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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson is one of 30 parks in that Arizona State Parks system.

Arizona State Parks has hired a consultant to explore whether a single concessionaire for all 30 state parks would save money, offsetting several years of deep budget reductions. Read more»

The lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, built around 1927, has been undergoing renovations for years.

State parks around Arizona have faced lean times for the past several years as lawmakers grappled with the budget deficit. Now park officials and supporters would like to make some improvements. Read more»

A visitor looks at the namesake attraction at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson.

After years of delivering deep cuts, lawmakers this session are discussing ways to give Arizona State Parks some more money and bring back a lottery-funded grant program the agency administered. Read more»

Lost Dutchman State Park, east of metro Phoenix, is one of 30 managed by Arizona State Parks that needs capital improvements.

Delaying capital improvements needed after years of deep budget cuts to Arizona State Parks will only exacerbate the problems and increase future costs, a state lawmaker said last week. "If you don’t take care of your infrastructure, it’s like not taking care of your house and if you let that little $2 item go and don’t fix it, you end up with a $100 repair bill." Read more»

More than 620,000 Arizonans will drive at least 50 miles for holiday travel this weekend, and that travel will be fueled by slightly lower gas prices over last year's holiday weekend. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks’ revenue from any further legislative sweeps was on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk Monday. Read more»

Catalina State Park, north of Tucson, is a magnet for hikers and nature lovers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenue from legislative sweeps skipped over the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, taking it one step closer to becoming law. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks from legislative sweeps of its gate and concession revenue won preliminary House approval Thursday after overcoming an attempt to narrow its scope. Read more»

Poppies make this trail in Catalina State Park north of Tucson a magnet for hikers.

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenues from budget sweeps and allow the agency to use the money for operations took its first step Thursday in the state House. Read more»

A view of the mountains at Oracle State Park, which is about 40 miles north of Tucson. The state park is reopening after two years of closure.

Arizona State Parks hasn’t received state funding since 2009, and only nine of the state’s 29 public parks have stayed consistently open throughout the budget crisis. Thanks to $21,000 raised by a local group, Oracle State Park is reopening to the public, if only on Saturdays. Read more»