National Parks / Natural World in Arizona with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Grand Canyon State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Arizona offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Arizona itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Grand Canyon National Park

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    Flagstaff

    The infamous Grand Canyon is waiting for kids and families to be amazed by it's incredible grandeur! A great place to explore the roads, hike the trails or even get deep into the canyon itself and ...

  • Biosphere 2

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    Tucson

    This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the ...

  • Petrified Forrest National Park

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    Holbrook

    With one of the worlds largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million ...

  • Red Stone Tours Grand Canyon and Sedona

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    Sedona

    Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered ...

  • Alamo Lake State Park

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    Wenden

    offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, ...

  • Buckskin Mountain State Park

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    Parker

    Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and ...

  • Cattail Cover State Park

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    Lake Havasu City

    The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, ...

  • Lake Havasu State Park

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    Lake Havasu

    Beaches, boat ramps, campsites, and nature trails...all waiting for the family at Lake Havasu State Park! Watersport loving families - this is your family day out in sunny Arizona!

  • Dead Horse Ranch

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    Cottonwood

    Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ...

  • Red Rock State Park

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    Sedona

    The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail ...

  • Slide Rock State Park

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    Sedona

    Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the ...

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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    Superior

    Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, ...

  • Catalina State Park

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    Tucson

    More than an incredible State Park, this piece of Arizona nature also offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, concerts and family programs! A great way to get back to nature for your Tucson family ...

  • Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Park

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    Show Low

    Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a very popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a ...

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

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    Apache Junction

    The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

  • Lyman lake State Park

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    St Johns

    Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, this 1,200-acre park encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is fed by snowmelt ...

  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

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    Payson

    Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in ...

  • Roper Lake State Park

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    Safford

    After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake are not only inviting, they're invigorating! Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a ...

  • Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

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    Patagonia

    Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal ...

  • Lake Powell

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    Page

    Explore the enchanting world of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell. This breathtaking landscape - extending into both Arizona and Utah - is like no other place on earth.

  • Rainbow Bridge National Park

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    Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, ...

  • Grand Canyon Field Institute

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    Grand Canyon

    We offer fun and informative educational classes and tours for everyone, from thrill-seekers to chill-seekers. On day hikes, backpacks, and whitewater rafting trips, GCFI’s expert instructors share ...

  • Desert Botanical Garden

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    Phoenix

    Take the kids to the desert with the Desert Botanical Garden - a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, where the can even encounter rare, threatened and endangered species.

  • Coronado National Memorial

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    Hereford

    A fascinating national memorial - a varied surface terrain and visitor centre plus Coronado Cave 600 feet in length. Amazing underground adventure.

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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    Oljato-Monument Valley

    One of the most photographed landmarks in the entire United States, this national park is an amazing place to take the family, filled with history, culture and breathtaking scenery. Take your camera!

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park

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    Glendale

    An amazing 1,185 acre park in Glendale, dedicated to preserving the desert environment. With trails and wildlife for those outdoor loving families.

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    Queen Creek

    10,000 acres of beautiful lower Sonoran Desert, with hiking, wildlife, and a visitors center

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  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

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    Tucson

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • Hall Of Fire Museum

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    Phoenix

    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire ...

  • Pima Air And Space Museum

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    Tucson

    Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircraft ...

  • Pueblo Grande Museum

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    Phoenix

    Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin site in the heart of Phoenix. Along our trail the museum features a platform mound, ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. ...

  • Museum Of Northern Arizona

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    Flagstaff

    Visitors to MNA can view exhibits relating to the Museum's four main disciplines: anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has permanent exhibitsin five galleries and changing ...

  • Heard Museum

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    Phoenix

    Today, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a must-see Arizona landmark -- a place of learning, discovery and an opportunity to share Native traditions that will touch your heart. With ...

  • The Phippen Museum

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    Prescott

    George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the ...

  • Sharlot Hall Museum

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    Prescott

    The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona. On June 11, 1928, Sharlot Mabridth Hall began a small museum in the Governor's Mansion and eighty years later her ...