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Top 10 Things to Do at State Parks over Fourth of July

By: Arizona State Parks

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Get away from the sizzling temperatures and make a splash at one your State Parks on the Fourth of July weekend.

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Arizona State Parks

Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 31 state parks and natural areas. We provide over 1,400 camping and RV sites throughout the parks and manage 8 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in Arizona. Our agency also supports the State Trails Program, Outdoor-related Grants Program, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHV), and more. Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners.

 Cool down and relax by swimming,  water-skiing, boating, canoeing, fishing  or kayaking.  Wherever your adventure  takes you, we hope to see you exploring  at one of your  Arizona State Parks.  Although there are many things you can  experience at a State  Park, here are  the top picks of some fun things to do with your family this weekend.

 The Top 10 things to do this weekend in the State Parks:

 1) Canoeing or kayaking at Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)

 2) Experience a Cabin at Lyman Lake State Park (St. Johns)

 3) Hike the picturesque trails at Red Rock State Park (Sedona)

 4) Catch a big one fishing at Roper Lake State Park (Safford)

5) Boating/Waterskiing at Lake Havasu State Park (Lake Havasu City)

6) Enjoying an Evening Concert at Catalina State Park (Tucson)

7) Historic Fourth of July Event at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park (Tubac)

8) Tour a Historic Home at Oracle State Park (Oracle) or Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (Flagstaff) or Ancient Indian Sites at Homolovi State Park (Winslow)

9) Go back in time at Fort Verde State Historic Park (Camp Verde) or Jerome State Historic Park (Jerome)

10) Dragonfly Walk/Hike at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Superior)


Make a camping or RV reservation at or call (520) 586-2283. For more information on each park and to create your adventure, visit

For information about all 28 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). Campsite reservations can be made online at Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. 

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