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Gardens & Arboretums

Arizona is home to many beautiful and distinctive species of plants, and the state’s many arboretums and botanical gardens are a great way to get a look at some of the one-of-a-kind wonders that grow here.

From cacti and succulents to dozens of varieties of trees and flowers, Arizona’s botanical gardens and arboretums are the perfect introduction to the state’s unique ecosystem – and provide you with the education you need to start exploring Arizona nature on your own.

With special seasonal showcases and other events, Arizona’s arboretums and botanical gardens offer education, recreation and beauty all in one. See our complete list of locations below to find a garden to visit during your Arizona vacation.

  • Arizona Trail

    The trail's primary users are hikers, equestrians and mountain bicyclists (outside of wilderness or other specially managed areas).

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the museum is dedicated to conserving the Sonoran Desert by protecting native plants and animals, providing educational programming, maintaining and improvung the museum's collection of plants and animal

  • Campus Arboretum, University of Arizona

    The University of Arizona has a unique collection of plants from arid and semi-arid climates around the world. Many campus trees are the largest specimens in Arizona and have been designated as Great Trees of Arizona. Several are unique to the entire S

  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. With a 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, the Garden has become nationally and intern

  • The Arboretum at Arizona State University

  • Tohono Chul Park

    Tohono Chul Park is a leading Southwest center of desert nature, arts and culture – and is listed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada. This oasis in the desert offers a respite from the<

  • Tucson Botanical Gardens

  • University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

  • Patterson Observatory

    Southeastern Arizona is renowned for its clear, dark skies - skies free of obscuring haze and light pollution - optimal conditions for astronomical viewing. The Patterson Observatory is a significant contribution to community resources. The Observator

  • Bearizona Wildlife Park

    Enjoy a 3 mile drive through the Kaibab forest and encounter bears, wolves, bison, mountian goats, and many more species of North American wildlife.

  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

    The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory aside from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Located at the base of Mt. Hopkins 35 miles south of Tucson, the observatory educates&

  • Tonto National Monument

    Shallow caves shelter nearly 700-year-old masonry dwellings at Tonto National Monument. These well-preserved ruins were home for three centuries to the Salado people.

  • Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim

    The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim, is the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Here you can enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while<

  • Arizona River Runners

    Experience the vacation adventure of a lifetime on a Grand Canyon Colorado River rafting trip. Since 1970 Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon white water rafting trips.

  • Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

    Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides every morning at sunrise year-round, weather permitting. Sunset balloon flights are offered during the winter months.

  • Sedona Red Rock Adventures

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department

  • Biosphere 2 - University of Arizona

  • Stargazing for Everyone

    We bring the universe to you! View the wonders of the universe through large telescropes. Stargazing tours throughout Arizona.

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

    Tucson Convention Center, February 10-13, 2011.  Great exhibits, more than 225 gems and mineral and jewelry dealers. 

    For more information about upcoming events, visit our website.

  • Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

    Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory's "sky island" observing site just north of Tucson, Arizona. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the ex

  • Grand Canyon Whitewater

    Colorado River rafting through the Grand Canyon gives both guides and customers a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon, gain a new perspective on life, and connect with many others who appreciate this unique outdoor experience.

  • Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum

    Built from 1887-1929, the ranch features a variety of styles. The architect for the packing shed and north wing of the main house was James M. Creighton. The guest house was designed by Chicago architect, J.L. Silsbee.

  • Park of the Canals

    In this park find evidence of earliest canals, dug by hand by Hohokam Indians who lived in central Arizona until A.D. 1450.

  • Steward Observatory

    Steward Observatory scientists have played key roles in major space astronomy missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. The original dome, covered in cream-colored tile, is listed on the National Register

  • San Bernradino Refuge

    The San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge is located on the U.S.-Mexican border in Cochise County, Arizona, 17 miles east of Douglas. Situated at 3,720 to 3,920 feet elevation in the bottom of a wide valley, the Refuge encompasses a portion of the he

  • National Geographic Visitor Center

  • Kinishba Ruins

  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

  • 3 Canyons Transit & Arizona Sunshine Tours

  • Sedona Spirit Center~ Sedona Spirit Guides

  • Sedona Spirit Center

  • The Bisbee Enclave

  • Desert Voyagers

    Desert Voyagers

  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

    The AzMNH is a place for family fun.

  • El Rey Motel - Globe, AZ

  • El Rey Motel - Globe, AZ

    El Rey Motel in Globe, Arizona is a quant, vintage hotel since 1938.

  • Silver Rein Horsemanship

  • Explore Sedona

  • San Carlos Recreation & Wildlife Department

  • Spirit Steps Tours

    Sedona's Spiritual Tour Company since 1980.

  • America's Tent Lodges - Grand Canyon Williams

    America’s Tent Lodges offers spacious, fully equipped tent lodges on top locations in the southwest of the USA.

  • Pinetop-Lakeside

  • Geo Savvy Tours

  • The Arboretum at Flagstaff

    The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a botanical garden, research station, and environmental education center. The goal of the arboretum is to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and plant communities native to the Colora

  • Jacob Lake Inn

  • Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Spend your Arizona vacation in Cave Creek and let Full Circle Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn be your one-of-a-kind oasis in the desert.

  • Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

  • BC Jeep Tours

    Join BC Jeep Tours for a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.

  • Papago Park

    The land for Papago Park was conveyed by a U.S. patent in 1935 that allowed the land to be used for recreational activities.

  • Colorado River & Trail Expeditions

  • Verde Canyon Railroad

    The Verde Canyon Railroad takes you on a trip through Southwest regions rich with indigenous flora and fauna throughout the Verde Valley. Asphalt, concrete and tension drift away as you cruise from Clarkdale to Perkinsville at a smooth 12 miles per hou

  • Flying E Dude Ranch-Wickenburg, AZ

    Established in 1946, the Flying E Guest ranch is just 4 miles west of Wickenburg. Known as the "riding ranch" we offer 20,000 acres to ride and roam. Home cooked family style meals, 17 comfortable, clean accommodations and great horses for every rider.

  • Corral West Horse Adventures

    Corral West provides family friendly horse adventures for all ages!

  • The Desert Belle Tour Boat

  • Pink Adventure Tours - Phoenix

    Welcome to Pink Adventure Tours in Phoenix, Arizona! Nobody knows Arizona like Pink Adventure Tours.

  • The Wildland Trekking Company

  • Arizona Desert Valley RV Park

  • Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival

  • Moon Meadows RV Park

    Moon Meadows RV Park is located in St Johns, Arizona, the "Town of Friendly Neighbors".

  • Grand Canyon Hikes

  • Discovery Treks

    One of National Geographics's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."  Guided Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls tours.

  • Crossing Worlds Journeys & Retreats

  • Arcosanti & Cosanti Foundation

    Arcosanti is a prototype arcology, an urban environment based on density and efficiency. It embodies Soleri's proposal to "reinvent the American Dream" in a rational and progressive way, acknowledging the reality of scarce and depleting resources.

  • Tanque Verde Ranch

    Tanque Verde Ranch is Arizona’s premier guest ranch/resort located in the lush desert foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Tucson. This beautiful, historic ranch has 74 spacious rooms and suites.

  • Arizona Outback Adventures

    AOA specializes in bike rentals and guided adventure trips from single-day hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting in Phoenix to multi-day guided hiking, biking, and backpacking in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai, and the greater Southwest.

  • Sierra Vista Shuttle and Taxi

    Sierra Vista Shuttle and Taxi.

  • Orme Dam Victory Days

  • Tohono O’odham Nation

    Located in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona, this 2.8 million-acre destination is the second-largest reservation in the United States.

  • The Hummingbird Society

  • Tempest Tours

  • Tempest Tours

  • Boulders Resort & Spa

    One of the world's most celebrated hideaways, The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is nestled in the high Sonoran Desert foothills north of Scottsdale. Two championship golf courses and 160 luxurious casitas are sculpted into the spectacular natural

  • Spa at the Boulders

    Profile: Merging the distinct philosophy of the original Golden Door in Escondido, California with the serene Sonoran desert, the 33,000-square-foot retreat offers a Zen-like atmosphere where curving walls and a trickling stream put gu

  • Starlight Pines Bed and Breakfast

    We are a great location for spending 3 nights to see the Grand Canyon, Sedona & Flagstaff.  Free WI-FI, parking and a unique 2 course gourmet breakfast each morning.  An upscale B&B at affordable rates.

  • Wiles West Travel

  • Wiles West Travel

    Featuring scheduled travel trips, step on guide services, and custom designed trips for individuals, groups or corporate outings.

  • Lazy Trout Market, Motel and Cabin Rentals

  • International Wildlife Museum

  • Rancho Verde RV Park

  • Elegant Resorts

  • Alpine Inn

    Styled after a country home, this charming Inn features all the character and warmth you would expect from the early 1900's, plus the amenities of today.

  • Esplendor Golf Resort

    Luxury Golf Resort in Rio Rico, Arizona set among rolling mountains, overlooking the lush green Santa Cruz River Valley and amid centuries of history, you'll find Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico, a one-of-a-kind golf destination resort in southern Ariz

  • Enchantment Resort's Seven Canyons

  • Pena Blanca Lake

    Peña Blanca Lake is a popular recreation spot for visitors from neighboring Nogales, Arizona and nearby communities in Mexico.

  • AZ Flyboard Rentals

    Welcome to AZ Flyboard Rentals, home of the hottest new extreme watersport to hit Arizona.

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  • Predator Zip Lines

  • Morning Star Ranch

    The Ranch is a wonderful place for active people.

  • Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

    The Japanese Friendship Garden is a place of meditation and contemplation.

  • Tombstone RV Park and Campground

    We offer full hookup RV sites, Cowboy Cabins, and Tent sites for daily, weekly and monthly rates.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

    Tours take visitors through Wright’s living quarters, to the theater, his office and other buildings. Specialty tours are offered including tours of the desert shelters built by Taliesin Fellowship apprentices.

  • Mariposa Manor Community Park/RV

    Mariposa Manor Community - The only RV location site in Nogales!

  • Hyatt Pinon Pointe

    Welcome to Hyatt Pinon Pointe, A Hyatt Residence Club.

  • El Monte RV Rentals

    El Monte RV Rentals is America's premier RV rentals company, with nationwide locations.

  • Calabasas Campground

    RV Trailer Park

  • Dharma Vibration

    Dharma Vibration offers a peaceful space in which individuals can get heal.

  • Arizona Rafting

    BBB award winning service. Twice named “Company of the Year”! Highly ranked on Trip Advisor in Scottsdale.

  • Arizona Helicopter Adventures

    Arizona Helicopter Adventures offers a variety of touring services around the Scottsdale area as far out as the Superstition Mountains. 

  • Sandstone Tours, Inc.

    Monument Valley Tours with an experienced Navajo guide in a comfortable open-air 4x4 truck. Sunset/sunrise tours available.

  • Sonora Wings Hang Gliding

    Come out and fly a hang glider with a certified instructor.

  • Rubicon Outdoors

  • City of Douglas

  • No Snow Stand Up Paddleboard Shop

  • Babacomari Ranch

    Vacation lodging at historic SE Arizona ranch.

  • Tombstone Monument Ranch

    Treat yourself to a unique place. Meet long-cherished childhood dreams and pay homage to the heyday of the Wild West.

  • Sedona Air Tours

    We offer helicopter and biplane tours from Sedona Airport, helicopter tours from Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde, and plane tours from Sedona to the Grand Canyon.

  • Simpson Hotel Bed & Breakfast

    We are a historic, 100-year-old hotel renovated and reopened as a B&B in 2007. The Simpson has a comfortably homey atmosphere but is elegantly appointed with antiques and an eclectic original art collection. 

  • Yoga and Paddleboard Class

    This all levels paddle yoga class is designed to ease students into SUP Yoga. 

  • Trapper's Rendezvous

    Trapper’s Rendezvous, A Western Inspired Bed and Breakfast,is a village of six rustic, spacious individual cabins, equipped with modern amenities and true western charm.

  • Sedona by Cobalt Escapes

    Sedona is the ideal one stop solution when planning your Sedona adventure.

  • Grand Canyon by Cobalt Escapes

    Grand Canyon by Cobalt Escapes is the ideal one stop solution when planning your Grand Canyon adventure.

  • Monument Valley Tours

  • Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall

    Located across from the Tucson Mall. Each suite contains a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker. Other features: continental breakfast, pool, exercise/meeting facilities. Hot-tub suites also available.

  • Best Western Plus Tucson International Airport Hotel & Suites

    Newly renovated, 15 minutes from downtown. Pool, hot tub, in-room coffee, refrigerators, indoor access rooms. Free American breakfast buffet. Morgan's Food & Spirits restaurant.

  • Tours4fun

    Tours4Fun is a thriving online travel site, dedicated to providing fun vacations with easy online purchasing experience for all your travel needs. 

  • Verde Valley Wine Consortium

  • Sonoita Vineyards

    Dr. Gordon Dutt, owner and founder of Sonoita Vineyards, is a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona.

  • Saguaro Lake

    Our watercraft rental services include boats, jet skis, waverunners, water sports, tours, wakeboarding, water skiing, wakesurfing and more!

  • American TransPorter Charters

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    Just Roughin' It Adventure Company

    Just Roughin’ It Adventure Company is a full service, private hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking guide company taking guests to some of the best locations in Arizona.

  • Grand Canyon Guide Company

    Nothing compares to seeing Grand Canyon from below the rim.

  • Classic Air Aviation

    Classic Air Aviation is based out of Falcon Field Airport located in Mesa, AZ.

  • Circle Z Ranch

    Old-time ranch adventure since 1926. This rustic, ranch getaway offer guests quiet accommodations, gourmet dining, and a variety of outdoor activities.

  • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co.

    Take a memorable hot air balloon ride in Phoenix and let your spirits soar above the majestic Deer Valley with an incredible birds’ eye view.

  • City of Nogales

    Rediscovering the City of Nogales means enjoying all the favorites this distinctive border community offers.

  • Awakening Spirit personal silent retreat center

    Awakening Spirit personal retreat is a silent retreat center 

  • Adventure Southwest

    Adventure Southwest specializes in private Southwest guided travel.

  • Comfort Inn & Suites in Sierra Vista

    Comfort Inn & Suites - Sierra Vista offers a host of modern features and amenities. 

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert.

  • Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

  • Equinox Hot Air Balloon Rides

    Equinox Balloons offers small group and private charter hot air balloon rides in central Arizona, including Phoenix and Scottsdale.

  • Xplore Arizona! Travel Adventures

    Xplore Arizona specializes in travel adventures to unique destinations throughout Arizona.

  • Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance (SAAA)

    Save money and see more than 40 of Southern Arizona's best attractions with the tucson Attractions Passport - a $400 value to $15!

  • Desert Oasis Campground

    Adult, gated, safe, new park where all sites have a great view of the mountains and valley from sun up to sun set.

  • Adventures by Disney

    Wherever our customers travel with Adventures by Disney, they'll have two Adventure Guides to make sure that every detail is taken care of.

  • Copper Sands Motel

    Our quaint southwestern style motel is located at the edge of town.

  • Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

    Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast is the closest Bed and Breaskfast to the Grand Canyon.

  • White Tank Stables

    See the West as it was first discovered, on horseback. 

  • Hitchin Post Stables

  • Visit Mesa

    Welcome to Mesa, Arizona. A gateway city to one of the most dynamic regions in the country. 

  • Riverbound Sports Paddle Company

    A great rental program helps you try before you buy.

  • Sonoran Desert Conference Center

    The new Sonoran Desert Conference Center in Ajo, Arizona offers one-of-a-kind hospitality that engages visitors in the rich culture of the Southwest.

  • Desert Willow Bed & Breakfast

    Desert Willow Bed & Breakfast offers a charming and calm environment, located in the earth of Ajo, Arizona.

  • Ajo Community Golf Course

    Ajo Community Golf Course The number one option for a round of golf in Ajo, Arizona. 

  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

    Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • The Ajo Community Golf Course Restaurant and Bar

    The Ajo Community Golf Course Restaurant and Bar.

  • Ajo Mine Lookout Visitor Center

    Mine Lookout Visitor Center.

  • Meadview RV Park

    RV park & cozy cabins, closest Facility to the Grand Canyon West Sky Walk and gateway to lake Mead. 

  • Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce

  • Arabella Hotel Sedona

    As a first historical lodging in Sedona we are ideally located amongst amazing Red Rocks, next door to the Hillside Shops and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. 

  • White Stallion Ranch

    Secluded 3,000-acre ranch adjoining Saguaro National Park. 41 rooms, heated pool, indoor hot tub. Recreation, meeting rooms. Tennis, volleyball, hikes, horseback riding, rodeos, hayrides, cookouts.

  • Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce

    Located near the spot where Arizona, Nevada and California meet, Bullhead City is a rapidly growing community nestled along the beautiful blue waters of the Colorado River.

  • Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

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    Travel2Arizona Travel Guide

    Travel2Arizona, the most complete Travel Guide, where your journey begins with the tour and travel resource for everything in Arizona.

  • Audubon Arizona

    The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center offers interactive exhibits, an interpretive loop, connections to 16 miles of hiking and riding trails and a variety of hands-on nature programs, including birding classes and bird walks, school field tr

  • Arizona Hiking Adventures LLC

    Arizona Hiking Adventures is dedicated to preserving and protecting our natural resources through education by example on tours. 

  • Grand Canyon Western Ranch

    Grand Canyon Western Ranch is a historic outlaw ranch, both tranquil and full of excitement, offering overnight cabins, helicopter tours, wagon rides, horseback rides and much more.

  • Adobe Transportation

    Complete Planning Service from overnight tours to a one day or half day tour.  Tell us where you'd like to visit and we'll offer suggestions.

  • Sedona Mago Retreat

    Sedona Mago Retreat is a 163-acre nonprofit spiritual retreat center. 

  • McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Hopi Cultural Center

    The Hopi Cultural Center includes a small gallery museum, restaurant and an inn. Each mesa is distinctive and unique and is known for special art and craft.

  • Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

    Serving the Grand Canyon since 1965.  Offering helicopter tours, plane and bus tours, combos, canyon landings and more.  

  • Keepers of the Wild

    Keepers of the Wild is a sanctuary dedicated to the rescuing and rehabilitation of neglected or abused exotic animals. They offer tours and educational programs.

  • Pink Jeep Tours - Sedona

    Since 1960, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road adventures in the Southwest.  You gotta do it!

  • Pink Jeep Tours - Grand Canyon

    Expand you Grand Canyon experience and let Pink Jeep Tours guide you through millions of years of history.

  • The Canyon Motel and RV Park

    Cottage style rooms. Authentic Railroad Cabooses. Each sleeps a family of 5. Railcar has 3 separate motel rooms. RV park now open.

  • The Canyon Motel & RV Park 2

    Mountain views, located in Ponderosa pines. Family and pet friendly. Big rigs welcome.

  • Lake Mead

    Explore more than 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. With a wealth of activities and a beautiful desert environment, this enormous lake can hold as much as 9 trillion gallons of water – giving you ample opportunity to boat, swim, fish and generally soak up the sunshine.

  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

    Thousands of years in the making, Tonto Natural Bridge is known to be the world’s largest natural travertine bridge. Located between Payson, Arizona, and Pine, Arizona, the 150-foot-wide limestone bridge arches 183 feet above sparkling Pine Creek. The bridge is surrounded by pine trees, while flowing springs and fern-draped grottos line the narrow canyon upstream.

  • Alamo Lake State Park

    Alamo Lake State Park is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain speckled with brush, wildflowers and cacti making for a visually pleasing experience. The area has good wildlife viewing opportunities, and you may even spot a bald or golden eagle during your time here.

  • Kaibab National Forest

  • Bill Williams River

    Recreationists will find opportunities for many activities in a unique setting. The Swansea Ghost Town site is also nearby.

  • Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

    There are few places where one can stand, look at a Saguaro cactus, a cattail stand and a cottonwood tree together. This unique blend of upland desert, marsh, and desert riparian haitat provides for a diverse array of birds, mammals and reptiles.

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

    The perennial waters of Aravaipa Creek have carved a scenic canyon through the Sonoran Desert at the northern end of the Galiuro Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

    Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last unchannelized section before the river enters Mexico. The river and its associated backwater lakes and wetlands are a green oasis, contrasting with the surrounding desert mountains. More than 15,000 acres of Imperial National Wildlfie Refuge is designated as wilderness. Wilderness is protected to ensure that nature, not people is the primary influence on this quiet, scenic place.

  • Buckskin Mountain State Park

    Buckskin Mountain State Park is situated along the Parker Strip, an 18-mile stretch of land that runs along the Colorado River and divides parts of Arizona and California. Filled with gorgeous scenery, countless water activities and many indigenous wildlife, Buckskin Mountain State Park is a delightful respite where you can relax and enjoy yourself.

  • Cattail Cove State Park

    Situated along Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove State Park offers countless activities along one of Arizona's most popular lakes. From sun-bathing on the shoreline to bass fishing, you're sure to find an activity that will float your boat.


  • Red Rock State Park

    Thriving with nature, beautiful scenery, group activities and rotating exhibits, Red Rock State Park is a true gem. At 286 acres, the possibilities are endless and range from hiking and biking to horseback riding to wildlife viewing.

  • Slide Rock State Park

    Part apple orchard, part natural water slide, Slide Rock State Park is a must-see destination when you visit Sedona. For a thrill, shimmy down the rock water slide that cascades into a series of glistening swimming holes, or simply wade in the water and enjoy the century-old irrigation system.

  • River Island State Park

    Located less than a mile north of Buckskin State Park, River Island State Park offers a scenic area to camp, boat, swim, jets ski, fish, swim and more along Parker, Arizona's beautiful stretch of the Colorado River.

  • Roper Lake State Park

    Replete with natural wonder, Roper Lake State Park is an obvious choice for your next camping vacation. Enjoy five miles of nature trails that wind through desert landscapes and lead to stunning mountain views.

  • Verde River Greenway State Natural Area

    At more than six miles long and nearly 480 acres in total size, the Verde River Greenway is an impressive and beautiful natural wonder. Located high in North Central Arizona, near Cottonwood, the elevation provides a mild climate ideal for summer hiking and other outdoor activities including canoeing and fishing.

  • Sonoita Creek State Park Natural Area

    The Sonoita Creek State Park Natural Area surrounds the Patagonia Lake State Park and features trails for hiking and horseback riding, as well as areas to camp and bird watch. As a gateway to Rio Rico, Arizona, the natural area provides countless sights to enjoy along your journey.

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    A beautiful area with camping, canoeing, mountain biking and more, Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona, is a fun-filled destination. A peaceful lake holds catfish fit for dinner, while the surrounding forestry is home to deer, hawks and other indigenous wildlife.

  • Becker Lake Wildlife Area

    The Becker Lake Wildlife Area is located in east-central Arizona, within Springerville city limits. Known for a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as wildlife like antelope and prairie dogs, Becker Lake offers plenty of attractions for nature lovers.

  • San Carlos Lake

    San Carlos is one of eight lakes with desert surroundings created by damming rivers in the hills around Phoenix, and like the others it has quite a dramatic setting. Deep blue waters are framed by gaunt, rocky, cactus-speckled mountains – in this case, the foothills of the Gila, Mescal and Santa Teresa ranges.

  • Hawley Lake

    Tucked away in Arizona’s White Mountains and surrounded by three national forests, Hawley Lake is an adventurist’s delight. The 260-acre lake is open year-round despite snowy winters, meaning it’s the ideal location for ice fishing and snowshoeing. During the breezy spring months, visit Hawley Lake for sail boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping and cabin rentals.

  • Lake Havasu Shoreline Camp

    Lake Havaus Shoreline Camp features 105 sites along the Arizona side of Lake Havasu, from Lake Havasu City south to the Parker Dam. Most sites have a picnic table, shade ramada, barbecue grill, pit toilet and trash can.

  • Sabino Canyon

    Located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Sabino Canyon is a popular destination for exploring the Sonoran Desert. Known for its self-guided nature trails and wildlife and stunning canyon views, this desert oasis makes for a pleasant afternoon of hiking or picnicking.

  • Peppersauce Campground

    Located around 45 minutes northeast of Tucson, along the Control Road up Mt. Lemmon’s north slope, Peppersauce Campground is tucked away in a shallow, tree-filled canyon cut by Peppersauce Creek through rolling foothills covered with grass, oaks and yucca.

  • Boynton Canyon Trail

    Boynton Canyon in Sedona is one of the most scenic of the box canyons that make Arizona's red rock country so famous. This particular trail enjoys the additional advantage of being conveniently accessible to nearby towns on well-paved roads.

  • Crescent Moon Picnic Area

    One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is the towering Cathedral Rocks reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is equally as popular.

  • Watson Lake

    Four miles north of downtown Prescott at 3101 N State Route 89, this beautiful park allows access to Watson Lake and the boulders of the Granite Dells.

  • Clear Creek Campground on the Verde River

    Clear Creek Campground is a popular place for hiking, swimming, wading and fishing. Cool water species such as smallmouth bass and green sunfish populate the stream near the campground.

  • Mazatzal Wilderness

    The Mazatzal Wilderness contains more than 252,500 acres of the Tonto and Coconino National Forests. Established in 1940 and expanded to its present size in 1984, the area boasts plenty of scenic hiking trials.

  • White Mountain Trail System

    The White Mountain Trail System is a unique, interconnected system of urban trails in the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, the City of Show Low and the Wagon Wheel area. Currently five parks are being connected to the System: Fool Hollow Lake State Park (proposed), Woodland Lake Park, Big Springs Environmental Study Area, Billy Creek Trails Park (proposed) and Billy Creek Natural Area. Mini-parks are also envisioned throughout the project.

  • Ahakhav Tribal Preserve

    The Ahakhav Tribal Preserve, located just outside Parker, was established in 1995 and currently consists of 1,253 acres of wilderness area and a 3.5-acre park. The preserve is centered around a reconstructed Colorado River backwater, which offers a variety of activities including fishing, canoeing, birding and swimming.

  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

    From desert bighorn sheep to the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher, birds and other animals thrive at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge protects 30 river miles and 300 miles of shoreline from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. One of the last remaining natural stretches of the lower Colorado River flows through the 20-mile-long Topock Gorge.

  • Page Springs National Fish Hatchery

    Nestled among the cool pines of the Coconino National Forest, the Page Springs Fish Hatchery offers a cool retreat from the desert during hot summer months. Families enjoy hiking the nature trail bordering Oak Creek, and kids like visiting the show ponds to see the hatchery's finest and largest trout.

  • Ashurst Lake Complex

    Located around 20 miles southeast of Flagstaff, Ashurst Lake is a great spot to head to fish for rainbow and brook trout or to go canoeing, windsurfing and kayaking. A gravel road surrounding the lake makes for the perfect bike path or jogging route.

  • Jacques Marsh Wildlife Area

    Jacques Marsh Wildlife Area is located two miles north of Lakeside and consists of 130 acres of National Forest land. Pond areas total 96 acres containing seven ponds and 18 islands.

  • Martinez Lake

    Martinez Lake is located just north of Yuma on the Colorado River. Known for the many species of wildlife that populate the lake year-round, this area is a relaxing retreat perfect for a weekend getaway.

  • Wheatfields Lake Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Wheatfields Lake in Chinle is one of the most popular destinations for fishing, camping, picnics and other outdoor adventures in Navajoland. You can cast your line just a few feet off the road, or you can drive around to the opposite side of the lake and launch your fishing boat near the base of the Chuska Mountains.

  • Tsaile Lake Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife

    Behind Diné College, at the intersection of Navajo Route Seven and the Lukachukai-Window Rock road, Tsaile Lake in Chinle was constructed as a flood control dam at the head of Canyon Del Muerto.

  • Luna Lake

    The Luna Lake Wildlife Area is nestled in the White Mountains, near Springerville, offering a cool, high-elevation escape from desert heat in summer. The area provides opportunities for the whole family, from trout fishing and waterfowl hunting to just plain relaxing.

  • Cochise Stronghold

    This Southern Arizona campground situated in the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson is located in a magnificent, rugged canyon that served the famous Apache Indian leader, Cochise, as a refuge against his enemies.

  • Madera Canyon

    A world-renowned location for bird watching, Madera Canyon is a major resting place for migrating species, while the extensive trail system of the Santa Rita Mountains is easily accessed from the Canyon's campground and picnic areas.

  • Honanki Heritage Site

    The Honanki Heritage Site cliff dwelling and rock art site is located near the town of Sedona in North Central Arizona. Currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service under the Red Rock Pass Program, the site is open to the general public for visits seven days a week.

  • Mormon Lake

    Mormon Lake is the largest natural lake in Arizona...sometimes. During droughts, it's frequently not so large, and occasionally even dry. But when it's a lake, which is most of the time, Mormon Lake is an excellent place to fish, boat, windsurf and birdwatch.

  • Havasu Canyon

    Havasu Canyon is a side branch of the Grand Canyon that was once the home of a prehistoric people. Today, it is home to the Havasupai, a tribe that has inhabited the canyon for more than 800 years – as well asstunnign views of waterfalls, travertine pools and canyon walls.

  • Lake Mohave

    Lake Mohave is situated on Arizona's West Coast and divides portions of Nevada and Arizona. It is a part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and is located less than 50 miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

    Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, the Arboretum, was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917, Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia where he came to understand the importanc

  • Catalina State Park

    In this beautiful desert park, located within the Coronado National Forest less than 20 miles north of Tucson, is a self-guided, signed trail leading through Romero Ruin that includes a prehistoric Hohokam village with a ballcourt as well as the histor

  • Homolovi State Park

    Originally home to the Hisat'sinom (known to archaeologists as the Anasazi) in the 14th century, the Homolovi Ruins is now a center of research and preservation of Native American migration.

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