Usery Visitor Center with Ranger Talk Schedule First stop is the visitor center so you can investigate what the park has to offer you. A helpful volunteer can answer your questions like what to see and where to go. There are pictures of flowers with their names. There are maps of the many trails that you can hike. There are directions to all the various kinds of campgrounds.
THE NATURE CENTER The second stop is the nature center. The Nature Center is a fully functional, sustainable and energy efficient while minimizing the disturbance to the natural landscape and maximizing the design compatibility with the natural surroundings. Several other factors taken into consideration included the preservation of wildlife corridors, the need to avoid disturbing natural undeveloped land, and the possibility of utilizing a site which already had been previously disturbed. The nature center's amphitheaters, patios and classrooms may be rented for corporate events, scout meetings, family gatherings, and a myriad of other functions. For information about capacity levels and fees, contact the park supervisor directly. This nature center contains an entry pathway that welcomes visitors into the park and encourages them to venture into their natural surroundings. Some of the green features include:
The walls, glass, and the roof are all designed, and insulated to meet or exceed the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers energy standards. For instance, the windows are operable with dual-glazed low-e glass allowing them to be opened for natural ventilation when the weather permits, and to resist heat gain in the summer.
Whenever possible, Parks also took special care in selecting materials that were regional, rapidly renewable, and offered high recycled content. For example, the majority of the installed materials were left with a natural finish to reduce the use of paints and varnishes. Exterior materials, such as the corrugated metal roofing panels, and the unpainted steel siding, were chosen for their durability and low maintenance needs.
The restrooms use low-flow toilets, and waterless urinals.
Hiking and other recreational activities Recreation possibilities are endless with miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Designating these beautiful trails for non-motorized use only allows the public to be safe and enjoy the desert in its primitive state. Interpretive Rangers offer guided hikes, at no additional cost to the “Day Use” entry fee. NOTE: Pets, on leashes no longer than 6 feet, are permitted in the parks and on the trails. If your pet fertilizes the trail, please remove the debris and leave the trail as you found it for fellow hikers.
Playground CALLING ALL KIDS!! When you visit Usery Park, you may notice that some of the critters you spy on the playground appear to be larger than life. Don’t worry, you’re not seeing things, they really ARE larger than life! Recently, the department completed an overhaul on the playground systems, and focused on selecting nature-based pieces that would not only blend into the parks’ natural surroundings, but also encourage young visitors to explore these surroundings and appreciate the beautiful Sonoran Desert.