]

March 1 deadline to update credit card information for elk, pronghorn draw

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters who apply, or have applied, online for 2018 elk and pronghorn hunt permit-tags that 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Thursday, March 1, is the deadline to update credit card or debit card account information. The same deadline applies for purchasing PointGuard, which ensures that if a successful applicant is […]

Runners, volunteers sought for Feb. 18 Lost Dutchman Marathon

  The Lost Dutchman Marathon, Arizona’s longest running destination-marathon, is Sunday, Feb. 18. Not only do people travel from all over the U.S. to run in this race. . . but from all over the world. If you have not participated in one of the five races they put on, you are truly missing out. […]

Free admission to state parks during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend

Arizona State Parks & Trails is offering free admission during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, in celebration of the Arizona State Parks & Trails’ recognition as the best-managed state park system in the nation. The National Recreation and Park Association awarded Arizona State Parks & Trails with the gold medal for best-managed state park […]

Tonto National Forest announces fee-free dates for 2018

The first is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15 Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in waiving fees at day-use sites on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15, the first of seven days the forest will provide people an easier way to experience national forests and grasslands, according to a press release. […]