Heading Back to School? Let Arizona State Parks Be Your Guide!

August 1, 2023

PHOENIX – School is starting up again, and Arizona State Parks and Trails can be your history tutor with visits to our amazing historic parks! Check out the museums, exhibits, and petroglyphs, then enjoy some fresh air before hitting the classroom.

Start in Southern Arizona to learn about the Old West town of Tombstone and how it got its reputation as the “town too tough to die.” Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park has meticulously curated displays about the history of the town, the cases that took place in its courtroom, and its infamous residents, along with displays of what life was like in the 1800s. Check out how many types of barbed wire there really are!

Stick around and pay a visit to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park next. This is not only Arizona’s first state park, but also a museum full of artifacts from archaeological times through the Spanish contact and colonization, Mexican occupation, and the westward and territorial expansion periods. Visit several different buildings on the grounds to learn more about a territorial schoolhouse, the printing press for Arizona’s first newspaper and Spanish colonial life. Plus, explore the beautiful gardens on site.

Head north to Jerome State Historic Park to learn about mining history in the state. The Douglas Mansion, preserved with museum displays, showcases the life of miners and townspeople during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The park offers fun programs for kids and adults alike, plus stunning views of the Verde Valley.

Find the coolest summertime weather and an amazing home when you visit Flagstaff. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is a unique attraction that houses two separate families, with a connecting common area. The Riordans contributed to the growth and expansion of the Flagstaff community and built this stunning mansion in the center of town. The home displays beautiful Arts & Crafts style architecture and furniture, and the grounds are a perfect spot for a picnic.

No matter which park you visit, indoors or out, you will experience the diversity and beauty of Arizona. Take some time on a weekend, or get a longer road trip in before school begins, and start your next adventure.


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For information about the more than 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Thompson at (480) 589-8877- Email: pio@azstateparks.gov