It comes as no surprise that Arizona has some of the most beautiful scenery with all its forests, mountain ranges and canyons. But have you ever considered camping there? Can you imagine sitting under the stars with a breathtaking view with family, friends or a loved one? With over 300 days of sunshine, Arizona offers the perfect weather all year round whether you want to camp inside a canyon or right by the lake.
Rediscover camping with unbeatable views at some of Arizona’s state parks. We have rounded up some of the Grand Canyon state’s BEST places to go camping.
Lake Havasu State Park — Perfect for romantic getaways and family trips
If you’re into beautiful beaches, nature trails, boating, and camping, you’ll want to check out Lake Havasu State Park. With year-round ideal weather, this special spot is a stunning retreat with an abundance of activities. There are 47 campsites, three boat ramps, special events, picnic and beach areas.
For couples: Lake Havasu State Park is a beach oasis in the desert, perfect for a romantic camping trip. Visit the London Bridge (the world’s largest antique), have a date at the Lake Havasu Museum of History, take a walk through Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden, and end the day with a sunset dinner by the beach. Filled with romantic locations and unforgettable sceneries, Lake Havasu is the perfect destination for engaged couples to have an intimate, outdoor wedding lakeside.
For families: Kids love camping, fishing, and the wonder of outdoor experiences and Lake Havasu State Park is their ticket to adventure! Grab your kid a full Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Centre, Ranger Station or office to begin their journey to becoming a Junior Ranger. All they need to do is complete the activities in the booklet, have it approved by a Park Ranger and take the Junior Ranger Pledge. You’ll be leaving Lake Havasu with an unforgettable camping trip and an Arizona State Parks Junior Ranger!
Lost Dutchman State Park — Perfect for outdoor adventures
Named after a gold mine that may or may not exist, Lost Dutchman State Park is a beautiful respite in nature just 40 miles outside of Phoenix. Some come in search of gold while others visit to experience the peaceful hiking or biking trails or to soak in the wide-open skies near their campsite. The park campground has 134 sites, some with hookups for RVs and also has two group camping sites.
For active groups and outdoor adventurers: Superstition Mountain Trails traverse through Arizona’s most beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape and the hiking trails at Lost Dutchman State Park are a great place to begin your adventure! Some people have spent decades searching for gold in these Superstition Mountains based on the story of one Dutchman who emerged from the mountains with a satchel full of gold under his arm about 100 years ago. But none have yet to succeed.
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge — Perfect for wildlife viewing and experiences
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters managed for the benefit of wildlife and you. The refuge offers excellent opportunities to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching and photography, hiking, camping, and limited hunting. Campers may select their own campsites and are limited to camping 14 days in any 12 month period.
Wildlife lovers: Scanning the horizon, the desert can appear devoid of animal life. Yet upon closer inspection, it reveals burrows among bushes, rocks and on the open plains – homes to badgers, foxes, ground squirrels, pocket mice, and kangaroo rats. The vast desert environment is home to numerous mammal species, the majority of which are nocturnal and forage at night while the temperature is cooler.
Families: Kids can learn about Kofa National Wildlife Refuge by completing the Desert Scavenger Hunt. Children check off plants, animals and objects they see and answer questions while hiking the Palm Canyon Trail and exploring the Visitor Center in Yuma. Visit Let’s Go Outside for cool, fun outdoor things you can do on your own, with your friends, classroom or family! Enjoy the ‘Book of Stuff,’ which has everything from scavenger hunts to matching animal tracks to creating a nature collage.
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These are just a few camping trip sites and State Park attractions, there are SO many more! Arizona is packed with adventure, great weather and incredible places to see. You will experience camping in a whole new way and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you’ve been thinking about going on a camping trip this is your sign! The best part is, you don’t even need to wait until next summer to go.