National Association of State Park Directors

2018 Conference

September 4–8, 2018



Spouse/Guest Tours Added!

We've created two unique itineraries that highlight Sedona and the nearby Town of Jerome. Enjoy beautiful sights, shopping, food, and Arizona adventures. To register, please contact Christie Sorrels at (317) 233-6258 or email: [email protected].


Second Hotel Added!

Due to popular demand, we've added an overflow option for additional attendees. Located 0.5 miles (10-min. walk) from the host hotel. Mention NASPD Conference when making your reservation.

Desert Quail Inn

6626 AZ-179 Sedona, AZ 86351

(928) 284-1433

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Arizona State Parks & Trails is proud to host the 2018 National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) conference in spectacular Sedona, Arizona. This event will showcase our state's diversity and wide-range of experiences, while providing networking opportunities for state park and federal agency leaders and our valued exhibitors and sponsors who support the recreation industry.

Our theme is “Be Better,” a phrase taken from the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who lost their lives battling the country's deadliest fire in 80 years. As interest in outdoor recreation rises, more people are seeking unique experiences, and our conference will celebrate this growth while providing innovative, dynamic opportunities to connect and learn. Together, we will develop creative solutions and launch new ideas for the high demand we face on operational and natural resources.

This year, plan to attend the conference with members of your team who can benefit from this atmosphere and collaborate with peers and vendors to better our parks and recreation agencies. We can “Be Better” if we work together.

For questions or more information, please contact [email protected].


September 4 - 8, 2018

Tuesday to Saturday

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Getting Here & Staying Here

You can fly into Phoenix through Sky Harbor International Airport - voted America's Friendliest Airport.

The official conference hotel is the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona. Located at 90 Ridge Trail Drive Sedona, Arizona 86351, we have rooms blocked for Monday through Thursday, with a rate of $153 (plus tax.)

Cut-off Date:

Reservations must be received on or before 08/1/2018. Reservations can be made via the Hilton Sedona Resort website or by contacting Beverly Bell via email or phone at 928.248.6922

Friday Management Experience Hotel

This year's conference experience ends at the Tempe Courtyard Marriott, located at 601 S Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281. Book reservations online, or call 800.321.2211 and ask for the "Arizona State Parks & Trails room block" for our $124 (plus tax) rate.

Friday Management Experience

Don't miss the NEW 2018 Management Experience! You'll work hands-on with park management and staff on "in-progress" development projects at two recreation parks. Utilizing your experience as a park leader, you'll add your input to the renovation of an established park and the creation of Arizona's newest destination along the pristine Verde River. Transportation to your Tempe hotel and the airport are included on this day-trip.

Food and Beverage

Arizona has a distinct culinary standing, and is known for merging the many unique flavors local to the American Southwest. We'll be offering menus of area-based beverages and food that is Arizona through-and-through.

Local Area Information

While you're here, we'll offer you the chance to see some of the local and statewide attractions that made Arizona a destination for more than 43 million visitors in 2016. The conference's Sedona location highlights a well-known feature of the state: the red rocks and gorgeous vistas of the north-central region.

Shopping, dining, excursions, and experiences abound in Sedona and the nearby cities of Jerome, Prescott, Payson, and Cottonwood. Plus, eight of our amazing state parks are just a short drive away. For more information on Sedona, go to VisitSedona.

To get a feel of what adventure Arizona has to offer, see the VisitArizona website.

Coming early? Plan a day-trip to the Grand Canyon, only 2 hours north of our Sedona Hotel. Visit the Grand Canyon National Park website.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We will be presenting chances to partner with Arizona State Parks and Trails for this special conference, and to reach state parks directors, decision-makers, and staff from all 50 states.

Conference Agenda | W-9

To secure your exhibit booth or to become a sponsor, please contact Meg Bakke at 602.542.7121 or by email.

All exhibit/sponsor and registration payments by check must be submitted to:

NASPD 2018
PO Box 91567
Raleigh, NC 27675

Opportunities for sponsors include:

  • Conference program
  • Food/beverage
  • Transportation
  • Marketing materials
  • Welcome bag
  • Contact us for more!