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State parks ready for busy Memorial Day weekend, summer

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:00 am

Arizona’s state parks offer an economical option for summer vacations, providing more than 1,000 campsites for campers. Parks such as Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area in Show Low are booking quickly and Roper Lake in Safford is popular since it is next to Mount Graham. Lyman Lake near Springerville will be open June 17-Oct. 17 and the park has cabins, yurts, a swimming beach and hot showers. If you choose the yurts and cabins your family can stay for $35-$50 a night. The campsites in the parks also offer many amenities, including hot showers.

Daytrippers can head out to the historic parks or environmental parks, such as Kartchner Caverns State Park, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and Red Rock State Park.

Campers should be forewarned that there will be some campfire restrictions, so they should always check with rangers before building a fire. Campers who cause a fire under fire restrictions may be responsible for substantial fines and jail time. To keep your family and public lands safe, parks officials recommend using a propane stove and smoking only in vehicles.

An added convenience this year is the ability to book camping reservations online at www.AZStateParks.com. Officials recommended booking early because they anticipate a busy summer.

For more information about Arizona State Parks, call 800-285-3703 or visit www.AZStateParks.com to make campground and cave reservations.

The following is a list of campgrounds in the Arizona State Parks system:

Southern AZSP Campgrounds

• Catalina State Park, 628-5798: 125 campsites, hiking, corrals for horses. Charcoal and propane fires only; wood campfires not allowed.

• Kartchner Caverns State Park, (520) 586-2283: 60 campsites, cave tours now online. Propane only. Smoking in camp area or vehicle only; no smoking while hiking.

• Lost Dutchman State Park, (480) 982-4485: 70 campsites, hiking into Superstitions Mountains. Charcoal and propane fires only; wood campfires not allowed. No smoking while hiking.

• Patagonia Lake State Park, (520) 287-6965: 107 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach. Campfires OK in designated grills. Must provide own firewood; no gathering or cutting on park property. Smoking in camp areas only; no smoking while hiking.

• Picacho Peak State Park: Closed for the summer, May 18–Sept. 14.

• Roper Lake State Park, (928) 428-6760: 71 campsites, hot tub, fishing. Campfires and smoking restricted to developed areas only, no smoking while hiking.

Northern AZSP Campgrounds:

• Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, (928) 634-5283: 150 campsites, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, guided trail rides, campfires in fire rings.

• Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, (928) 537-3680: 92 hookup sites, 31 campsites, great fishing and swimming. Some fire restrictions.

• Lyman Lake State Park, (928) 337-4441: 61 campsites, four yurts, four cabins, fishing, waterskiing. Some fire restrictions. No smoking while hiking.

• Homolovi State Park, (928) 289-4106: 53 campsites, Hopi ruins, hiking. Campfires/smoking in developed areas only. No smoking while hiking.

• Slide Rock State Park, (928) 282-3034; Natural rock slide in a creek, hiking. No smoking except in vehicles. No fires, including charcoal and gas.

• Red Rock State Park, (928) 282-6907. No camping. Lots of hiking opportunities but no smoking on the trails.

Western AZSP Campgrounds:

• Alamo Lake State Park, (928) 669-2088: 250 campsites, excellent bass fishing, waterskiing, swimming. Campfires and smoking in designed areas only.

• Buckskin Mountain State Park & River Island, (928) 667-3231: 126 campsites, water sports, cabanas, beach. Campfires in designated grills, no smoking while hiking.

• Cattail Cove State Park, (928) 855-1223: 61 campsites. No wood fires, charcoal for cooking within a campsite or on a grill on the beach. Smoking at campsites and on beach only.

• Lake Havasu State Park, (928) 855-2784: 47 campsites, boat launches, park areas and swimming beach. Campfires in fire-rings; call for details. Smoking in camp areas; no smoking while hiking.

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