No Vacation Plans Yet? Hit Up a State Park…

Haven’t had a chance to plan your summer vacation yet? Not sure where to go or worried about hotel costs? Well, why not hit up one of our many State Parks? There’s no better time than now to take advantage of the many amazing destinations located right here in Arizona. Plus, there’s something for the entire family — camping, lectures, walks, reenactments, hiking and lots more…

An annual pass for day-use is $75 or $200 for the premium river pass and 4 people can go to the State Parks every day of the year!

So what’s in your area?

In southern Arizona, the best good news is that Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson, has re-opened after the recent rains. Campfire restrictions will still be in place, however throughout the Forests and in all of the State Parks. Daytrippers can head out to day-use and historic parks or environmental parks such as: Kartchner Caverns State Park; Yuma Quartermaster Depot and Territorial Prison State Parks; Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park; and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

Please note: Picacho Peak State Park is closed due to the hot summer weather.

In Northern Arizona, a nice one-day turnaround vacation in the Sedona Verde Valley is: Fort Verde, Jerome, Red Rock, and Slide Rock State Parks. Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area in Show Low is a cool mountain retreat with top fishing areas and Lyman Lake near Springerville will be open through Oct. 17. Cabins, yurts, swimming beaches, and water skiing are favorite activities in this northern park. Near Payson, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is now open seven days a week and Riordan Mansion, in Flagstaff, is open seven days a week through Labor Day as well.

Head West a couple of hours from Phoenix and you’ll reach the three Colorado River State Parks for camping, swimming, boating, and fishing. Alamo Lake near Wenden is a nice, quiet bass fishing lake, but mostly used by water skiiers in the summer. Water play is great along the river with air temperatures ranging around 100 degrees and the water a nice cool 80 degrees, making this area wildly popular all summer long.

Thinking about camping? Keep in mind that wherever you go, there will be campfire restrictions due to the extreme drought and fire danger. Remember if you cause a fire under fire restrictions it may result in substantial fines and jail time. To keep your family and public lands safe it is best to use a propane stove and only smoke in vehicles.

For camping reservations or additional info about our parks, visit or call (520) 586-2283

NO campfires or charcoal.

Northern Arizona State Parks

Dead Horse Ranch State Park – (928) 634-5283 – Cottonwood – 150 campsites – fishing, boating (non-motorized),

hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, guided trail rides.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area – (928) 537-3680-92 hookup sites, 31 campsites, fishing-swimming.

Camp cook stoves, no smoking on trails

Lyman Lake State Park – (928) 337-4441 – 61 campsites & 4 yurts / 4 cabins, fishing, waterskiing.

Camp cook stoves, no smoking on trails.

Homolovi State Park – (928) 289-4106 – 53 campsites, Ancestral Hopi villages, podcast tours, hiking.

Camp cook stoves, smoking in vehicles only, no smoking on trails.

Southern Arizona State Parks

Catalina State Park (520) 628-5798 – RE-OPENED July 8 and taking reservations online for 40 campsites

horse trails and corrals, dayuse hiking. Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Kartchner Caverns State Park (520) 586-2283 – 60 campsites – cave tours (call or

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Lost Dutchman State Park (480) 982-4485 – 70 campsites, hiking into Superstitions.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Patagonia Lake State Park (520) 287-6965 – 75 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Picacho Peak State Park (Closed – May 18 – September 14, 2011) due to high temperatures.

Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760 – 71 campsites – hot tub, fishing.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails. (Call the park for reservations)

Western Arizona State Parks

Alamo Lake State Park (928) 669-2088 – 250 campsites, excellent bass fishing, waterskiing, swimming.

Cook stoves only, no smoking on trails. (Call for reservations)

Buckskin Mountain State Park & River Island (928) 667-3231 – 126 campsites, water sports, cabanas, beach.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Cattail Cove State Park (928) 855-1223 – 61 campsites. launch ramp, dog beach.

Camp cook Stoves only, no smoking on trails.

Lake Havasu State Park (928) 855-2784 – 47 campsites – boat launches, great park areas and swimming beach.

Camp cook stoves only, no smoking on trails.

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