Ah, sweet summertime—the perfect season for going on memorable adventures with your family. While the Valley temperatures might deter you from enjoying activities around Phoenix, Arizona has plenty of scenic state parks, nature reserves and forests that you can easily explore with the kids. And thanks to a number of clean, kid-friendly campgrounds nestled throughout the state, you have every reason to plan your next weekend getaway and indulge in some well-deserved fun.
Pine Grove Campground
Northern Arizona’s own Coconino National Forest boasts luscious forest views and vibrant green shades at every turn. And in the heart of it lies Pine Grove Campground—a beautiful, accommodating property that’s located near a number of alpine lakes like Ashurst Lake, Marshall Lake or Kinnikinick Lake. You and the kiddos can spend your days fishing lakeside, enjoying activities on the water, or engulfing yourself in the charismatic, surrounding wildlife through animal watching. And if you need a break from the seclusion, spend a day exploring Flagstaff, the state’s favorite mountain town that’s only 20 miles away from the campground. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov.
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Activities for the kiddos are abundant at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. Between summer camps, fishing and boating rentals, meticulously maintained hiking trails, and U.S. Forest Service ranger-led nature walks, there are a plethora of unique outdoor adventures available that the entire family can enjoy. Plus, the campground sites are located around Fool Hollow Lake. Even in your downtime, you can expect to be surrounded by picturesque pine trees and towering mountains. For more information, visit www.azstateparks.com.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park offers adventure for the whole family. Located in Southern Arizona, the park features underground caverns, as well as a nearby campground perfect for tent campers or those looking to unwind in an onsite cabin. Whether you’re looking to explore the beauty and wonder of the caverns, or you’re just eager to take in the lush views of Benson, you can anticipate a beautiful weekend away at this quaint campground. For more information, visit www.azstateparks.com.
Cave Springs Campground
Sedona is one of Arizona’s most popular cities, beloved by locals and tourists alike. At Cave Springs Campgrounds, red rock buttes are abundant, and Oak Creek Canyon’s thriving wildlife makes the property look like something out of a fairytale. With clean camping sites, a nearby general store with decadent treats, and Slide State Park located only 10 minutes away, this secluded campground offers a perfect balance of beauty, relaxation and fun. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov.
At Jackpot Ranch, kids can paddleboat on the ranch’s pond, reach new heights by climbing through the property’s treehouse, and be entertained by critters at the petting zoo. In the evenings, families can circle around a campfire, listen to stories from ranch keepers and roast s’mores. All the while, guests will enjoy unique views of the Verde Valley and a truly authentic Arizona experience. For more information, visit www.jackpotranch.org.