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7 Arizona State Parks That Are Great Alternatives To Grand Canyon National Park

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Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park is a breathtaking natural haven 40 miles outside of Phoenix, away from the busy Grand Canyon. It takes its name from a gold mine that might or might not be real.

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Red Rock State Park

With stunning views, this 286-acre state park and environmental teaching center is located in Arizona. Trails wind through the park's manzanita and juniper woodlands, arriving at the verdant banks of Oak Creek. 

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Slide Rock State Park

This park, which is located just north of Sedona in Oak Creek Canyon, provides a cool diversion from the Grand Canyon on hot days. Known for having one of the best swimming places in the Southwest, the creek changes into an organic water slide.

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Picacho Peak State Park

The westernmost action of the Civil War occurred about 76 miles southeast of Scottsdale, on the slopes of a mountain that is part of an eroded volcanic flow. The far violence of the past is a sharp contrast.

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Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park is a wonderful substitute for Grand Canyon State Park since it offers scenic beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campgrounds.

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Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park, created in 1975 and tucked away in the picturesque highlands of southeast Arizona, is a hidden gem with a wide range of recreational options. 

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Kartchner Caverns State Park

The longest stalactite structure in the world may be seen in Kartchner tunnels, which also introduces visitors to the mysterious world of tunnels. Marvel at Arizona's tallest natural column structure while taking a tour of a living cave.