Planning Your Arizona Staycation: Volume 6, Arizona State Parks

In this series of posts, we’ll share some great deals and ideas for “staycationing” in Arizona! A staycation is where you take a vacation, but stay within your state’s borders. Arizona has so many great places to explore, and we’ll share some of our local favorites with you here!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWondering where you should plan your next big summer adventure? You should look no further than Arizona's extensive network of state parks. Camping or cabin rental is an inexpensive way to see the beautiful wonders of Arizona while still escaping to cooler temperatures. Here's a note from Arizona State Parks Director Bryan Martyn on what you should know about vacationing at any of the State Parks:

Now that the long, hot days of summer are here we know families are heading out to their State Parks for the swimming, picnicking, fishing and roaming in the outdoors.  If you stop by our downtown headquarters at "Camping Central" we'll send you out with brochures and maps, but we'll also remind you that the woods are bone dry and campfires are banned.  This summer don't build campfires just take your binoculars and search the dark skies for that "dog star," Sirius, while in your campground.  I'll send you a park daypass if you send us a picture taken in July of that bright star that for centuries was tied to these sultry summers called "dog days."

sharetrailWhile the state park system is now moving forward again, it is interesting to me that I am still fielding questions every day about how the parks are doing, our historic preservation efforts, and what grants we are still able to award for hiking and OHV trails in Arizona.   While we are still working hard to find capital for park maintenance projects, I am happy to report that this year the agency will receive a $1 million dollar boost from interest on the State's Rainy Day Fund as recommended by legislators and our Governor.  We will use these monies for basic park enhancements and I encourage you to let me know when you have seen an upgraded facility.  If you enjoy the soft sands on the beaches, or launch your boat on a new ramp, take a photo and email it to me to show me your family at the park. If you used a large ramada for a quinceanera,  group area for your family reunion, or had a wedding at Tonto Natural Bridge, I want to know how those improvements enhanced your family's experience.  Finally, don't forget to thank a staff person or volunteer at the parks when you are there for keeping the parks open this summer. You can sign up for our monthly event calendar or off-highway newsletters to find ideas for your next Arizona staycation or follow us at AZStateParks on Facebook and Twitter. See you in your parks!

Arizona State Parks Director Bryan Martyn

Arizona State Parks has planned tons of events for your enjoyment at many of the state parks, including lectures, tours, demonstrations, workshops, moonlight hikes, bird and animal watching excursions, and much moreClick here to view the calendar of events and start planning your camping trip!

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