5 Great End of Summer Day Trips
September 1, 2022
PHOENIX — Summer is almost over, and that means it’s a great time to get in those last few weekends of fun before the cool weather hits. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert won’t be cooling off for several more weeks, but this is a great chance to explore higher elevations and prep for fall!
- Red Rock State Park: This stunning nature preserve and center for environmental education is a great day-trip getaway in September. The park offers five miles of trails, all with the breathtaking Sedona views you expect. Wildlife, birds, and plant life will showcase the area’s diversity.
- Oracle State Park: Just north of Tucson, you can hike miles of trails, including a portion of the Arizona Scenic Trail, with plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing! The diverse ecosystem at Oracle State Park provides a habitat for various wildlife, like whitetail deer, javelina, and seasonal birds.
- Kartchner Caverns State Park: Take the whole family for an underground exploration of the fantastic cave system, with amazing formations, history, and a surprising origin story. The hills that contain the incredible caverns also offer a maze of trails aboveground, and you can grab lunch at the Bat Cave Cafe!
- Riordan Mansion State Historic Park: Head for Flagstaff and check out this double-sized mansion built for two families. The Arts and Crafts-style home features historic artifacts and original Stickley furniture. Take a guided tour to learn all about Flagstaff’s history and the Riordan brothers’ lumber business. Tours are now available for pre-booking online.
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: Hit the trails to see the world’s largest natural travertine bridge – a unique experience in the state. You won’t believe what comes into focus as you descend the trail. This park has plenty of picnic space, a local herd of javelina, and four great trails to get you to Pine Creek, and it’s just a short drive north of Phoenix.
Spend some time exploring the state before summer comes to a close, and learn more about Arizona’s amazing diversity and beauty. There are always more adventures ready and waiting in Arizona’s state parks.
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