List of Arizona state parks

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Alamo Lake
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Boyce Thompson Arboretum
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Buckskin Mountain
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Cattail Cove
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Dead Horse Ranch & Verde River
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Fool Hollow Lake
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Fort Verde
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Granite Mountain Hotshots
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Kartchner Caverns
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Lake Havasu
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Lost Dutchman
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Lyman Lake
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Patagonia Lake
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Picacho Peak
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Red Rock
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Riordan Mansion
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Roper Lake
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San Rafael Ranch
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Slide Rock
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Sonoita Creek
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Tombstone Courthouse
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Tonto Natural Bridge
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Tubac Presidio
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Yuma Quartermaster Depot
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Yuma Prison
Location of state parks within Arizona

An Arizona state park is an area of land in the U.S. state of Arizona preserved by the state for its natural, cultural, or recreational resources. The state park system in Arizona includes both state parks and state historic parks, as well as other designations such as natural areas and recreation areas. Arizona currently has 31 state park units, which are managed wholly or partly by the Arizona State Parks government agency. [1] In 2010 several Arizona state parks were closed due to budget cuts. Some have since reopened thanks to support in the form of donations and partnerships with local agencies. [2]

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

State park protected area managed at the federated state level

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.



Park nameCountySize [3] Elevation [3] Established [3] Remarks [3] Photography
Alamo Lake State Park La Paz & Mohave 4,9002,0001,3004001969Features a remote reservoir on the Bill Williams River with premiere bass fishing and stargazing Alamo Lake and Artillery Peak.jpg
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Pinal 3231312,4007301976Comprises Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden Wildflowers, Boyce Thompson Arboretum.jpg
Buckskin Mountain State Park La Paz 1,6776794201301967Provides water recreation on the Colorado River in the Parker Valley
Catalina State Park Pima 5,4932,2232,6508101974Preserves a diverse desert landscape at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains Catalinastateparkbyandruvalpy.jpg
Cattail Cove State Park Mohave 2,0008104501401970Provides water recreation on Lake Havasu
Dead Horse Ranch State Park Yavapai 4231713,3001,0001972Provides outdoor recreation along the Verde River Dead Horse Ranch.jpg
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area Navajo 8003206,3001,9001994Surrounds a 150-acre (61 ha) mountain reservoir
Fort Verde State Historic Park Yavapai 114.53,2609901970Interprets the best-preserved Indian Wars-era fort in Arizona, active from 1871–1891 Fort Verde 02.jpg
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park Yavapai 3201304,318–5,4601,316–1,6642016Memorial to the nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died there on June 30, 2013 while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire
Homolovi State Park Navajo 4,5001,8004,9001,5001986Preserves several pueblo ruins and other Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites
Jerome State Historic Park Yavapai |5,0001,5001957Honors the Douglas family of mining entrepreneurs in their 1916 adobe mansion Douglas Mansion.jpg
Kartchner Caverns State Park Cochise |4,7001,4001988Preserves a limestone cave kept in near-pristine condition since its discovery in 1974 Kartchner Big Room.jpg
Lake Havasu State Park Mohave 9283764801501965Provides water recreation on Lake Havasu
Lost Dutchman State Park Pinal 3201302,0006101977Faces the Superstition Mountains, where the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine is said to be hidden SUPERSTITIONS AZ15.jpg
Lyman Lake State Park Apache 1,2004906,0001,8001960Features Lyman Reservoir and a 14th Century pueblo ruin LymanLake01a.jpg
McFarland State Historic Park Pinal |1,5004601974Preserves a courthouse and jail from the Arizona Territory era Courtroom, old Pinal courthouse.jpg
Oracle State Park Pinal 3,9481,5983,7001,1001986Features an environmental learning center, a historic ranchhouse, and wildlife habitat in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Patagonia Lake State Park Santa Cruz 2,6581,0763,7501,1401974Provides recreational opportunities on 265-acre (107 ha) Patagonia Lake Plsp-boat.jpg
Picacho Peak State Park Pinal 3,7471,5162,0006101965Features a distinctive 3,374-foot (1,028 m) peak and spring wildflowers Picacho Peak.JPG
Red Rock State Park Yavapai 2861163,9001,2001986Preserves a section of scenic red rock canyon Red Rock State Park, AZ.jpg
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Coconino 52.06,9002,1001978Interprets the 1904 adjoined homes of influential lumber-baron brothers Timothy and Michael Riordan Riordan state park flagstaff arizona.jpg
Roper Lake State Park Graham 3381373,1309501972Features a 32-acre (13 ha) fishing reservoir and a pond fed by a natural hot spring Roper1-kmf.JPG
San Rafael State Natural Area Santa Cruz 3,5571,4394,7501,4501999Preserves a native grassland largely free of invasive plants. A former ranch complex is now a district on the National Register of Historic Places Not open to the public San Rafael Valley Arizona 2014.JPG
Slide Rock State Park Coconino 43174,9301,5001985Features a natural waterslide and a historic apple orchard in Oak Creek Canyon Slide Rock State Park in snow.jpg
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area Santa Cruz 9,5843,8793,7501,1401994Preserves a diverse transition zone around Sonoita Creek adjacent to Patagonia Lake State Park
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Cochise |4,5391,3831949Preserves the historic 1882 courthouse, sheriff's office, and jail Tombstone-courthouse-shp-courtroom.jpg
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Gila 161654,5301,3801969Features the world's largest natural arch made of travertine Tonto Natural Bridge.JPG
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Santa Cruz |3,5001,1001958Preserves the ruins of the 1753 Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac, an 1885 schoolhouse, and other structures plus a museum Jbda-trail-az-3.jpg
Verde River Greenway State Natural Area Yavapai 4801903,3001,0001986Preserves a 6-mile (9.7 km) section of the Verde River adjacent to Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park Yuma |120371997Interprets an 1864 U.S. Army facility that supplied 14 military posts around the Southwest Warehouse yumaquartermasterdepot.jpg
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park Yuma |120371960Interprets the famous Arizona Territory prison that operated from 1876 to 1909 Yuma prison main guard tower.jpg

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  1. Arizona State Parks (2010). "Arizona State Parks". Arizona State Parks. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  2. Arizona State Parks (2010). "Arizona's Rural Communities Rescue State Parks from Closures. Good News! 23 Arizona State Parks will Stay Open". Arizona State Parks. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 All data come from respective park webpages unless otherwise noted.