Five Great Winter Adventures in the Parks

November 29, 2022

PHOENIX — Winter is here, but instead of hibernating, take this time to explore the great state parks in Arizona where adventure is always in season. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the season and the amazing winter weather in your state parks. Check out these five great ideas, then plan your trip!

  1. Hike at Catalina State Park: This Tucson-are park is perfectly in season during the cooler winter months, and it offers eight trails varying in length and difficulty. Some hikes are even available for equestrian use. Plus, Catalina State Park’s diverse and stunning Sonoran Desert plant and wildlife will leave you breathless.
  2. Bone up on your history: Eight historic parks around the state offer insights and information about Arizona’s diverse and multi-faceted history. From a historic mining town in Jerome to logging and lumber in Flagstaff or the wild west at Tombstone Courthouse and the history of the Colorado River, these parks will showcase it all.
  3. Kartchner Caverns State Park: At a balmy 70 degrees, you can explore both caverns at this world-renowned park. Take the whole family for an underground exploration, with amazing formations, history, and a surprising origin story. The hills that above the incredible caverns offer a maze of trails aboveground in low desert winter weather!
  4. Stay in a cozy camping cabin: Eight parks around the state offer camping cabins with heating (and cooling), plus amazing views based on where you choose. Try Alamo Lake for great winter fishing, or check out the sunset over the water at Patagonia Lake. If you want to brave real winter weather, head up to Lyman Lake State Park in St. Johns, or stay at the base of the Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park.
  5. Check out the holiday events and activities: Get into the holiday spirit by visiting some of these parks that have events, decorations or activities for the family to enjoy. Make an old fashioned ornament for your tree at Fort Verde State Historic Park, or catch the Boat Parade of Lights from Lake Havasu.

While other states shutter for winter, Arizona’s outdoor recreation opportunities don’t stop. Get away for a day or a weekend and take a break from holiday stress by enjoying the beautiful state parks.

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