Explore state parks near Peoria, AZ with 360-degree views
Starting this upcoming weekend is National State Park Week and that means it is a perfect time to become acquainted with the state parks in our area. Arizona has quite a few state parks, but we will focus on four state parks near Peoria, AZ that we think are worth paying a visit. Some state parks focus on the natural beauty of the state, which makes for great hiking trails. Other state parks focus on the history of the state. We have some of each, so come with us to learn about the state parks near Peoria, AZ that you should visit for National State Park Week 2019.
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park
Location: 2 miles south of Yarnell on southbound State Route 89
Information: This trail combines hiking, hills, and history. Enjoy the natural beauty of the hills as you hike along a 3.5-mile-long trail from the trailhead to the Fatality Site, where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters were killed in a fire on June 30, 2013.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Location: 10 miles north of Payson on Hwy 87
Information: Be sure to check out this park’s website to find current events taking place at the park. The main feature of this park is a hiking trail through a truly fantastic natural landmark.
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Fort Verde State Historic Park
Location: 125 E. Hollamon St. In Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Information: These last two options are historic parks, which means that they focus primarily on the history of the state. Fort Verde State Historic Park features original buildings from the Indian Wars period fort in Arizona.
Jerome State Historic Park
Location: 100 Douglas Road in Jerome, AZ 86331
Information: A beautiful mansion, the Jerome State Historic Park actually used to be a home, but now it is a museum dedicated to the area’s history.