State Park Road Trips

Looking for more ways to explore Arizona? From Lake Havasu to Safford and Flagstaff to Patagonia, there are parks with plenty to see and do just down the road. 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 the hot summer, take a trip to northern Arizona, where you can set your pack down at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and then hit the road to visit five nearby parks. Check out all the options you have when visiting the parks!

Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona is full of exciting outdoor recreation amid a classically gorgeous Sonoran Desert backdrop. Many of your Arizona State Parks are here for your year-round enjoyment, and it’s easy to go from park to park on a 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 memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

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

Western Arizona

When you're looking for a weekend adventure, or making adventure stops on a road trip, the Colorado River at the California-Arizona border is a great place to detour! Four amazing parks are all within an hour of each other right on the River! Take a quick turn and explore all the sights to see along the River, from camping to boating to hiking and more. 


Historic Arizona

Learn more about Arizona 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 an intricate history. We have great ways to experience these parks, starting from Phoenix or Tucson, so take an educational detour!

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"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners."