No Camping Experience? No Problem.
May 1, 2019
Join us on a family campout to learn the ropes of camping and experience all the fun of being in the outdoors!
2019 Spring Dates
• May 11-12 - River Island State Park – Parker
• May 18-19 - Dead Horse Ranch State Park – Cottonwood
2019 Fall Dates
• September 14-15 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park – Payson
• September 21-22 - Slide Rock State Park – Sedona
• October 5-6 - Cattail Cove State Park – Lake Havasu
• October 12-13 - Kartchner Caverns State Park – Benson
• October 26-27 - Roper Lake State Park – Safford
• November 2-3 - Oracle State Park – Tucson
• November 30-December 1, 2019 – lost dutchman state park – Apache Junction
Coming Soon: 2020 Spring Dates
• March 14-15, 2020 – lost dutchman state park – Apache Junction
• March 21-22, 2020 – Catalina State Park – Tucson
• April 4-5, 2020 – patagonia lake state park – Patagonia
• April 18-19, 2020 – Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area – Show Low
• April 25-26, 2020 – Red Rock State Park – Sedona
• May 9-10, 2020 – River Island State Park – Parker
• May 16-17, 2020 – Dead Horse Ranch State Park – Cottonwood
For Families With Limited Experience
Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce them to the great experiences they can share with family and inspire them to continue to explore the great outdoors! Participants will learn how to set up a tent and will get an introduction to cooking outside, plus they will get to try some fun activities they can do while camping.
Registration is $90 for a family of up to four. Additional family members are $5 each. One family accepted per registration. For families greater than four - special arrangements are needed -
Sorry, children five years and younger and pets cannot attend this program. Since this event focuses on learning to tent camp, RVs are not allowed. If a session is listed as full, you may be added to the wait list.
What To Bring
Families should bring food, sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, camping chairs, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats, flashlights, chairs and all activity equipment. Beverages provided include water, coffee, tea, and sports drinks.
Provided snacks include seasonal fruit, granola bars and more. Families are responsible for bringing two lunches, dinner and breakfast.
Activities vary depending on the park, participant ages and weather conditions:
• Guided Hikes
• Mountain Bike Clinic
• Fishing Clinic
• Live Animal Demonstrations
• Campfire Stories
• Presentations on geography, birding, geology, astronomy
• Service Project.
• Sleeping mats
• Camp chairs
• First aid kits
• All activity equipment
• Plus: Water, coffee, daily snacks, Dutch Oven dessert for dinner, and campfire treats!
• Food for Saturday's lunch and dinner, and Sunday's breakfast and lunch
• Sleeping bags or any available bedding
• Good, sturdy shoes
• Water bottles
• Personal items (toothpaste, towels, soap, etc.)
Suggestions For Your Meals
You will need to provide four meals for your family during your Family Campout weekend - lunch and dinner for Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program will provide propane stoves for cooking as well as healthful snacks and a few essentials listed below.
You should bring whatever pots, pans, and cooking utensils you will need to prepare your meals. Also, please bring eating utensils (forks, knives, spoons) for each member of your family. Your everyday home utensils are a fine option. We will supply plates, bowls, and cups for your family. Be sure to include additional items as necessary for anyone in your family with special dietary concerns.