Vacation & Camping Central

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Phoenix- If you can’t stand the heat…get out of the kitchen, bedroom and the living room and head for your favorite family retreat, the State Parks!  Rural State Parks in Northern Arizona can be five to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix or Tucson. Adventures include camping, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, wildlife watching and learning about Arizona’s history.

“Vacation & Camping Central” is located at the State Parks headquarters at 1300 W. Washington in Phoenix.  Just stop by the office in Phoenix for a free State highway map, park brochures, and information about all of Arizona’s campgrounds.  Find out where to hike, fish, hold reunions, weddings, special events and business retreats. In the State Parks alone there are 1,450 campsites.  So whether you are a tent camper, RV camper or need a nice cozy camping cabin, your State Parks will take the sizzle out of your summer.

Few people think of the wonderful vacation spots they already own at the State Parks when they are making weekend plans. Camping in high elevation cool country, just hours from the hot valley, is an economical solution for families.   When you decide on a location, reservations for camping can be made 24-hours-a-day at AZStateParks.com or by calling (520) 586-2283 between 8am and 5pm seven days a week. Commercial tour group rates are available and reduced for Slide Rock this year to $2 per person.

Lake Havasu, Buckskin Mountain, River Island, and Cattail Cove are four State Parks on the Colorado River where visitors can swim, boat, fish, go tubing, lounge, or play on the white sand beaches. On the Colorado River the air temperature is usually 100 degrees but the water is 80 degrees, so spending the day swimming in the river is the trick to staying cool.

Four State Parks in Eastern Arizona include Roper Lake, Lyman Lake, Homolovi and Fool Hollow Recreation Area.  Roper Lake State Park is warm at night, but the top of Mount Graham is only 45 minutes away with an alpine climate and trout fishing. Lyman Lake in northeastern Arizona has beach camping, fishing or waterskiing and a slalom course on a quiet reservoir.  If you are not a camper, stay in a cabin or a local motel and spend the day on the beach.  Homolovi, along I-40, has a great campground, ancient Hopi villages, and Hopi elder audio tours.

Day-trippers can head out to the historic parks in the Verde Valley such as Fort Verde, Jerome, Slide Rock (upper area only) Dead Horse Ranch, and Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff.  Environmental State Parks such as Oracle and Red Rock are good destinations for exploring and Kartchner Caverns is always 70 degrees year round. Tonto Natural Bridge SP in Payson has the world’s largest travertine bridge with a lush, cool waterfall splashing into Pine Creek.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703), visit the website and online camping reservations at AZStateParks.com, Twitter/Facebook AZStateParks.

Staff (1089 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Junior high regional wrestling tourney held in San Manuel

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner On Wednesday, Jan. 21 the Central Junior High League Wrestling Championships were held at the San Manuel High School gym.


    Miner Sports Update

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Boys’ basketball – The Miners split two games last week, defeating visiting Arete Prep last Tuesday, 45 – 37, before losing at Globe last Thursday, 47 – 23.


    Operation Silver Star: An evening to honor police

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Following the deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, political activists and segments of the media have demonized police officers, portraying them as racist brutes with guns, and nothing more.


    SunZia receives key federal permit to build transmission project

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    PHOENIX, AZ (January 24, 2015) – The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project received a “Record of Decision” (ROD) today from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its proposed transmission project


  • Stories Just For You

    Piano Story Time in Oracle a hit with kids

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner San Manuel Miner The Oracle Piano Society sponsored a “Piano Story Time” at the Oracle Union Church, Trowbridge Hall in Oracle on Saturday, Jan.


    Superior hospitality: Residents open homes for successful event

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Seven local residents opened their home for the seventh annual Home Tour sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce.


    Superior Rotary hosts students of the month

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior Rotary each month sponsors the Superior Student’s of the Month with a luncheon at Los Hermanos Restaurant.


    Celebrating new ownership of the Napa Auto Parts Store with a Kearny Car Show

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Copper Basin News What a wonderful way to celebrate the new owner of the Kearny Napa Auto Parts Store, Rip Vache held a successful Poker Run and Car Show.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin