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    Arizona Parks, Monuments, & Historical Sites

    A list of Arizona's national and state parks, monuments, recreation areas, historical and archeological points of interest. Many of these parks and recreation areas offer various interpretive programs, nature hikes, and other educational activities.

    National Parks & Monuments
    Arizona State Parks
    Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Areas
    City Parks
    Historic Points of Interest
    National Forests and Recreation Areas

    National Parks & Monuments in Arizona

  • Agua Fria National Monument (This new monument, formerly BLM land, encloses a small region of the high desert alongside the Agua Fria River between Cordes Junction and Black Canyon City, from I-17 east to the Tonto National Forest. The main purpose is to protect numerous ancient ruins and petroglyphs from the pueblo period of 1250 to 1450 AD, although this area also contains historical sites dating from the resettlement of the region in the nineteenth century and has diverse, flourishing plant and animal habitats.)
  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument
  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • Chiricahua National Monument
  • Coronado National Memorial
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hohokam Pima National Monument (This monument is not open to the public.)
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Navajo National Monument
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Parashant National Monument
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • Tonto National Monument
  • Tumacacori National Historic Monument
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Wupatki National Monument

    Arizona State Parks

    Northern Arizona:

  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Recreational/Camping)
  • Fort Verde State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Homolovi Ruins State Park (Archeology/Recreation/Camping)
  • Jerome State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Lyman Lake State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Red Rock State Park (Recreational/Educational)
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Slide Rock State Park (Recreational/Historic)
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Recreational)

    Southern Arizona:

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Education)
  • Catalina State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Lost Dutchman State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park (Recreational/Educational/Camping)
  • McFarland State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Oracle State Park (Group Educational)
  • Patagonia Lake State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Picacho Peak State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Roper Lake State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • San Rafael Ranch Natural Area (Not yet open)
  • Sonoita Creek Natural Area (Under Construction)
  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park (Historic)

    Western Arizona:

  • Alamo Lake State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Buckskin Mountain State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Cattail Cove State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Lake Havasu State Park (Recreational/Camping)
  • Yuma Crossing State Historic Park (Historic)
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park (Historic)

    Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Areas

  • Cave Creek Recreation Area
  • Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
  • Estrella Mountain Park
  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park
  • McDowell Mountain Park
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
  • Usery Park
  • White Tank Regional Park

    City Parks

  • City of Chandler Parks and Recreation
  • Flagstaff Parks and Recreation
  • Gilbert Parks and Recreation
  • Mesa Parks and Recreation
  • Phoenix Parks and Recreation
      Camelback Mtn./Echo Canyon Recreation Area - This 75.8-acre park is a favorite hiking and climbing spot with sheer red cliffs, the Praying Monk rock formation, and the familiar camel's silhouette. Caution: the summit trails are difficult, strenuous climbs for experienced hikers only.
      Encanto Park - Encanto Park is a 222-acre oasis just a few blocks from the busy central corridor with picnic areas, a lagoon, paddle boats, canoes, swimming pool, nature trail, Kiddieland/Enchanted Island amusement park, urban fishing, waterfowl, two golf courses, a softball diamond, basketball and tennis courts.
      Papago Park - This fabulous park, located on 1,200 acres of rolling desert hills and rugged mountains, features a golf course, archery range, exercise course, softball complex, picnic areas, orienteering course, fishing lagoons (urban fishing license required), hiking trails, Hunt's Tomb, and the Hole-In-The-Rock landmark.
      Patriots Square - Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Patriots Square Park features two-and-a-half acres of open space with grass, trees, benches, an outdoor performing arts stage and two food kiosks. The park often is a site for community celebrations.
      Phoenix Mountain Preserve - This area boasts dozens of miles of trails that allow you to enjoy the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude even though you're in the middle of the city. Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak), part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, is one of the city's best-known landmarks. The park features a 1.2-mile trail to the peak's 2,608-foot summit, which offers a spectacular view of the Valley of the Sun.
      South Mountain Park - South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the world. The 16,500-acre park is home to more than 300 specimens of plant life and a wide variety of fauna, including rabbits, foxes, coyotes, snakes, lizards and birds. The park features picnic areas and ramadas, hiking trails and spectacular lookouts, in addition to the 10,907-square-foot South Mountain Environmental Education Center.
      Telephone Pioneers of America Park - The nation's first barrier-free park for physically challenged individuals. It features two beep baseball fields, a therapeutic heated pool, wheelchair accessible playground equipment, handball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard.
  • Tempe Parks and Recreation
      Tempe Town Lake - Take a journey to Tempe Town Lake, one of Arizona's most popular outdoor destinations. Click on the photos to find information about a variety of Town Lake subjects including its history, flora and fauna, boating and fishing, parks and playgrounds, special events, and volunteering.
      Kiwanis Recreation Center and Park - This multi-purpose facility includes an indoor wave pool with spiral slide, full service snack bar, full size multi-use gymnasium, fifteen lighted tennis courts, outdoor sand volleyball courts, classrooms, and outdoor picnic areas. The center offers numerous activities for the community including instructional classes, sport camps and leagues, birthday parties and much more.
  • Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • Yuma Parks and Recreation

    Historic Points of Interest

    Arboretum at ASU (Tempe)
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson)
    Besh Be Gowah Archeological Park
    Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
    Blythe Intaglios (BLM)
    Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
    Cochise Visitor Center & Museum (Wilcox)
    Colossal Cave (Tucson)
    Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix)
    Fort Verde State Historic Park (Campe Verde)
    Fort Lowell Museum (Tucson)
    Grand Canyon Caverns (Peach Springs)
    Ho Hardy Archeological Park
    Homolovi Ruins SP (Winslow)
    Hoover Dam
    International Wildlife Museum (Tucson)
    Juan Bautista de Anza Trail (Tubac)
    Jerome State Historic Park
    Lees Ferry
    Lehner-Mammoth Kill Site (BLM)
    McFarland State Historic Park
    Meteor Crater (Two Guns)
    Millville & Charleston (BLM)
    Mineral Museum (Tucson)
    Mission San Xavier del Bac (Tucson)
    Monument Valley Tribal Park
    Murray Springs Clovis Site (BLM)
    Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)
    Navajo Tribal Museum (Window Rock)
    Old Tucson Studios
    Out of Africa Wildlife Park
    Painted Rocks State Park
    Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum (Nogales)
    Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum (Wilcox)
    Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
    San Pedro Trail
    St. Michael's Historical Museum (Window Rock)
    Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House (Tucson)
    The Arboretum at Flagstaff
    Tohono Chul Park (Tucson)
    Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
    Tubac Presidio Presidio State Historic Park
    Tucson Botanical Gardens
    Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block
    Yuma Crossing State Historic Park
    Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

    National Forests and Recreation Areas

    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    Coconino National Forest
    The Colorado River
    Coronado National Forest
    Ehrenberg Sandbowl OHV Area
    Fool Hollow Lake State Recreation Area
    Gila Box Riparian Nat'l Conservation Area
    Glen Canyon Nat'l Recreation Area
    Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area
    Kaibab National Forest
    Lake Havasu
    Lake Mead Nat'l Recreation Area
    Lake Mohave
    Lake Powell
    Madera Recreation Area
    Martinez Lake
    Mingus Mountain Recreation Area
    Oak Creek Canyon Natural Area
    Painted Desert Wilderness
    Pena Blanca Recreation Area
    Prescott National Forest
    Rainbow Forest Wilderness
    Roosevelt Lake
    Rucker Canyon Recreation Area
    Rustler Park Recreation Area
    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
    San Carlos Lake
    San Pedro Riparian Nat'l Conservation Area
    Sonoita Creek Natural Area
    Stoneman Lake
    Tonto National Forest

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