State Park Road Trips

Looking for more ways to explore Arizona this summer? From Lake Havasu to Safford and Flagstaff to Patagonia, you can make your stay-cation a park-cation by hitting the road and seeing everything we have to offer. We’ve planned out road trip itineraries on Arizona’s “west coast,” north-central Arizona, and in the beautiful southern part of the state. All you have to do is pack the car and head out. All roads lead to adventure when you include Arizona State Parks in your road trip!

North-Central Arizona

If you want to stay cool during your summer adventures, take a trip to these five northern Arizona parks! This road trip itinerary explains how use Dead Horse Ranch State Park as home base and then hit the road to visit five exciting nearby parks. On this adventure you will experience the extreme beauty of Northern Arizona and the Sedona, plus be exposed to the rich area history that helped form our interesting state culture. Check out the link below to learn all about this amazing Northern Arizona Experience! 

Northern Arizona Road Trip

Patagonia Lake Road TripSouthern Arizona

Southern Arizona is full of exciting outdoor recreation amid a classically gorgeous Sonoran Desert backdrop. Many of your Arizona State Parks are available for your year-round enjoyment, but there's no better time to hit the road than a summer southern Arizona Road Trip! Come along as we map out two distinct options for travelers looking to step up their Arizona adventure game this year. Each road trip option includes more than one park and is a perfectly scenic and inspirational getaway. See these eight southern Arizona parks for the ultimate road trip experience, and leave armed with summertime memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

Southern Arizona Road Trip

A boat motors down the Colorado River at Buckskin Mountain State Park.Western Arizona

When you're looking for a summertime adventure or making adventure stops on a road trip, Arizona's western border serves up amazing exploration possibilities along the the Colorado River! Four amazing parks are all within an hour of each other right on the river and offer water fun, hiking, and a chance to relax and enjoy the river life. What is river life? Well, it is what you make it...Engage in adrenaline inducing water sports or simply watch your cares roll downstream as they are swept away by this ancient river! It's up to you! However you decide to experience this "must see" section of Arizona, we would love to show you a good time via out clean campgrounds with a view. 

Western Arizona Road Trip

Tombstone Road TripHistoric Arizona

Learn even more about Arizona, and its varied history, by touring the eight historic state parks throughout the state. Each of these parks explores a unique part of Arizona's story, weaving together to create the intricate history we've all grown to know. Take a detour for education - we have great ways to experience rich Arizona history through tours and innovative interpretive signage. The best part is that your history lesson can begin from either Phoenix or Tucson. So hit the road this summer, stay cool, and check out our air-conditioned, well-curated displays throughout this history-rich state! 

Arizona Historic Road Trip

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