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 or Monica Enriquez at (602) 542-6997. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, Arizona - May 21, 2014) - The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for Memorial Day 2014 campers. If you have not already reserved your campsite, some campsites are already full. Some State Parks such as Lyman Lake near Springerville and Alamo Lake near Wenden will have campgrounds that may not fill to capacity. Day use and historic parks have plenty of room for daytrippers and Kartchner Caverns State Park always has 100 walk-up tickets each day and good camping opportunities (book cave tours in advance by phone or the website, if possible.)
Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular weekends to travel in Arizona, but campers are encouraged to use only propane stoves and heaters this summer while they are camping to prevent wildfires from escaped campfires. Remember in Arizona, especially during drought, fire can burn slow along dry roots and duff and come from underground in the forest far from a campsite. Currently, most Arizona State Parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions but due to the current wildfires those can change quickly. The public should call ahead to the park you intend to visit for the latest information.
Slide Rock State Park is temporarily closed due to the Slide Fire but has not been damaged by the fire. It is not expected to re-open until after the Memorial Day weekend and after threat of the wildfire has passed. The Park is also being used as an incident command area for the Slide Fire.
For more information about restrictions on other public lands, visit firerestrictions.us/az/ 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 while camping please follow these precautionary tips:
Bring a propane stove for cooking/heating rather than using a campfire.
Only smoke in vehicles or designed campsite and not while hiking.
For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.