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National Parks in Arizona

and Arizona State Parks

This National Parks in Arizona and Arizona State Parks list will help you decide which of these awesome adventures will be right for your family travel experiences. Come see what the Grand Canyon state has to offer!

There are plenty of state and national parks in Arizona to keep you and your family busy for days on end.

No matter which parks you decide to visit, take time out to enjoy the unique and special beauty of each park while on your family travel experiences.

National Parks in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the better known national parks in Arizona because it is the home of the Grand Canyon. The Canyon is nearly 300 miles long and a mile deep, so plan your sightseeing route ahead of time. The Grand Canyon Train is a fantastic way to enjoy views of the Canyon while relaxing.

Grand Canyon National Park


Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada, Arizona is a great place to enjoy activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming.

You won't want to miss spending time at the Willow Beach Marina, where you and your family can enjoy river rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Another interesting spot for national parks in Arizona is the Coronado National Memorial which preserves the memory of Coronado's 1540-1542 Expedition in relation to its impact on modern day culture and relations between the states and Mexico. Don't miss an opportunity to go exploring in the Coronado Cave.

Coronado National Memorial

The Chiricahua National Monument is nearly 12,000 acres and boasts hiking, camping and an 8 mile driving road. To learn more about the history of the area while on your family travel experiences, visit the Faraway Ranch, a museum that was once part of a thriving cattle ranch.

Chiricahua National Monument


Glen Canyon Recreation Area is another highly enjoyable locale among national parks in Arizona. This reserve is over 1,000,000 acres in size, and is an ideal place for boating, Canyon hiking, and relaxation. Don't miss the Lees Ferry Historic Site which is home to historic buildings preserved from the 1870s to 1920s.

Glen Canyon Recreation Area


The Grand Canyon Parashant National monument is a park situated at the edge of the Grand Canyon that offers hiking, camping, and numerous sightseeing vistas. Another point of interest in this area is the Old Spanish Trail, which was once a trade route between New Mexico and California.

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument


The Navajo National Monument is one of the national parks in Arizona where visitors can learn more about the history of the Pueblo peoples. To get the most out of this park, don't miss the Betatakin hiking tours which are free.

Navajo National Monument


national-parks-of-arizona-01; Picture of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a desert park that offers camping, hiking, and a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the cacti that the park is named for.

This park allows visitors to go on overnight hiking expeditions, but you must first get a permit from the visitor's center.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument


The Sunset Crater Volcano Monument is a unique spot along the journey of national parks in Arizona because it was once home to an active volcano.

The volcano is calm now, though visitors can view how the eruption changed the landscape by hiking the Lava flow Trail.

Sunset Crater Volcano Monument


Walnut Canyon National monument is our final destination for national parks in Arizona. This location gives visitors a feel for the lives of the native people who made this canyon their home hundreds of years ago. Hiking the Island Trail is a fantastic way to experience additional archaeological ruins of this area.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Arizona State Parks

If you're looking for places to spend time in Arizona state parks while enjoying your family travel experiences, try heading to Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson, Arizona. Your kids will enjoy participating in the park's Discovery Center Scavenger Hunt.

Kartchner Caverns State Park


Another fun Arizona state parks location is Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona. This park provides fantastic views of the red rock formations in the area. Before you visit, be sure to download the Junior Ranger activity sheet from the park's website so your kids will be able to earn a badge by completing the Junior Ranger activities.

Red Rock State Park


Walnut Canyon National monument in Payson, Arizona is a place all geology buffs will want to visit. This park's feature attraction is a 400 foot travertine bridge that was formed by years of volcanic activity. To make sure your kids get the most out of this park, let them participate in the Junior Rangers program, which provides geological education from a kid's point of view.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


Lake Havasu State Park is a great Arizona state parks location for water activities, including boating, swimming, and fishing. Don't miss the Dixie Belle paddle boat tour of the lake! For a non-water activity, try one of the Jeep Tours of the park, or hike one of the 8 dessert walk routes.

Lake Havasu State Park


Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is an Arizona state park that preserves the history of the Riordan brothers and their families, who played an influential part in the early days of Flagstaff, Arizona. The central attraction in this 5 acre park is the 13,000 square foot home that the brothers built for their families.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park


Slide Rock State Park in Sedona is another of the Arizona state parks where you and your family can learn more about farming life in Arizona's history. This park was once a working apple farm. Another great stop while on your family travel experiences.

Slide Rock State Park


Yuma Territorial Prison State Park was once a prison. Originally opened in 1976, and used as a prison for 33 years, the location also served as a high school, a hospital and a makeshift homeless shelter until it was preserved as a historic location.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Park


Cattail Cove is an Arizona state parks location for relaxation. Here, visitors can camp, hike, swim and fish in Lake Havasu. Each February, this park also hosts a treasure hunt using GPS technology.

Cattail Cove


national-parks-of-arizona-02; Picture of Lost Dutchman State Park Fool Hollow Recreation area is another Arizona state parks location where visitors can camp, boat, hike, and enjoy nature.

The lake area was once a small town, which was flooded after a nearby dam was constructed.

Fool Hollow Recreation Area


The last Arizona state parks stop on this list is the Lost Dutchman State Park, which is named after the legend of the lost gold mine rumored to have been found by one of the early settlers to the area.

Now, this area is open to visitors looking for places to hike, camp, bike and enjoy the natural beauty of this serene location.

Lost Dutchman State Park
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