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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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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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."