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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