ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, AZ -June 7, 2011) - The Arizona State Parks staff are reporting updates regarding days and hours for the parks, fire restrictions and closures that will affect campers and day-users to the parks. It is important for everyone to know that many of the camping parks are now taking reservations online so you can reserve your campsite in advance of your vacation.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park are both going to being open seven days a week for the summer starting June 28, 2011 and through Labor Day.
Unfortunately Catalina State Park will be closed as of June 9, 2011 because it is part of the surrounding Coronado National Forest and in danger due to potential wildfires. Picacho Peak State Park is closed due to the hot summer weather and staff there will assist the other busy parks.
The three Colorado River State Parks are still great opportunities to spend your entire vacation camping, swimming and boating as well as Alamo Lake State Park that has many campsites. The Cholla boat launch at Alamo Lake will be closed through October for repairs. Remember on the river the air temperatures range around 100 degrees & the water is 80 degrees, making water sports wildly popular in the summer.
Yuma Territorial Prison State Park is open Thursdays-Mondays 9-5 PM and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Park is closed Mondays starting June 1 through September 30. The Yuma Territorial Prison State Park will be closed for renovations August 6-21, 2011.
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation area in Show Low will be busy on weekends, but during the week the campsites are usually available. Lyman Lake near Springerville will be open June 17-Oct. 17 where there are cabins, yurts, a swimming beach and hot showers. Park staff are hoping that by June 17 there will be reduced smoke invading the park so the summer will be enjoyable for campers (watch the webpage for Lyman Lake updates.) Daytrippers can head out to day-use and historic parks or environmental parks such as Kartchner Caverns State Park, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, and Patagonia Lake in southern Arizona.
No matter where you camp, 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.
Northern Arizona State Parks Campgrounds
Southern Arizona State Parks Campgrounds
Western Arizona State Parks Campgrounds
For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703 or visit the website at AZStateParks.com to make campground and cave reservations. Join us at Twitter and Facebook at AZStateParks.