5 Back-to-School Day Trips to Take this Weekend

September 7, 2021

PHOENIX — School is back in session, and as we head into the end of the year, life can feel busier than ever! Take a day away from it all and head out to a nearby state park to get some fresh air and discover something new!

  1. Cattail Cove State Park: Arizona’s “west coast” escape combines the magic of the mountains with the cool white sand beach, so you never have to pick! Swim off some energy in the water, or on a hike along the shore! Cattail Cove is a great spot to let your worries float downstream.
  2. 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!
  3. Kartchner Caverns State Park: Learn about this underground ecosystem with a cave tour! The hills that contain the incredible caverns also offer a maze of trails aboveground, winding into the secluded Whetstone Mountain range!
  4. Dead Horse Ranch State Park: If you’re looking for a quick getaway, head north to Cottonwood and hang by the lagoons, or take a stroll along the Verde River! Kick your adventure up a notch and rent kayaks in town to explore further on the water!
  5. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park: In the heart of Flagstaff, the Riordan family’s historic property has reopened for tours! The Arts and Crafts-style home features historic artifacts and original Stickley furniture. Explore the walking paths through the nearby trees, and take a guided tour to learn all about Flagstaff’s history and the Riordan brothers’ lumber business!

Don’t underestimate the power of a little rest and relaxation in the outdoors, and the benefits of plenty of fresh air and quality time! Visit AZStateParks.com for more travel inspiration!

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