4 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Your Favorite Park!

June 1, 2021

PHOENIX —June is Great Outdoors Month, and celebrating is easy with Arizona State Parks and Trails—just pick a park and go!A family enjoys a cabin at Lyman Lake State Park - with a kayak

  1. Hike a Trail: There’s a trail for every skill level, whether you’re just setting out or a seasoned hiker! Lace up those shoes, pack plenty of water, and pick your trail! Red Rock, Buckskin Mountain, and Cattail Cove state parks each have a unique trail system with views for every difficulty level.
  2. Go Camping: Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a park after dark! Cooler hours and distance from city lights lets you appreciate the little things, like the stars overhead and the chirp of locusts in the trees. Try out Roper Lake, Lyman Lake, or Dead Horse Ranch state parks for the perfect warm-weather getaway!
  3. Organize a Cleanup: One of the best ways we can appreciate our natural resources is by taking care of them! Find a local trail cleanup, or organize one—no movement is too small! Take a trash bag and gloves with you on the trail and pick up litter, and always pack out what you pack in!
  4. Plan a Picnic: Don’t overthink it! Enjoying fresh air with people you love is all you need to make new memories in the outdoors. Pack a lunch or grab some local takeout and find a picnic table or grassy area at your nearest park! If you’re in Phoenix, try Dead Horse Ranch, Red Rock, or Tonto Natural Bridge state parks! Tucson-area picnic spots include Oracle, Patagonia Lake, or Kartchner Caverns state parks!

No matter how you want to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, Arizona State Parks and Trails has you covered. Get out on the trail or hit the water, relax in a hammock or watch the wildlife! Find a park and start your adventure!


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