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Arizona parks find a way to survive through COVID pandemic

In 2020, about 2.9 million people came from across the nation to Arizona’s 30 state parks and historic sites, which include Picacho Peak, where the westernmost Civil War battle was fought to a draw; the Tombstone courthouse where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday faced trial; and a memorial to the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 firefighters killed in a 2013 wildfire.... Read more»

Ducey boots Arizona Parks chief Sue Black; 3 other dep't heads out

Four directors of Arizona state government departments are leaving, with a pair out effective immediately: State Parks & Trails head Sue Black, who had been on administrative leave, and State Forester Jeff Whitney.... Read more»

Enviros pack Capitol to back wolves, parks

Scores of environmentalists from around Arizona joined Bahr for Environmental Day at the Capitol to back action on environmental issues such as protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf, supporting state parks and promoting renewable energy.... Read more»

State Parks celebrates 10 years of Kartchner Caverns tours

For 10 years now, the Big Room at the Kartchner Caverns has been open to visitors from mid-October through mid-April, when its resident bats migrate elsewhere, complementing the Throne Room that opened to visitors in 1999. Arizona State Parks celebrated the Big Room’s anniversary earlier this month with special speakers and presentations.... Read more»

Brewer vetoes state parks revenue bill

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill aimed at protecting Arizona State Parks’ revenue from legislative sweeps, but supporters said Friday they are optimistic about sending her a revised version this session.... Read more»

Attempt to revive Heritage Fund stalls in House

A lawmaker’s attempt to have Arizonans decide whether to revive the voter–approved Heritage Fund is stalled in the House.... Read more»

Az communities applaud bid to revive Heritage Fund

In 2010, lawmakers eliminated the Heritage Fund, pulling the plug on dozens of approved, construction-ready projects. Now, a state lawmaker is moving forward with a resolution that would put the Heritage Fund back on the ballot in November.... Read more»

Lawmaker wants State Parks funds off limits to budget sweeps

Arizona State Parks would be able to protect the revenue it raises from budget sweeps and use it for park operations under legislation proposed by a rural lawmaker.... Read more»

Off-roaders not stuck on paying for OHV decals

Owners of off-highway vehicles aren't purchasing the $25 tags required to ride on state land. Leonard Driscoll said he won't purchase a sticker because he doesn't like how state agencies use the money and doesn't feel obligated to fund programs that he says don't benefit riders. (with video)... Read more»

Despite budget cuts, Tombstone refuses to let state park die

Since the city of Tombstone took over Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park in April, after state budget cuts threatened the park and 18 others, the number of visitors has jumped 20 percent.... Read more»

Local efforts help stave off state park closures

Rock concerts and raffle tickets are saving endangered state parks across Arizona from closure.... Read more»

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Senate OKs bill to allow local gov'ts, businesses state parks

The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow local governments, private companies and American Indian tribes to temporarily take over operations and management of state parks.... Read more»

Homolovi Ruins

State park closings raise worries of artifact looting, vandalism

With the Homolovi Ruins State Park closed on Monday due to deep cuts to the Arizona State Parks budget, archaeologists and Hopi leaders worry about a return to the free-for-all days.... Read more»1