As the weather begins its descent into cooler temperatures, the opportunities to visit an Arizona state park for an invigorating hike or to see fall colors rise.
To catch the autumn leaves, head to the higher elevation at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, where the cottonwood trees are already turning. Red Rock and Slide Rock state parks will follow, and then Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff may have a beautiful showing of bright leaves.
Now is also the perfect time to take a hike in the lower desert parks like Lost Dutchman, Picacho, or Catalina state parks. All three parks are experiencing cool morning temperatures, and with daytime temps dropping too, it’s a great time to take the whole family out to explore. Wildlife may be visible from your hiking trail or campsite, so keep your eyes out for deer, javelina, racoons, or coatimundi.
If mountain biking is more your speed, there are amazing trails at Dead Horse Ranch, Catalina, and Oracle state parks. Gorgeous scenery, varied terrain, and challenging trails make the parks a great place to get away for a long biking weekend, or even just a quick day ride.
Don’t forget that 15 parks throughout the state have amazing campgrounds, whether you prefer a tent or hooking up your RV. Plus, seven parks have camping cabins with air-conditioning and heat, and all have gorgeous views of the parks – whether for fall leaves, lakefront sunrises, or sunsets on the Superstitions.
For more info: https://azstateparks.com/