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. […]

Queen candidates sought for Saturday’s Lost Dutchman Days rodeo royalty pageant

  Applications for the 2018 Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Royalty Pageant are due by Saturday, Jan. 6, the day the pageant will be held. For more information and an application packet, go to The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo is Feb. 23-25 at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. Candidates do not […]

Learn about hiking trails, local flora and fauna at San Tan Mountain park

Rangers at San Tan Mountain Regional Park this month are offering a variety of events that will help enhance the park experience for patrons of all ages. Among the events are a family hike Jan. 4 that includes a scavenger hunt for youngsters and Find the Ranger and Trailhead Chat, where Ranger Nikki will be […]

Jan. 30 paper application deadline for 2018 elk, pronghorn draw

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2018 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information online at The department is accepting paper applications for hunt permit-tags. Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ  85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office […]

Fiesta Bowl coaches, A.D. react to ASU football hire, structure

Arizona State made headlines when it decided to fire football coach Todd Graham. Not only was the hiring of Herm Edwards a surprise but so, too, was the announcement of a new leadership model that would reflect an NFL structure. The decisions by Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson attracted national attention. Some greeted them […]

Roosevelt Lake among 2017 U.S. ‘Waters to Watch’

National Fish Habitat Partnership highlights partnership priorities across the U.S. The National Fish Habitat Partnership unveiled on Dec. 26 its list of seven “Waters to Watch” for 2017, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Roosevelt Lake […]

More than 2,000 permit-tags remain for 2018 spring javelina hunts

Permit-tags also available for handgun, archery and muzzleloader hunts that get underway Feb. 9 Arizona hunters who were unsuccessful in the recent 2018 spring draw still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for javelina. As of Dec. 21, 666 leftover hunt permit-tags were available for general hunts that begin Feb. 23. There also […]

Endurance horse riders hit the trails Jan. 20 in Apache Junction

A fast-growing equine sport, endurance riding, combines the appreciation for nature and a trail ride with the athleticism of extreme endurance sports. On Saturday, Jan. 20, riders will be hauling trailers from miles to converge on Apache Junction for the inaugural Tonto Twist 50 Endurance Ride. The Tonto Twist 50 is the first endurance ride […]

Solstice, critters and hiking events abound at San Tan Mountain park

Experience the solstice sunrise, meet the Critter Room inhabitants and take one of many hikes set for this holiday season The following events are taking place at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek. For more information, call the park office at 480-655-5554 or visit its website. Entrance to the […]