Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular weekends to travel in Arizona, but campers are encouraged to use only propane stoves and heaters this summer while they are camping, to prevent wildfires from escaped campfires. Remember in Arizona, especially during this drought, fire can burn slowing along dry roots and duff and come from underground in the forest, far from a campsite.
The 27 state parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for Memorial Day campers and state parks, such as Lyman Lake near Springerville, Roper Lake in Safford and Alamo Lake State Park will probably be campgrounds that will not fill to capacity. Day use and historic parks have plenty of room for daytrippers and Kartchner Caverns State Park always has 100 walk-up tickets each day and good camping opportunities (book cave tours in advance by phone or online if possible).
There are some fire restrictions around the state, so if you are planning to build a campfire in a park, be sure to check our website at www.azstateparks.com.
Remember, if you cause a fire under fire restrictions, it may result in substantial fines and jail time. To keep your family and public lands safe while camping, please follow these precautionary tips:
Bring a propane stove for cooking/heating, rather than using a campfire.
Carry a shovel in your car and use dirt and five gallons of water for putting out campfires, if they are permitted. Make small campfires.
Only smoke in vehicles or designated campsites and not while hiking.
State Parks Northern AZ
Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Call (928) 634-5283. Cottonwood, 150 campsites, fishing, boating (canoes/rowboats only), access to the Verde River and three lagoons, hiking and mountain biking. Campfires in designated areas only. No smoking while hiking.
Fool Hollow Lake State Park. Call (928) 537-3680. There are 92 hookup sites, 31 campsites, great fishing and swimming. Fire restrictions during windy days. Call ahead regarding campfires.
Lyman Lake State Park. Call (928) 337-4441. There are 61 campsites & 4 yurts / 4 cabins, fishing, waterskiing. No fire restrictions at this time.
Homolovi Ruins State Historic Park. Call (928) 289-4106. There are 53 camp sites, Hopi Ruins, hiking. Campfires/smoking in developed areas only. No hiking while smoking.
Slide Rock State Park. Call (928) 282-3034. Natural rock slide in the river, hiking. No smoking except in vehicles.
No fires, including charcoal and gas.
Red Rock State Park. Call (928) 282-6907. No camping, lots of hiking opportunities. No smoking, except in vehicles.
State Parks Southern AZ
Catalina State Park. Call (520) 628-5798. There are 48 campsites, hiking, corrals for horses. Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires not allowed.
Kartchner Caverns State Park. Call (520) 586-2283. There are 62 campsites. Cave tours are available. Propane fires only, smoking in camp area or vehicle. No smoking while hiking.
Lost Dutchman State Park. Call (480) 982-4485. There are 70 campsites, hiking into Superstitions. Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires not allowed. No smoking while hiking.
Patagonia Lake State Park. Call (520) 287-6965. There are 107 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach. Campfires OK in designated grills, smoking in camp areas only, no smoking while hiking.
Picacho Peak State Park. Call (520) 466-3183. There are 85 campsites and fantastic walking trails.
No restrictions at this time, no smoking while hiking.
Roper Lake State Park. Call (928) 428-6760. There are 71 campsites -- hot tub, fishing. Campfires and smoking restricted to developed areas only, no smoking while hiking.