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5 Arizona State Parks

In honor of National Parks & Recreation Month, check out five must-see Arizona State Parks. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you’ll be sure to soak up the beauty Arizona has to offer with these diverse landscapes.

Red Rock State Park


Discover some of the most stunning hiking trails in Sedona at Red Rock State Park. Each trail offers breathtaking panoramic views of the red rocks that surround Sedona, including the iconic Cathedral Rock and the Seven Warriors. The 5-mile trail system consists of interconnecting loops perfect for a family hiking day. As you explore the trails, there is a chance of seeing wildlife and birds, including mule deer, javelina and coyotes. Each morning at 9 a.m., a volunteer leads a guided walk through the park delving into geology, wildlife, history and archeology.
Hours: Monday to Thursday: All year, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: Labor Day to May 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees: $7 adult (14-plus), $4 youth (7-13) and free for children (0-6)
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Jerome State Historic Park


Jerome State Historic Park was the fifth State Park to open in Arizona. Since its construction in 1916, the Douglas Mansion has stood as a historic landmark. The mansion has transformed into a museum showcasing the history of Jerome. There, guests can discover photographs, artifacts, minerals and a video presentation showcasing the town’s underground mine system. Outside of the museum, there are picnic tables overlooking the breathtaking Verde Valley.
Hours: Park, museum and store are open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fees: $7 adult (14-plus), $4 youth (7-13) and free for children (0-6)
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Lost Dutchman State Park

Apache Junction

Lost Dutchman State Park trails wind through the Sonoran Desert with a breathtaking view of the Superstition Mountains. Located in the heart of desert wildlife, Lost Dutchman State Park has opportunities to witness animals in their natural habitat, including coyotes, desert cottontails, Gila monsters, desert mule deer and more. Regardless of your hiking abilities, this park has trails for everyone, including easily accessible trails like the Native Plant trail, moderate options such as Treasure Loop or Prospector’s View and challenging routes for experienced hikers like Siphon Draw and Flatiron trail.
Hours: Trails open daily, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fees: $10 per vehicle and $3 per individual/bicycle
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


Tonto Natural Bridge is one the largest natural travertine bridges in the world, standing 183 feet high and 400 feet long. Located in Northern Arizona, there are three hiking trails, a picnic area, interpretive exhibits and the historic Goodfellow Lodge within the State Park. The three hiking trails span from 20-minute hikes up to an hour, perfect for different experience levels and time restraints. You can also get a glimpse of the bridge from different areas of the parking lot if you are driving through the area. Tucked away in Pine Canyon, the Goodfellow Lodge is a charming three-story cabin built in the 1920’s. While the lodge is not currently taking reservations, it can be toured with a ranger or volunteer guide.
Hours: Park open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Fees: $7 adult (14-plus), $4 youth (7-13) and free for children (0-6)
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Slide Rock State Park


Nestled in between the iconic Sedona red rocks lies Slide Rock State Park. Most notably, Slide Rock State Park is known for its natural waterslide on Oak Creek. The park was recently named one of the “Top 10 Swimming Holes in the United States” by Travel Channel. With numerous picnic areas, trout fishing, swimming or lounging in the sun, there is no shortage of activities to keep families entertained all year long.
Hours: Feb. 4 to Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 26 to Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees: $10 to $30 per vehicle, depending on the time of year. Motorcycle: Entry fee is 50 percent of the per vehicle fee.
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