Arizona State Parks' family campout program registration now open

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Are you looking to bring your family camping but weren't sure where to start? This programs is perfect for you.

The Arizona Family Campout Program is a one-weekend adventure designed for families who have little or no experience camping. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats and introduce families to the new adventure of camping at an Arizona State Park.

Over the course of the weekend, families will work with a Camp Coordinator and other families to learn how to set-up their tent and how to prepare a dinner, breakfast, and lunch outdoors. In addition there will be activities, including (depending on the park): mountain biking, hiking, fishing, archery, geocaching, animal demonstrations, campfire stories, birding, and more. Families will also get to work on a service project.

Registration is now open for spring sessions at AZStateParks.com/Family. The program fee is $70 for a family of four, with additional family members just $5 each. Children under five years old and all pets are not permitted. Registration is limited and is first-come, first-served. 

Participating state parks and weekend dates for spring 2015:

  • Catalina SP, Tucson (Session A): March 7 & 8
  • Lost Dutchman SP, Apache Junction (Session A): March 14 & 15
  • Cattail Cove SP, Lake Havasu City: April 11 & 12
  • Kartchner Caverns SP, Benson (Session A): April 11 & 12
  • Catalina SP, Tucson (Session B): April 18 & 19
  • Lost Dutchman SP, Apache Junction (Session B): April 18 & 19
  • Kartchner Caverns SP, Benson (Session B): April 25 & 26
  • Red Rock SP, Sedona: May 2 & 3
  • Dead Horse Ranch SP, Cottonwood: June 6 & 7
  • Lyman Lake SP, St. Johns: June 6 & 7

Families should bring food, sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, camping chairs, flashlights, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats, lanterns, GPS units, and all activity equipment.

Beverages provided include water, coffee, tea, and Gatorade. Snacks provided include: fruits, vegetables, granola bars and trail mix. Families are responsible for bringing for two lunches, dinner and breakfast. Menu ideas and packing tips are provided on the website at AZStateParks.com/Family.