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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

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