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With more than 30 parks, 1,500 campsites, 50 cabins, 12 river and lake parks and 125 miles of hiking trails, we have tons of opportunities to create your story, and help you share it! Check out some of the memories, adventures, and fun that people are having in the parks.

Family Campout Program at Lost Dutchman State ParkCampground at Lost Dutchman State Park

I wanted to take a minute to share with you my thoughts about the AZ State Park Family Camp Out we attended this past weekend at Lost Dutchman. This trip far exceeded my expectations.  And my expectations were high. We can't wait to do it again -- even me, the grumpy camping mom.
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Visiting Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Gallows at TombstoneWhat should you expect on a visit to the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park? You will witness amazing collections of articles and artifacts that come from the wild west mining town that is kept alive by the residents and visitors from around the world. This town was founded in 1879 by scout and prospector Edward Schieffelin. The courthouse has a featured spot for Mr. Schieffelin’s story.

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A man and child fish at the edge of Lyman Lake State ParkLyman Lake Getaway

If you are looking for a camping getaway that has a lake for fishing, boating, petroglyphs, hiking and more, Lyman Lake is for you! With no restrictions on boat size, Lyman Lake has cabins, RV hook up areas and campsites for all types of campers. There are  great views. The drive to the park will take you through some rural areas of Arizona that are very pretty, but make sure you fill up on gas! We loved how the scenery changed as we headed out of our usual area.

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Loving Bats in the Time of COVID-19

Adorable bat held in a gloved handHere at Kartchner Caverns, the rangers and volunteers have a special appreciation for bats and therefore special reasons to amplify our bats’ reputations. These caves have been providing a safe roost for maternity colonies of Myotis velifer (common cave bats) for about 45,000 years. Long before the caves were discovered in 1974, mama bats have been finding their way into the Big Room of the caverns and successfully delivering their pups there. Life at Kartchner was perfect – from the soft red sunrises to the brilliant sparkle of the desert sunsets, every day was satisfying and interesting. And then….

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Hiking the Flatiron at Lost Dutchman State ParkThe view from the top of the Flatiron trail in Lost Dutchman State Park

When I asked the cashier at REI what his favorite day-hike in the Phoenix area was, he thought for a minute before answering, “Oh! The Flatiron’s pretty good.” That should have been a clue. From Lost Dutchman State Park, there’s easy access to the Siphon Draw Trail that leads to the Flatiron through the nearby Superstition Mountains, making it a popular starting point for visitors.

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