- Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
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Lake Havasu State Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park has been rated as one of the top ten show caves in the world. Picacho Peak, Lost Dutchman and Catalina State Parks offer challenging trails. Red Rock, Tonto Natural Bridge, Dead Horse Ranch and Lyman Lake offer some outstanding scenic walks. For water sports, visit Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove, Buckskin Mountain, and Patagonia Lake. Camping and fishing are popular activities at Fool Hollow, Roper Lake, Alamo Lake, and Dead Horse Ranch. The historic sites include mansions, a Spanish presidio, an Old West courthouse, a Territorial prison, and military forts.
At all Arizona State Parks, it is required that you keep your pet on a leash at all times. At the historic parks, pets are not allowed in the buildings or museums. At Red Rock State Park, pets are not allowed outside vehicles, and pets are not allowed on the trails at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
There are daily entrance fees into the park and camping fees if you wish to camp at the park. Most recreational parks charge per vehicle, so it is best to call the park and ask. For the historic parks, the charge is per person and some parks do offer group discounts.
Recreation - Activities vary from park to park. Some offer camping, boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming and other recreational activities, while others offer a museum experience or guided tours. Some also offer hiking and equestrian trails.
All camping sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis at Arizona State Parks, and are open year-round. No reservations for camping sites are taken.
Climate - The climate of Arizona varies greatly with elevation. Southern Arizona and the low elevations experience a desert climate. Lake Havasu has a high elevation of approximately 4,500 ft. During the summer months, expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 95 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations, with warm days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.
Arizona's State Parks are scattered throughout the state.