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Arizona State Parks Pass

This article provides a brief overview of the Arizona State Parks Pass, which grants pass-holders access to recreation areas managed by the State of Arizona. (To learn more about the America the Beautiful Pass which grants visitors access to federal recreation areas, including National Parks, National Forests, and National Monuments, please read the separate article on this website on that topic.)

 What is the Arizona State Parks Pass? 

The Arizona State Parks Pass is an annual pass which grants pass-holders access to recreation areas managed by the State of Arizona. Pass purchasers obtain free access to most of the state-run parks which charge entrance fees as well as a year-long subscription to Arizona Highways magazine.

There are two kinds of Arizona State Parks Pass: a Standard Annual Pass and a Premium Annual Pass.

What is the Standard Annual Pass?

The Arizona State Parks Standard Annual Pass permits day-use access for the pass-holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle at most Arizona State Parks.

It does not permit daily entry to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and it does not permit daily entry at Lake Havasu State Park, Cattail Cove State Park, Buckskin Mountain State Park, Patagonia Lake State Park, River Island State Park, or Slide Rock State Park on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) and state holidays between April 1st and October 31st.

As of 2019, the Standard Annual Pass costs $75.

What is the Premium Annual Pass?

The Arizona State Parks Premium Annual Pass permits day-use access for the pass-holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle at all Arizona State Parks with the exception of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. (Anyone wanting day-use access to Lake Havasu State Park, Cattail Cove State Park, Buckskin Mountain State Park, Patagonia Lake State Park, River Island State Park, or Slide Rock State Park on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) and state holidays between April 1st and October 31st should purchase a Premium Annual Pass.)

As of 2019, the Premium Annual Pass costs $200.

Are active military members and/or veterans eligible for discounted prices?

Yes. Active military members and veterans may present proof of service upon entry to most (but not all) Arizona State Parks to receive a 50% discount on the price of a day-use pass. Military veterans who present VA-Certified proof of 100 percent service connected disability may obtain a day-use pass for free. For more information, please call (877) MY-PARKS.

Where may I purchase an Arizona State Parks Pass?

AZ State Park Passes may be purchased at any of the 35 Arizona State Parks, with the exception of Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Colorado River State Historic Park, McFarland State Historic Park, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. 

You also may purchase an AZ State Parks Pass online, at: https://azstateparks.com/reserve/annual-pass. Physical passes are mailed to purchasers after online orders are received. Neither order receipts nor scanned images of physical passes are valid for use.

You also may purchase an AZ State Parks Pass by telephone, at 877-MY-PARKS (877-697-2757) Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm MST.

Sources and further reading

Arizona State Parks and Trails – “Annual Passes and Gift Cards”: https://azstateparks.com/passes

Arizona State Parks and Trails – “Buy an Annual State Parks Pass”: https://azstateparks.com/reserve/annual-pass

Arizona State Parks and Trails – “Find Your Park”: https://azstateparks.com/find-a-park

Arizona State Parks and Trails – “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Arizona State Parks & Trails”: https://azstateparks.com/frequently-asked-questions-faq-about-arizona-state-parks-trails

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