Arizona is incredibly fortunate to have so many magnificent state parks and natural areas — that’s the good news. Here’s more good news: Some 2.2 million people visit these sites each year. Translation? Tourism is great for Arizona’s economy, something that affects every single person who lives in this state.
Now, for the bad news: You may have heard in the news recently that many of these sites and parks are in danger of being closed; or even worse, the entire parks system could completely collapse due to a lack of funding.
With 31 state parks at risk, including the stunning landscapes at Red Rock State Park, the cooling waters at Slide Rock State Park and the magical saguaros at Lost Dutchman State Park, it’s our duty as stewards of our state to help avert this crisis.
A simple phone call.
Five minutes can really make a big difference.
All you have to do is call (toll-free) 1-866-298-1232 or stop by your local AAA office, and mention “State Parks.”
Need even more motivation to make that call?
In 2007, NAU calculated the economic impact of our state parks to Arizona. It found that directly and indirectly, the parks contributed more than $266 million to our economy, which includes 3,347 jobs and more than $22 million in taxes to state and local governments.
AAA Insurance and the Arizona State Parks Foundation are working hard to overcome these threats by advocating for a sustainable State Park system.
What can we say? We love a great cause like this.