Arizona Board Opts to Close 13 State Parks
When the dust settled on the vote by the Arizona State Parks Board Friday (Jan. 15), the result was that 13 state parks will close, the final plan leaving open only nine parks — at least as part of the state park system, according to rvarizona.blogspot.com.
Some may stay open by reverting to previous owners or administrative agencies other than the state parks system, as did the Yuma Quartermaster Depot when taken over by the city of Yuma.
The parks closing will be closed in sequence with the first phase of closures beginning Feb. 22 and will include:
- Homolovi Ruins, Winslow.
- Lyman Lake, St. Johns.
- Riordan Mansion SHP, Flagstaff.
The next phase will close on March 29 and will include:
- Fort Verde SHP, Camp Verde.
- Roper Lake, Safford.
- Tombstone Courthouse SHP, Tombstone.
- Yuma Territorial Prison SHP, Yuma.
- Tubac Presidio SHP, Tubac.
The final phase will close on June 3 and include:
- Tonto Natural Bridge, Payson.
- Alamo Lake, Wenden.
- Lost Dutchman, Apache Junction.
- Picacho Peak, between Phoenix and Tucson.
- Red Rock, Sedona.
The nine parks that will stay open are:
- Kartchner Caverns, near Benson.
- Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City.
- Cattail Cove, Lake Havasu City.
- Slide Rock, Sedona.
- Catalina, near Tucson.
- Buckskin Mountain, near Parker.
- Patagonia Lake, Patagonia.
- Dead Horse Ranch, Cottonwood.
- Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low.