This year, April 16th through April 24th is officially designated as National Park Week to celebrate an impressive 100 years of enjoying the designated National Park System in America.  What does this mean for you?  It’s the perfect time to grab your loved ones and go make memories at that National Park you’ve been meaning to visit.  During National Park Week, fees are waived—-so you get in for free any day during that time frame.  FREE!  Tell me that’s not awesome and budget-friendly for families!

Visit the Grand Canyon on Saturday and hit up Sunset Crater and Wupatki on your way back to Phoenix on Sunday.  Going on a road trip out of AZ or coming here to get some of the AZ sunshine?  Add in a pit stop at Tuzigoot!  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to say they’ve been to that weird-named place in AZ anyway?

Of course, free entry applies to the National Parks all across America, but my goal here is to introduce you to the AZ ones, obviously.  If you can’t visit AZ, go take advantage of the free entry at a National Park near you and create a memory of a lifetime somewhere else.  But then add AZ to your future travel list.  🙂

Find your park here.



If you do live in Arizona, I’ve done the work for you and put together a list of 26 National Parks, Monuments, and Recreation areas within the state you can visit during park week:

  1. Canyon De Chelly
  2. Casa Grande Ruins
  3. Chiricahua
  4. Coronado
  5. Fort Bowie
  6. Glen Canyon
  7. Grand Canyon
  8. Hohokam Pima
  9. Hubbell Trading Post
  10. Juan Bautista de Anza
  11. Lake Mead
  12. Montezuma Castle
  13. Navajo
  14. Old Spanish
  15. Organ Pipe Cactus
  16. Parashant
  17. Petrified Forest
  18. Pipe Spring
  19. Saguaro
  20. Sunset Crater Volcano
  21. Tonto
  22. Tumacácori
  23. Tuzigoot
  24. Walnut Canyon
  25. Wupatki
  26. Yuma Crossing

(Note: this list is not comprehensive–just a good starting point.  Feel free to click on any of the links above for info on that specific location, and to confirm free entry during National Park Week.)

Grand Canyon 4
              Grand Canyon (North Rim) 

If you need help deciding where to visit in AZ, feel free to look back on my prior posts.  We’ve written about adventures at Wupatki, Sunset Crater, the North Side of the Grand Canyon.  And, be sure to bring your Park Passport Book to get your stamp! Who knows…maybe they’ll have a cool centennial stamp as well! If you have no clue what I’m referring to, that’s okay.  You can find out more here.

We’re still debating where we should go during National Park Week.  Any suggestions?  Throw ’em in the comments box!  If you end up visiting somewhere new, be sure to let us and the social media world know using the #NationalParkWeek hashtag.

Sunset Crater
             Sunset Crater

Happy Explorations!

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