Arizona has 22 national parks (21 are open to the public) where people can see natural wonders, get historical perspectives, visit a museum, boat, hike and/or just picnic and enjoy Arizona.
On the map provided you'll find the locations of all the national parks in Arizona. You'll notice that there are no national parks in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, and where most Arizonans live. There are several, however, within a couple of hours from most Greater Phoenix locations, close enough for a day trip if that's all the time you have.
The national parks on the map with red markers are within 120 miles of Phoenix.
As you plan to visit Arizona's national parks, be aware that the weather is very different in different parts of the state, as are elevations of the parks. Dress accordingly, and be prepared for inclement weather in Northern Arizona during the winter.
National Parks Within Two Hours of Phoenix
North of Phoenix
Tonto National Monument (visitor center, cliff dwellings)
Montezuma Castle National Monument (museum, trails, cliff dwellings)
Tuzigoot National Monument (museum, trails)
South of Phoenix
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (museum, outdoor ruins trail)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (scenic drive, hiking, and camping)
Saguaro National Park (hiking, biking, scenic drive)
How to Get a National Parks Park Pass for Arizona State Parks
There are various types of passes for U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the National Parks like the Grand Canyon. Anyone can purchase an annual pass. Military and dependents can get a free annual pass. Seniors age 62 and over can get a lifetime access pass for a reasonable fee.
People with permanent disabilities can get a free pass. Certain volunteers at federal agencies can get a free pass.
Five Things to Know About Visiting a National Park in Arizona
1. Some national parks charge a per-person fee, some charge a per-vehicle fee and some are free for everyone. The links for each park are included in the map, and you can check on the fees there. The parks that charge don't charge very much! The Grand Canyon charges by the vehicle, and the permit is good for seven days. Of course, tours, boating and other activities arranged at the parks with third parties will have independent fees.
2. National Parks that normally charge a fee are free for everyone on the following dates: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (in January); National Park Week (in April); National Park Service Birthday (in August); National Public Lands Day (in September); and Veterans Day weekend (in November). Here is this year's schedule for free admission at the national parks.
3. At the parks that permit camping, you can check availability and make reservations at Recreation.gov.
4. Leashed pets (on leashes that are no more than 6 feet long) are allowed at National Parks, but may not be off the leash, tied up or confined.
What that means is that if you are planning to spend more than an afternoon, you should probably leave your pet at home. Don't assume that you can take your dog on the hiking trails without checking first with the National Park you'll be visiting.
5. Many parks have special events and activities during the year. Check the calendar. You'll find historical enactments, star parties, archaeology programs, bird walks, guided tours and more.
For more information, visit the U.S. National Park Service online.
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You can see all Arizona's National Park locations marked on this map. From there you can zoom in and out, etc.