Arizona takes getting outdoors seriously!

Would you like some “pro” guidance on getting outdoors and camping? And especially for the kids so they have a good initial outdoor experience?

Arizona State Parks and Trails has a treat for you … the Family Campout Program. Families that have little or no experience camping can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and a night sleeping under the stars. The guides introduce participants to the great experiences that a family can share and be inspired to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Learn about tent camping, fishing, hiking, cooking, etc. Activities vary depending on the park, participant ages and weather conditions. Here’s a partial list:

  • Guided Hikes
  • Mountain Bike Clinic
  • Geocaching
  • Fishing Clinic
  • Archery
  • Live Animal Demonstrations
  • Presentations
    • Geography
    • Birding
    • Geology
    • Astronomy

The program provides:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Camp chairs
  • First aid kits
  • All activity equipment
  • Water, coffee, tea, sports drinks, daily snacks,
  • Dutch Oven dessert for dinner
  • Campfire treats

Families are responsible for bringing two lunches, dinner and breakfast, as well as sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, camping chairs, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc.

Sorry but children under 6 cannot attend this program, nor pets. And since the focus is on learning to tent camp, RVs are not allowed

The cost is $90 for a family of up to 4. Special arrangements are needed for families greater than four members, and the additional members are $5 each.

To learn more about camping and recreation opportunities in your Arizona State Parks, see this comprehensive guide.

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