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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.

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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Dr. Sky: Moon and Meteors at Lost Dutchman State Park

Whether you are camping at Lost Dutchman State Park or visiting for the day, if you enjoy astronomy, attend an event when Dr. Sky aka Steve Kates is presenting. Steve Kates is a National Radio/TV Personality “Dr.Sky” and Radio Talk Show Host out of Phoenix, AZ. He is educational and very funny. I was laughing throughout the night. Dr. Sky was already engaging a large crowd that was there eagerly listening. They were literally on the edges of their seats. We looked around and noticed that all the picnic tables’ benches were full. 

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.


Kayaking on the Verde RiverKayakers on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

I will never forget my first kayaking trip at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. A friend and I went kayaking on the Verde River. I am not a kayaking expert and wasn't even sure I would be able to do it. We hit almost every bush or branch by the edge of the river that we could possibly hit, and even ended up backwards a few times. We had such a good time, saw wildlife, listened to the river, laughed and fell in love with the surroundings.


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