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From the views from the prehistoric route up Picacho Peak to the sights in the subterranean Kartchner Caverns, Arizona’s state parks are all set for early season vacations.
Go off the beaten path in Northern Arizona with these 14 secret places. You’ll avoid crowds, travel through history, and get some of Arizona’s most wild places all to yourself.
Arizona is chock full of incredible state parks, from border to border in each direction. Some of the best water-based state parks trips can be found on either the eastern or western border of the state. In this case, we decided to visit them all—down the western border and up the eastern border—in one itinerary for a summer full of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
Thanks to the waters of Arizona, these parks are great destinations in the summer. You can explore on foot or on bike in the cooler morning and evening hours, then beat the sunshine and heat by jumping into the Colorado River or Lake Havasu.
East of the notorious Wave formation, White Pocket requires an arduous 4WD approach, but visitors are rewarded with fascinating and bizarre landscapes for miles. Twisted geology and ice cream colored rock will leave your imagination reeling.
We awoke to the smell of the crisp mountain air and moseyed out of our “glamping” tent to greet the day. We ventured out for a horseback ride with some of the folks we met the night before at the cookout. Our guides so graciously extended our ride since we missed out the night before. We were continuously impressed at how accommodating our hosts were!
Over the course of five days, you’ll spy for bobcats and hawks, hike quiet trails beneath the famous red rocks of Sedona, and live the good life on a lake—whether that means days spent on the quad or in quiet reflection.
Camping in Bryce Canyon Country with care and attention—and leaving without a trace—will not only make your experience more peaceful, it will also preserve that perfect spot for you for years of return trips.
The fascinating geology of your Yellowstone experience certainly doesn’t end at the park gate. With 360-degree views, you can see all of Dubois, as well as three types of mountain building processes (volcanic, tectonic, glacial) from the town overlook.