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The End Of Summer Activities?

No, In Arizona, The Fun Has Just Begun


October 1, 2015

For many, Labor Day signaled the end of summer, but at Arizona State Parks, it's just the beginning of your family adventures. Get away from the hectic fall schedule and travel to some parks and nearby communities. Create moments to share while exploring the beautiful State of Arizona.

Here are the top picks of some parks and nearby communities, events and fun things to do on a weekend.

• Lyman Lake State Park (St. Johns) - Stay in a rustic camping cabin by the lake and enjoy activities including water-skiing, fishing, swimming or boating. Nearby attractions include Apache County Historical Society Museum, Casa Malpais National Historic Park Landmark and Petrified Forest National Park.

• Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Payson) - The Park is surrounded by a forest of pine trees and visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to appreciate the geologic wonder. With average temperatures in the 80s and beautiful views at every turn, the city of Payson is a "must-see" destination.

• Kartchner Caverns State Park (Benson) - Visit this "live" cave that is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations and bring your RV to stay in the adjacent campground. Surrounding attractions in Tombstone, Sierra Vista, Bisbee as well as Benson.

• Alamo Lake State Park (Wenden) - Go fishing for Bass in this premier stocked location away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain speckled with brush, wildflowers and cacti, a great treat for nature lovers.

• Slide Rock State Park (Sedona) - Come and splash and slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The nearby Sedona area has many amenities including restaurants, hotels, campgrounds in the nearby Coconino National Forest or spend the day hiking at nearby Red Rock State Park.

• Yuma Territorial Prison and Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Parks (Yuma) - On your way to San Diego? Stop by Historic Downtown Yuma to discover the rich history of the area that includes two State Parks and the main street area with historic buildings dating back to the 1500s.


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Make a camping or RV reservation at or call (520) 586-2283. For more information on each park and to create your adventure, visit

For information about all 28 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703).

Campsite reservations can be made online at or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.


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