Managing And Conserving Arizona's Natural, Cultural And Recreational Resources
Find Your Park In Arizona - Great Outdoors In The Phoenix Area
January 1, 2016
Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners.
Winter in Phoenix is a beautiful thing! There is so much going on: great events every weekend, the sun shines (almost) every day, and the temperature is just right. It is an ideal time to get out in the parks to explore the Sonoran Desert. Phoenix has some of the most parkland per person within city limits in the U.S., and mountain preserves and public land surround the metro area. Here are three great options for getting outdoors in the Phoenix area.
Phoenix Mountain Parks and Preserves - Within Phoenix, mountain oases rise above the surrounding city and provide ample opportunities for hiking and Wildlife viewing. North Mountain Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the surrounding Sonoran Desert and to plan a hike.
Maricopa County Regional Parks - Bordering the metro area in every direction are mountain regional parks offering challenging trails and spectacular views. There are four nature centers that provide an introduction to the plants, animals, and ecology of the parks.
Arizona State Parks - Just outside of the metro area is a land of parks, forests and wilderness. lost dutchman state park sits on the foothill of the Superstition Mountains, providing a basecamp to explore the surrounding mountains.
For information about all 28 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877) MY-PARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com 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.