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State Park Guide | Arizona

Guide to Arizona State Parks


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Top Arizona State Parks

Alamo Lake State Park

Located in the Bill Williams River Valley, this park offers a fantastic, secluded Arizona desert experience. Visitors can enjoy both the beauty of the desert as well as some wonderful water recreation fun. Alamo Lake is a great spot for fishing, and often hosts fishing tournaments. In addition visitors can enjoy hiking, seeing the earthen Alamo Dam, watching for golden eagles, wild burros and much more.

Catalina State Park

This beautiful Arizona state park is filled with wonderful things to see and do. Visitors can enjoy views of the almost 5,000 saguaro cactus in the park. Catalina State Park also offers many trails great for recreation. These trails are great for bird watching, hiking, biking and especially equestrian. There is even a nearby equestrian concessionaire, which offers horse rides into the park. Visitors will find that this park is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and within the Coronado National Forest, making it a wonderful destination for all sorts of recreation.

Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park, located along Lake Havasu, is an amazing destination for recreation and fun. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and more on the 45-mile long Lake Havasu. In addition visitors can enjoy hiking throughout the park. This region is filled with interesting rocks, including geodes, obsidian and more.

Homolovi State Park

This Northern Arizona state park, protects sites of the Anasazi culture. These sites are places where these cultures stopped during their migration to the mesas, where the Hopi people lived. Visitors to this park can learn about these cultures, and the history of Homolovi. The park includes a visitor center, museum and trails that people can enjoy, learning about the natural features of the park as wells its history.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns are an amazing Arizona destination. Visitors can see the stunning “living” cave while enjoy a tour. The tour introduces visitors to the different formations that continue to grow throughout the caverns. In addition visitors can also enjoy learning about the caverns at the museum exhibits, theater and education information found in the Discovery Center.

Lake Havasu State Park

This park is a wonderful destination to enjoy relaxation, water recreation and beaches in Arizona. Throughout this park there are beaches and boat ramps allowing access to the lake. In addition the park is also a nice spot to enjoy hiking, especially along the Mohave Sunset Trail which travels through the lowland desert as well as along the shoreline of the lake. Visitors can also enjoy exploring the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden, which is home to the plants and animal life common to the region.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Close to Phoenix, this park is named after a fabled lost gold mine. Visitors will find that this park is a fantastic destination to enjoy hiking in the Sonoran Desert. Hikers in this park can also enjoy trails that travel beyond the park into the Superstition Wilderness and the Tonto National Forest. These trails offer a steep and challenging recreation opportunity, as well as offering views of the region’s wildlife, including mule deer, jackrabbits and more.

Patagonia Lake State Park

Located in southeastern Arizona, Patagonia Lake State Park offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the wildlife of Arizona. The park is home to whitetail deer, great blue herons, hummingbirds and more. Patagonia Lake is also a good sport for anglers, with stocks of crappie, bluegill and other species of fish. This park also has opportunities for hiking, water recreation and more. During the fall visitors can also sign up for Pontoon Boat Tours of the lake, which offer visitors opportunities to learn about the park’s bird species, geological formations and even Twilight Tours.

Red Rock State Park

This Sedona area park is a great destination for visitors to enjoy hiking through this beautiful region of Arizona. The park’s trail travel through beautiful red rock formations, as well as along the banks of Oak Creek. Visitors can enjoy plenty of recreation, as well as sign up for some wonderful special programs, which include ranger guided activities and nature walks, bird walks, moonlight hikes and much more.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge is possibly the larges natural travertine bridge in the world, Visitors to this park can learn about how the bridge has been formed over thousands of years. This natural bridge is 183 feet high, with a 400-foot long tunnel. Visitors can enjoy views from both the top of the bridge and from the observation deck below.

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