Natural Beauty

Parks & Monuments

From cactus to canyons, pine forests to sky islands, Arizona's parks and monuments feature a wide array of scenery, history and activities for all ages.

Hit the Road. Count the Parks.

A recreationist's paradise, Arizona has parks galore, from iconic cacti-studded landscapes to sandstone canyon walls, thick pine-tree forests to the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. No matter the landscape you want to explore, there is an adventure awaiting you at one of our parks. Explore now with the Arizona Parks Passport and interactive map.

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Experiencing Arizona's outdoors is a highlight for many travelers to the Grand Canyon State, and for good reason.

Northern Arizona draws guests to its pines and plateaus, while Central Arizona shows off with its red rocks and the lush Verde Valley. Not to be outdone, Southern Arizona greets guests with saguaro-filled landscapes and stunning rock formations above and below ground, and Western Arizona offers some of the best water sports and beaches (yes, beaches) in the state. Rounding out the list, Eastern Arizona sports a little bit of everything, from green forests to petrified wood and petroglyphs.

When viewing the maps below, be sure to check each park's website to confirm fees, hours and available services. Some offer services such as a visitors center and bathrooms, while others are in a more remote backcountry and are best traveled by the well-prepared.

Lastly, take note if you're traveling to parks and areas on tribal lands as you likely will need an additional permit or local guide to enter.

Arizona's State, National and Historic Parks & Monuments

Agua Fria National Monument

Discover prehistoric ruins and artwork carved into rocks 40 miles north of Phoenix.

Alamo Lake State Park

Find one of the state’s top bass fishing destinations in a remote area along Arizona’s West Coast.

Antelope Canyon

Walk through monumental sandstone sculptures in Northern Arizona’s pristine slot canyons.

Arizona State Parks Trails System

In search of adventure? The Arizona State Parks Trails System features over 600 non-motorized trails statewide for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Make a splash at this riverside state park near Parker, Arizona.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Plan ahead to explore one of the longest continually inhabited areas on the Colorado Plateau.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

At the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, discover the Ancient Sonoran Desert People’s farming community including the preserved “Great House,” or “Casa Grande."

Catalina State Park

Visitors lace up their hiking boots to enjoy this magnificent natural area north of Tucson.

Cattail Cove State Park

Enjoy swimming, fishing and boating on a wide expanse of the Colorado River.

Chiricahua National Monument

Visit Arizona’s Wonderland of Rocks in Coronado National Forest

Colorado River State Historic Park

Take a trip back in time at Colorado River State Historic Park, which the U.S. army once used to unload, store, and distribute supplies.

Coronado National Memorial

Walk in the footsteps of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in this magnificent natural area just north of Mexico.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. Do all of this and more at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, located in the Coconino National Forest in Cottonwood.

Fort Apache Historic Park

Tour well-preserved ruins and a historic military outpost at this Apache Wars-era settlement.

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Visit this former U.S. Army post in Camp Verde, where frontier history of the late 1800s comes to life.

Four Corners Monument

Scenic road trips lead to the only place in the U.S. where four states intersect at one point.

Glen Canyon & Lake Powell

With nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell creates a surprising oasis in northern Arizona’s high desert.

Grand Canyon

Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona's most distinguishable landmark — a natural wonder you must see to believe. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, the Grand…

Grand Canyon West

At the western edge of the Grand Canyon—near Las Vegas and Lake Havasu—Grand Canyon West offers incredible experiences on Hualapai Tribal land.

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

"I get asked a lot why this park is special. This is sacred ground. This is where the hotshots lost their lives. The ground is honored and protected. It is not only…

Homolovi State Park

Settled by the Hisat'sinom people in the 14th century, the lush flood plains and sandy banks of Homolovi State Park remain a significant site for the Hopi community of today. View the…

Hualapai Mountain Park

Just 15 miles east of Kingman, explore this gateway to outdoor adventure named after the area’s original inhabitants — the People of the Tall Pines.

Jerome State Historic Park

Discover the history of Jerome, AZ at Jerome State Historic Park. This museum was once the stately mansion of mining mogul James Douglas.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Explore Southern Arizona’s underground spectacle just south of Benson off Highway 90.

Lake Havasu State Park

Arizona’s west coast serves up big surprises, including a state park on the banks of a reservoir formed by the Colorado River.

Lost Dutchman State Park

Head to the western gateway of the Superstition Mountains for epic hiking and camping trips.

Lyman Lake State Park

Want a taste of history and the thrill of watersports? Lyman Lake State Park in St. Johns, AZ offers petroglyphs trails and a 1,500 acre reservoir.

McFarland State Historic Park

Step back in time at McFarland State Historic Park, a courthouse in Florence, AZ. Named for Ernest McFarland, this is one museum that shouldn’t be missed.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Spot one of the Southwest’s best-preserved cliff dwellings in Central Arizona.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Iconic Western landscapes inspire visitors to set off on scenic Arizona road trips.

Navajo National Monument

Explore the ancestral past of modern Southwest tribes at Navajo National Monuments’ three cliff dwellings: Batatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House.

Oracle State Park

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert in Oracle State Park, an hour from Tucson. Take a hike and visit the historic Kannally Ranch House.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Visit the only place in the U.S. where organ pipe cactus grows in the wild.

Parashant National Monument

Parashant National Monument is a geological and natural paradise. A million plus acres of land stretch across sprawling landscapes, with a significant portion located along the northern edge of the Grand Canyon.

Patagonia Lake State Park

Discover a refreshing oasis tucked away in the rolling hills of Southeastern Arizona.

Petrified Forest National Park

Nature, geology, archaeology, paleontology and even architecture meet at this high-desert park. Stretching for miles on both sides of Interstate 40 and located near the town of Holbrook in Northern Arizona, Petrified…

Picacho Peak State Park

Easy access off I-10 leads to one of the most famous mountain summits in the Sonoran Desert.

Pipe Spring National Monument

Visit this remote site in Northern Arizona dedicated to native culture and Western pioneer history.

Red Rock State Park

Hike, bike, or horseback ride on trails winding through Sedona's iconic red rock formations. Let the spectacular natural beauty inspire you, as it has done for generations of visitors.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Take a tour of Flagstaff history at the former home of an influential pioneer family.

River Island State Park

River Island State Park, near Parker, AZ, is an outstanding year-round outdoor destination for camping, fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, and hiking.

Roper Lake State Park

Visit Roper Lake State Park, located near Safford in southern Arizona, for fishing largemouth bass and rainbow trout, stay for camping, plus enjoy a natural hot spring.

Saguaro National Park

See giant symbols of the Southwest in the only place where saguaros grow in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson.

Slide Rock State Park

Just north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, travelers give into gravity on a natural water slide.

South Mountain Park & Preserve

Step out in one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country just south of downtown Phoenix.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Explore an otherworldly landscape at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona's most recent volcanic eruption site, which offers unique hikes and sightseeing.

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

See where justice was served at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. The 1882 courthouse is now a museum filled with Old West artifacts.

Tonto National Monument

Climb to this preserved cliff dwelling overlooking Roosevelt Lake just outside of Phoenix.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Hike under the world’s largest natural travertine bridge near Payson.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Explore Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Arizona’s oldest European community and the best-preserved Spanish Colonial presidio site in the state.

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Step back in time and explore this 19th-century Franciscan mission, built under the guidance of a master mason by American Indian and Spanish laborers. Though Tumacácori's church was never completed, it remains…

Tuzigoot National Monument

Explore an ancient 110-room hilltop pueblo and a collection of artifacts at the museum. Also see gorgeous views of varying desert landscapes.

V‑Bar‑V Heritage Site

Discover the largest known and best-preserved collection of petroglyphs in the Verde Valley.

Wupatki National Monument

Visit the largest free-standing pueblo in Northern Arizona, less than an hour north of Flagstaff.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Located in Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon National Monument is a natural gem in central Arizona that offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the past. Among the remarkable geological formations of…

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

One of Arizona’s earliest prisons tells a colorful story of Westward expansion and life in the Wild West.

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Arizona’s Rivers & Lakes

Blessed with 128 lakes and 5 major rivers, Arizona beckons outdoor enthusiasts to hike, raft, ski and fish year-round.

Kaibab National Forest

A vast greenway attracts outdoor adventurers to Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon.

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

This protected 19,410 acres of Eden is perfect for primitive, adventure-based recreation like horseback riding, hiking, camping and hunting.

Madera Canyon

Just south of Tucson near Green Valley, the Santa Rita Mountains offer spectacular outdoor excursions.

Mogollon Rim

Arizona’s ultimate outdoor playground features dense pine forests and cool mountain lakes.

Mount Lemmon

Explore Southern Arizona’s sky islands in Coronado National Forest.

Sabino Canyon

On the northeast edge of Tucson, Sabino Canyon is a popular gateway to outdoor adventures in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Watson Lake and the Granite Dells

Explore a jumble of boulders surrounding a cool lake just four miles northeast of Prescott.

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