Tag Archives: state parks

Celebrate Catalina State Park’s 30th Anniversary

Rainshadow Images by Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid | Catalina State Park

Rainshadow Images by Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid | Catalina State Park

This Saturday, Catalina State Park in Tucson will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a fun-filled day of hiking, activities, animal displays, food and more.

Though the official ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., there will be guided hikes starting at 7 a.m., and beginning at 9 a.m., there will be interpretive programs, live animal displays, informational booths from partners and friends, activities for children, food trucks, vendor booths and a raffle. There will also be a “star night” party, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., where visitors can explore the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes.

Here’s more information about Catalina State Park and the role it plays in the lives of Arizonans:

  • The park attracts between 170,000 and 200,000 visitors each year from all over the world.
  • The Park plays an important role in the communities of northern Tucson, Oro Valley and Catalina.
  • Many people who live and work in these areas visit it regularly with their families to hike, camp, picnic, ride bikes and horses and walk their dogs.
  • Many local groups and associations — such as the Tucson Audubon Society, local schools such as Basis Schools, Citizens for Solar, and the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection — organize events at Catalina State Park.
  • Catalina State Park has a significant economic impact on Pima County. People who visit and camp at the park patronize many local businesses and visit other sites in the area. A 2009 report by Northern Arizona University estimated that the park created 262 jobs in Pima County.

Catalina State Park’s regular entrance fee of $7 per vehicle will be waived for this event. Primitive to full-hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $25, depending on the type of camping site needed. Catalina State Park is located on State Route 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just 9 miles north of Tucson and 6 miles north of Ina Road.

1 Comment

Filed under Things to Do

Save a State Park…

Visit any state parks this summer?

We have several wonderful state parks and natural and historic areas in Arizona that are totally worth a visit… unfortunately, many of these sites are in danger of being closed for good.

Did you know threats to Arizona’s 31 state parks are greater today than at any other time in the park system’s 54 year history?

But there is something you can do to help preserve these areas…

AAA Arizona will donate $10 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation for each new auto, home or life insurance quote requested through the rest of the month.

That’s it.

A simple phone call.

A few 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?

1 Comment

Filed under Eco Issues, Et Cetera, Make a Difference

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 AZStateParks.com 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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Eco Issues, Getaways, Hiking, Mother Nature, Things to Do

So Many State Parks, So Little Time…

We get it. You’re busy. But did you know Arizona’s State Parks and natural areas are in danger of being shut down — permanently? We’re talking Roper Lake State Park, Slide Rock State Park, Red Rock State Park, Patagonia Lake State Park, Tombstone Courthouse State Park… you know, places that make for amazing vacation destinations!

Arizona’s State Parks, open spaces and historic sites offer a glimpse into the state’s rich cultural heritage and preserve the spectacular geographic landscape, but threats to these protected areas are greater today than at any other time in the park system’s 54 year history.

There is something you can do to help. For each new auto, home, or life insurance quote requested TODAY, AAA Arizona will donate $10 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation, an organization working to create a sustainable State Park system.

Request your no-obligation quote today.

  • Get an Auto Insurance quote
  • Get a Home Insurance quote

Call toll-free 1-866-298-1232 or stop by your local AAA office, and mention State Parks.

2 Comments

Filed under Eco Issues, Make a Difference

Help Support Arizona’s State Parks…

Dead Horse Ranch by Derek Von Briesen

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.

Now, AAA Arizona will donate $10 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation for each new auto, home or life insurance quote requested through the rest of the month.

That’s it.

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Eco Issues, Make a Difference, Mother Nature

A ‘Suite’ Deal for State Parks

Kokopelli Suites is working with Arizona Highways to save our State Parks.

Now through the end of May, Sedona’s Kokopelli Suites will donate $1 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation for every new “like” they receive on Facebook.

And, if you make a reservation at Kokopelli Suites using promo code “AZH,” the hotel will donate $5 to the Foundation — that deal runs through the end of the year. What’s in it for you? In addition to receiving a gorgeous place to stay during your Sedona getaway, you’ll receive a free 1-year subscription to Arizona Highways.

Visit Kokopelli Suites on Facebook and online today, and help us save our State Parks.

Leave a comment

Filed under Getaways