You may or may not be familiar with REI’s recent PR campaign urging folks to #OptOutside, but there has been significant talk about opting to spend Black Friday outdoors instead of at retail shops dropping buckets of your hard earned money. REI introduced the idea and decided to forego the money they make in favor of letting their employees spend time doing what their business urges folks to do: go outside, get fresh air, be active, enjoy the beautiful world we live in.
I think it’s pretty cool personally (and a genius marketing idea if we’re being honest). After all, November 28, 2015 (the day after Black Friday), is Small Business Saturday followed by Cyber Monday. Plenty of time is dedicated that weekend by retailers trying to lure you into buying their product.
If you’re one of the people who will have Friday off and are choosing to #OptOutside, I’m presenting a few options around this beautiful state–which also happens that it’s expected to be a beautiful, sunny day.
Some expected temps this weekend consist of Phoenix: mid-60’s, Sedona: low 50’s, Tucson: mid-60’s. Nice clear skies and sunny weather; the perfect day to be outside!
If you visit REI in the next two days, you can get a pass for free entry to Arizona State Parks. There are plenty of national and state parks to choose from throughout the state (and at some point, I hope to be fortunate enough to cover them all right here on Copper & Cacti)!
Arizona State Parks (list courtesy of azstateparks.com):
- Alamo Lake State Park
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
- Buckskin Mountain State Park
- Catalina State Park
- Cattail Cove State Park
- Dead Horse Ranch State Park
- Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
- Fort Verde State Historic Park
- Homolovi State Park
- Jerome State Historic Park
- Kartchner Caverns State Park
- Lake Havasu State Park
- Lost Dutchman State Park
- Lyman Lake State Park
- McFarland State Historic Park
- Oracle State Park
- Patagonia Lake State Park
- Picacho Peak State Park
- Red Rock State Park
- Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
- River Island Unit
- Roper Lake State Park
- San Rafael State Natural Area
- Slide Rock State Park
- Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
- Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
- Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
- Verde River Greenway State Natural Area
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
- Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
If you prefer National Parks, Arizona’s got lots of those too.
Some do have the typical park fee, and others normally have no fee but donations are appreciated. Check before you go- each park in this post is linked directly to that park’s specific info.
I’ve read that some national parks will have free entry on Black Friday but as of now, it doesn’t appear any national parks in Arizona are participating in free entry. Here’s a list of National Parks in Arizona (courtesy of www.nps.gov):
- Canyon De Chelly
- Casa Grande Ruins
- Fort Bowie
- Glen Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Hohokam Pima
- Hubbell Trading Post
- Juan Bautista de Anza
- Lake Mead
- Montezuma Castle
- Old Spanish
- Organ Pipe Cactus
- Petrified Forest
- Pipe Spring
- Sunset Crater Volcano
- Walnut Canyon
- Yuma Crossing
(Note: these lists may not be comprehensive as there are also lots of monuments and historical places not listed here and some parks belong to Indian Reservations or other entities.)
Whether you plan to partake in Black Friday or to #OptOutside, have fun and be safe! We’ll be outdoors and I’ll be sure to post about it next week for you all. Be sure to keep an eye out for it and check back!
Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by those you love with lots of delicious food, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV (which I always have to watch), maybe a nap, and probably football!