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Arizona Parks

Discover site offerings and information on any publicly accessible land with the Arizona Experience online map!Red Rocks State Park near Sedona offers education, birdwatching, horseback riding and a spectacular network of trails for any level of hiker.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. However, all 29 Arizona State Parks and 47 national parks, monuments and refuges showcase aspects of Arizona history, culture, and breathtaking terrain.

Arizona State Parks was established in 1957, in part to preserve some of the important sites that are uniquely Arizona.

Spring explodes in color at Organ Pipe National Monument.

Discover Treasures

Do you like hiking in winter? The trails at Saguaro National Monument, Lost Dutchman State Park and others wind through forests of saguaro, prickly pear, and native scrub and are beautiful in any season.

Or are you more of a birdwatcher? See seasonal migrations and native birds at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area and many other wetland parks. If you enjoy learning about medicinal native plants, attend a lecture at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. If spelunking is your thing, experience the living cave at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Modern treasure seekers can geocache at Cattail Cove’s annual event. No matter what your passion, Arizona’s parks offer something for everyone.

A network of parks, museums, and agencies offer resources for individual forays or group activities. Arizona offers surprising recreation opportunities in cities and counties, like those from Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation. Those looking to further their Arizona Adventures can check out sites managed by Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Arizona Fish and Game Department, as well as museums and cultural sites, with the Arizona's Recreation & Cultural Sites Map.

Relive History

Watch a park sponsored reenactment of the furthest west Civil War battle ever fought, right here at Picacho Peak.

Historic parks preserve important aspects of the state’s history and help tell the story of Arizona. These parks preserve elements of the many cultures that shaped the state. Some parks take you to mesa-top pueblos of the Hopi Indians, the longest-inhabited communities in America. Pueblos of ancient Indian societies, like Montezuma Castle National Monument from the Anasazi, and relics of Hohokam tribes remain as living monuments to their civilizations and a reminder to their descendants who still call the state home.

These 15,000 year-old cultures existed first as hunter-gatherers, then as innovative planters who began to tame this arid and unforgiving landscape around 2000 B.C.E. The Hohokam people, whose canals along the Salt and Gila rivers show highly sophisticated engineering, can be visited at Pueblo Grande in Phoenix Mesa Grande in Mesa, and Casa Grande in Coolidge. Remnants of these civilizations grace Arizona with an invaluable piece of global human history.

Arizona’s last few centuries of exploration are another piece of the cultural puzzle visible on park land. Tumacácori National Historical Park and the Tubac Presidio established by Spanish explorers in the 1700s paved the way for today’s towns and cities. Sites of mining camps, lumber operations, and violent clashes are more recent human histories preserved by Arizona’s parks.

Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities
Pima County is developing a 110-mile multi-use trail connecting Metro Tucson to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson. 
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Save the State Parks

As the country watches its budget, funding for important programs running low. Like every state, Arizona is feeling the crunch. Many beloved state parks are facing temporary closures to save state funds. Closing parks not only denies access to beautiful public lands, it takes away a source of revenue to the surrounding communities. Non-profit groups and volunteer resources are springing up in grassroots efforts to keep parks open.

In an effort to weather the storm, iconic publication Arizona Highways is teaming up with their park colleagues to help ensure that Arizona, through the pages of Arizona Highways magazine and the state’s 30 parks, remains open and accessible to residents and visitors alike. For every $24 subscription to Arizona Highways, the magazine will donate $5 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation! It’s easy, and it will make a difference. Be sure to use the special park promotion code to decide which park you want the $5 to go to! Check it out.

Arizona Parks

  • Dead Horse Ranch
  • Lower Cliff Dwelling
  • Petroglyphs at Petrified Forest National Park.
  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Upper Cliff Dwelling
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Alamo Lake State Park
  • Coronado National Memorial
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Patagonia Lake State Park
  • Desert Turtoise in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
  • Catalina
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
  • Flora at the Coronado National Memorial
  • View looking north down Windy Ridge in Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Organ Pipe Cactus Flower
  • A view down the Colorado River from Nankoweap in Marble Canyon, part of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • McFarland State Historic Park
  • Cattail Cove
  • Fort Verde Historic Park
  • Oracle State Park
  • Along Joe's Canyon Trail in Coronado National Memorial
  • Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
  • The confluence of Havasu Creek with the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon National Park.
  • McFarland State Historic Park
  • Winter in Petrified Forest National Park.
  • Buckskin Mountain
  • Picacho Peak State Park
  • Ducks on Lake Havasu
  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
  • Oracle State Park
  • Winsor Castle
  • Sunset at Alamo Canyon
  • Homolovi Ruins
  • Petrified Log Stack
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
  • San Rafael Ranch State Natural Area
  • Cattail Cove
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Roper Lake State Park
  • Saguaro Cactus Flower
  • Lake Havasu State Park
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park Mather Point and Visitor Center
  • Jerome
  • Fort Verde Historic Park
  • Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
  • Lake Havasu State Park
  • Faraway Ranch Main House, Chiricahua National Park
  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
  • Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Brown Canyon within the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Lyman Lake State Park
  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Fort Verde Historic Park
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • Lake Mead
  • Dead Horse Ranch
  • Arizona Wine Festival
  • Casa Grande National Monument
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Winter wonderland in the Chiricahua National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon Brochure
  • Sunset Crater
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Fool Hollow Lake
  • Lake Havasu State Park
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Montezuma Well
  • Horse at Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Tuzigoot Renovations
  • Lake Mead Brochure
  • Homolovi Ruins
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Casa Grande National Monument
  • Mellis
  • Tuzigoot
  • A burrowing owl in Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Visitor's Entrance
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • Alamo Lake State Park
  • Kartchner Caverns camping
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Sunset at Saguaro National Park
  • Cholla
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • River Island State Park
  • Walnut Canyon
  • Fool Hollow Lake
  • Patagonia Lake State Park
  • A Sora Rail in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tubac Presidio State Park
  • Keet Seel
  • Tubac Presidio State Park
  • Lupine and Phacelia
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Jerome
  • Buckskin Mountain
  • Homolovi Ruins
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • Slide Rock
  • Pelicans
  • Betatakin Canyon
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • View of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tumacácori National Historic Park
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alamo Lake State Park
  • Lyman Lake State Park
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Picacho Peak State Park
  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Sunset on Saguaro National Park
  • Vista
  • Tuzigoot
  • Picacho Peak State Park
  • Jerome State Park
  • Fool Hollow Lake
  • Organ Pipe Cactus and Ajo Mountains
  • Poppies and Organ Pipe Cactus
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
  • Tumacácori National Historic Park
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Riparian Area