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Special for The Republic There is no winter like a desert winter. It’s a great time to be outside, and after being cooped up for so long we’re yearning for a little adventure. Yet many of us don’t want to leave town now. People travel from all over the world to experience our 70-degree sun-filled December and January days. Shouldn’t locals enjoy them, too? So why not pack up the camping gear and not hit the road? For an easy in-town getaway, look no farther than a Maricopa County Parks campground. Don’t just go for a day hike or a bike ride. Spend a weekend instead. Or a week. Revel in the mild days you’ve been dreaming of for months, then roast marshmallows over a campfire on a cool star-laden night. Now that’s a getaway worth staying in town for. Camping in Maricopa County Parks Six Maricopa County Parks have campgrounds where tents can be pitched and RVs parked: Cave Creek Regional Park. Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Lake Pleasant Regional Park. McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Usery Mountain Regional Park. White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Developed campsites in each park include such amenities as water and electrical hookups, a picnic table and a fire ring. Restrooms offer flush toilets and hot showers. Space is at a premium at Estrella Mountain, which offers only seven sites. Each site is developed and can accommodate a 45-foot RV. Lake Pleasant also has semi-developed sites — each has a ramada, picnic table, barbecue grill […]