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Top Picnic Places In Arizona

Top Picnic Places In Arizona

With the weather getting warmer, who doesn’t want to spend more time outdoors? So gather your family and have yourself a picnic.

This spring season, consider having a picnic at one of the following locations:

Northern Arizona

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located in Cottonwood and covers 423 acres of land that includes 10 hiking trails, 22 campground sites and two picnic areas. Situated near the Verde River, Dead Horse Ranch has abundant flora and wildlife that changes depending on the season.

675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
(928) 634-5283

Red Rock State Park is another great place to have a picnic. This park’s signature red rocks and lush greenery are the perfect scenery for having lunch outdoors. Red Rock also has many hiking trails: The Coyote Ridge Trail, Kisva Trail, Yavapai Ridge Trail, Javelina Trail and Rattlesnake Ridge, which rises above the Twin Cypress picnic area.

4050 Red Rock Loop Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-6907

Slide Rock State Park, named after the slippery creep bottom nearby, is another Sedona favorite for picnicking. Aside from its nature trails, Slide Rock also has a wading and swimming area that’s perfect for cooling off. Its apple barn offers seasonal apple picking, and Slide Rock Market has snacks and picnic supplies.

6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-3034

Eastern Arizona

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located three miles west of Superior. It features Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, beautiful vistas, natural habits, a desert lake, picnic areas and a visitor center. This is the perfect place to admire nature while picnicking.

37615 U.S. Hwy 60
Superior, AZ 85273
(520) 689-2811

Another park that made this top picnic places list is named after one of Arizona’s lost gold mines. Lost Dutchman State Park is located five miles north of Apache Junction and is at the base of Superstition Mountains. Along with hiking and nature trails, picnic facilities and 35 campsites are offered throughout the year.

6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85219
(480) 982-4485

Southern Arizona

Patagonia Lake is a popular spot to have a picnic. Camping sites are offered depending on how much you want to rough it. They range from undeveloped spots to places with running water and electricity. Patagonia includes picnic ramadas, a swimming beach and a boat rental store.

400 Patagonia Lake Rd.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 287-6965

Roper Lake State Park is another great place for a picnic. There are two sections to the park: Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond. Roper offers a 30-acre lake, a natural stone hot tub, an island, a beach and campsites. Dankworth Pond has picnic ramadas, an Indian village and a playground.

101 E. Roper Lake Rd.
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 428-6760

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is part park, part museum. It has a gift shop, a museum inside the courthouse and a courtyard. The courtyard is a perfect spot to have a picnic after exploring the park and exhibits.

219 Toughnut St.,
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-3311

Western Arizona

Alamo Lake State Park is located about 40 miles north of Wenden. The lake is a great fishing spot and is known for its large mouth bass. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy at Alamo Lake, such as wildlife watching, hiking amongst beautiful scenery, and, of course, picnicking. Alamo Lake State Park has an amazing view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

(928) 669-2088

Encanto Park, also known as Enchanted Island, is a beautiful urban oasis that’s perfect for a family picnic. This 222-acre park offers children rides, pedal boating, a lake and scenic views. Enjoy your picnic under the many ramadas or pick a spot near the water.

1202 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 254-1200

Fountain Hills Park has large oak trees that are perfect for spreading a picnic blanket under. Watch the majestic, world-famous fountain while having lunch. Other features of Fountain Hills Park include a playground, 35-acres of turf, a lake and many picnic tables and benches.

12925 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Sedona, Ariz.

Slide Rock And Red Rock State Parks In Sedona

Sedona is known for the natural beauty of  its stunning red rocks that the locals have affectionately named and shamelessly promote. You can enjoy the natural sculptures of Sedona by visiting a vortex, drinking in the beauty of Slide Rock State Park or hiking in Sedona’s Red Rock State Park.

Experience a Sedona Vortex

Sedona, Ariz.Ask any of the locals what to do in Sedona, and they recommend watching the sunset from Airport Mesa. Airport Mesa also happens to be a vortex location. Believers of the metaphysical consider a vortex a high-energy spot, and Sedona has a handful. The vortex is a common ground for the kinetic energy to influence the life in and around a particular area. Visitors to vortexes claim a tingling sensation, a refreshed outlook and inner peace. Is there an unseen force at work? Or are these feelings, commonly reported by visitors and locals, just a state of mind?

It can’t be denied that Airport Mesa has one of the best sunset views in Sedona. The limited parking fills up fast an hour before sunset. If you aren’t an enthusiastic outdoor athlete or hiker, this vortex and scenic look out is perfect. The 3.5 mile, circular trail is not too strenuous or difficult and offers easily accessible views of other popular rock formations such as Coffee Pot rock, Courthouse rock, Bell rock and Cathedral rock, just to name a few. It may be that the crowds at this easily accessible vortex throw off the claimed energy field that is found on Mini Mesa. Maybe, to feel the energy of a vortex, you have to feel as though you have escaped the crowds, alone and absorbing nature.

You can check out the Sedona vortexes with this vortex map.

Slide Rock State Park

This Arizona state park is one of the best summer destinations that offers natural beauty and fun in one. The smooth natural rock formations of the river bed and the rushing water offer a natural water slide, while the large flat stones on the bank provide a fabulous place for sunbathing and catching up on that latest novel. It can become extremely crowded during warmer weather, so if you want to escape the crowds, hike up the river and immerse yourself in a still-water pool or observe the wildlife stopping for a drink.

Sedona, Ariz.

In the winter it may be too cold to enjoy swimming in the creek, but the hikes and the views are breathtaking especially with a fresh snowfall. The Slide Rock State Park used to be the Pendley homestead, a 43-acre apple orchard that was developed by Frank L. Pendley in 1910. The Pendley Homestead Historic District was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places in Dec. 1991. The Pendley apple farm is one of the few homesteads still preserved in Oak Creek Canyon. Enjoy the history of the apple farm as a scenic and cinematic destination, James Stewart’s “Broken Arrow” was filmed here along with others, and hike the Pendley Homestead Trail (.25 miles), Slide Rock Route (.3 miles), or Clifftop Nature Trail (.25 miles).

Summer or winter, plan your visit to Slide Rock State Park in Sedona.

Red Rock State Park

The Red Rock State Park is located on the south side of Sedona along the 89A and had numerous trails suitable for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The 286-acre nature preserve includes a 1.4-mile stretch of Oak Creek that flows through this amazing riparian habitat.

The park also features an environmental educational center with daily activities such as a daily guided nature walk at 10 a.m. and an educational presentation at 2 p.m. The guided nature walk is lead by a naturalist who explains the ecosystem and habitat of the Red Rock State Park and Oak Creek. The walk lasts about one-and-a-half to two hours and covers the wildlife, vegetation and archaeology of the area. The educational presentation led by a park ranger or a guest speaker can be a combined indoor/outdoor activity that includes a specific, special presentation and on occasion an outdoor hike. Bring water and your camera!

Check the Red Rock State Park website for a calendar of events.