Neil Large and Randee Gleason hosts of the Arizona State Parks and Trails podcastLooking for an Arizona-based podcast that focuses on outdoor recreation in this amazingly beautiful and diverse state? Well…You found it! Join us every other week as we bring the outdoors to you in this upbeat and informative podcast! Episodes will include:

  • Outdoor tips and hacks
  • Stories of outdoor adventures
  • Interviews with outdoor experts
  • Birds, wildlife, and how to find them
  • Park news
  • And much, much more! 

You can listen below...Or click the Apple or Google podcast logos. The podcast is also available on Spotify or Stitcher. Be sure to share with your friends! Leave a review and be entered in a once-per-month drawing to win FREE Arizona State Park passes. 

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Season 2 Episode 2

Statewide OHV Coordinator Matt Eberhart

Take a ride through Arizona’s backcountry with statewide OHV Coordinator Matt Eberhart! This is a really fun, upbeat episode that’s packed with information about OHV programsplaces to ride, and of course safety! The OHV community is a tight-knit group that likes sharing their love of the outdoors with new off-road users…And really, it’s easier than you think to join them on the trail! Listen and learn about this exciting division of Arizona State Parks and Trails and how they're helping improve this action-packed pasttime through grant funding and other awesome programs!

Season 2 Episode 1

Arizona's Tribal Monitor Program

Neil and Randee had a chance to sit down with Nanebah Lyndon and LeRoy Shingoitewa to discuss the Tribal Monitor Program and what they’re doing to conserve and protect areas of cultural significance to Arizona’s tribes. Members of this innovative program consider themselves the “eyes and ears” of their communities when surveying and protecting the vast amount of history and culture found in Arizona’s gorgeous outdoor landscape. Please give this powerful episode a listen to understand the plight of tribes as they fight a seemingly uphill battle to safeguard their rich tribal history and diverse culture.

Click HERE for more information about the Tribal Monitor Program, or contact Avi Buckles, managing director, by email at

Episode 12

Birding in Arizona With Vera Walters- Birder Extraordinaire

Arizona's diverse habitats are home to a wide variety of birds for your viewing pleasure! Come along with us as we learn the finer points of birding in this amazing state while talking to a seasoned birding professional. Vera is one of our amazing volunteers at Lost Dutchman State Park and has been leading the super popular bird walks for a number of years. Listen and learn about birding in Arizona right from someone who has put a lifetime of love and effort into this exciting past time. Learn more about Arizona's birds before hitting the trail and download helpful information you can use to help identifying them in the field! 

Episode 11

Elevate Your Park Experience- With special Guest, Dan Roddy!

Neil and Randee are reporting to you from Arizona’s west coast in a lakeside cabin at Lake Havasu State Park! Join the conversation with our special guest, Dan Roddy, manager of this super popular Colorado River country park. We think you’ll like Dan’s positive outlook and dedication to your experience while visiting this park…Plus, Dan shares his insights about a variety of relevant and exciting topics that are sure to elevate your next park visit!

Episode 10

Camping Essentials, Hacks, and Tips

What’s on your camping checklist? In this episode, Neil and Randee take a deep dive into camping essentials, hacks, and other fun ideas to elevate your camping experience! Learn about selecting the right tent, sleeping system, effective cooler use, camp cooking, and much more!

Episode 9

Minisode Series: Recreate Responsibly- Part 3

In this episode, we wrap up our conversation about recreating responsibly outdoors. This three-part minisode covers the basics of recreating responsibly, and how you can pay attention to detail while enjoying Arizona's beautiful places. Check out the entire minisode series to learn how to use a "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" mindset during your next Arizona adventure!

Episode 8

Minisode Series: Recreate Responsibly- Part 2

Neil and Randee continue their conversation about recreating responsibly and share examples of how to do it! Pack it In...Pack it Out, Fire Safety, and tons of other awesome outdoor information can be found here! We all need to do our part to ensure the long-term sustainability of Arizona's beautiful places! We're all accountable for our actions, and if we're not careful, we can negatively impact natural beauty as a group. Listen and learn how you can help Arizona's beautiful places stay that way for the foreseeable future! 

Episode 7

Minisode Series: Recreate Responsibly

Neil and Randee return from their hiatus to share tips and tricks for recreating responsibly! Join in as they delve into principles like Think Ahead and Minimize Your Impact when you're hiking or camping. Don't miss these hacks for minimizing waste, planning ahead, and even why you haven't spotted Bigfoot yet! Get a sneak peek and few extra tips, and don't forget to join our group!


Episode 6

Summer Hiking Safety

We all love a good hike but should always pay close attention to our safety on the trail. Arizona's summertime desert temps can soar over 100 degrees, and most of us just aren't made to hike on that type of heat! This doesn't mean that desert dwellers should abandon their hiking passion all together, but there are a certain set of hiking safety guidelines they should follow to stay safe on the trail! Check out this short episode and then go over to our website to learn more about staying safe on the trails this summer. 

Episode 5

Outdoor Photography Tips

Have you tried to take great outdoor photos and always seem to miss the mark? Are you a "pretty good" photographer and want to step up your photography game? If you answered "YES" to either of these questions, you can't afford to miss this information packed episode! Randee and Neil are joined by Arizona State Parks staff photographer, videographer, (and podcast producer), Carlos Ramirez, and he doesn't hold back the awesome info to help you take more epic shots outside! 

Episode 4

Adventure Writer, Roger Naylor

We recently had a great talk with the one and only Roger Naylor! We love Roger's eloquent and entertaining style, and hopefully you've had a chance to experience it through one of his frequent stories in Arizona Highways Magazine, Sedona Magazine, or, The Arizona Republic! Roger has been publishing books and articles about Arizona for decades and just released his new book Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State...Listen as Roger goes into detail about his Arizona State Park adventures in his patented descriptive style. This man certainly paints a vivid picture with his words, join us on this awesome journey into the world of Roger Naylor! 

Episode 3

Wildlife Viewing Tips

Learn about where and when to experience park wildlife during your next visit. Do you want to take your park experiences to the next level? DYK? Arizona’s state parks are absolutely loaded with amazing wildlife species? Neil shares a lifetime of knowledge about animal behavior and how to get close enough for a great image and unforgettable experience. Randee brings the heat this week with some great comedy and insights to your park experiences.

Episode 2

Lake Havasu State Park

In this episode, Neil and Randee discuss “River Life” and how to enjoy a trip to Arizona’s west coast along the famed Colorado River...Learn about hiking, secluded camp spots, spring break options, and much, much more! Hear about a really cool contest with our friends at Go Lake Havasu  and how to enter…Hint: The winner will score big points with their significant other this Valentine’s Day! We’re super excited to share this awesome contest with you!

Episode 1

Intros and Outdoor Recreation Overview

In our first episode, Neil and Randee introduce themselves and dive right in to an awesome discussion about the physical and mental benefits of spending time in the outdoors. Listeners will enjoy stories from the perspectives of both new and experienced outdoor recreationists, and hear great suggestions about personalizing their Arizona State Parks experience.


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23751 N. 23rd Ave. #190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

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Mission Statement
"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners."