Lyman Lake

Arizona State Parks I’ve visited

While my National Parks quest has received the bulk of my attention the last decade or so, I’ve also explored most of what the Arizona State Parks system has to offer.

The State Parks system is chronically underfunded by the Arizona Legislature, so I wanted to be well informed about each of the parks anytime I contacted a legislator about funding issues. In the process, I’ve had the chance to visit many of the great little places this state has in its state parks system.

Arizona State Parks map

I’ve been to 25 of the state’s 29 state parks*.

  • Alamo Lake
  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Catalina
  • Dead Horse Ranch
  • Fools Hollow Lake
  • Fort Verde
  • Homolovi
  • Jerome
  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Lake Havasu
  • Lost Dutchman
  • Lyman Lake
  • McFarland
  • Patagonia Lake
  • Picacho Peak
  • Red Rock
  • Riordan Mansion
  • Roper Lake
  • Slide Rock
  • Tombstone Courthouse
  • Tonto Natural Bridge
  • Tubac Presidio
  • Verde River Greenway
  • Yuma Quartermaster Depot
  • Yuma Territorial Prison

I have four state parks left to visit:

  • Buckskin Mountain
  • Cattail Cove
  • Oracle
  • Sonoita Creek
* Note: Arizona has two additional state parks that are currently not open to the public, and which I haven’t included in this quest: San Rafael State Natural Area and Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial (authorized; I’ve been to the construction site, however).

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