9 Arizona State Parks That Are Great Alternatives To Grand Canyon National Park

Lost Dutchman State Park: Beautiful natural refuge Lost Dutchman State Park offers visitors to the congested Grand Canyon. It takes its name from a gold mine that could or might not be real.

Red Rock State Park: With stunning vistas, this 286-acre state park and environmental teaching center is located in Arizona. Trails go through the park's manzanita and juniper woodlands, arriving at the verdant banks of Oak Creek.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: Located in a remote valley in Payson, Arizona, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is home to the largest naturally occurring travertine bridge in the world, which has developed over thousands of years.

Slide Rock State Park: This park, which is located just north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, provides a cool diversion from the Grand Canyon on hot days.

Picacho Peak State Park: The westernmost action of the Civil War occurred about 76 miles southeast of Scottsdale, on the slopes of a mountain that is part of an eroded volcanic flow.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park: Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which is by the Verde River and was named for a dead horse that was laying in a field when the previous owners purchased it in 1950, is only a short drive from Old Town Cottonwood.

Lake Havasu State Park: Lake Havasu State Park is a wonderful substitute for Grand Canyon State Park since it offers scenic beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites.

Patagonia Lake State Park: Patagonia Lake State Park, created in 1975 and tucked away in the picturesque highlands of southeast Arizona, is a hidden gem with a wide range of recreational options.

Kartchner Caverns State Park: The longest stalactite formation in the world may be seen in Kartchner tunnels, which also introduces visitors to the mysterious world of tunnels.