State Parks' Family Campout Program Returns

Patti Bailey Waters | Red Rock State Park

Camping is a great family activity, but if you've never done it before, it can be intimidating. The solution: the Family Campout Program, which Arizona State Parks and Trails is bringing back for another year this spring.

The department says the campouts, which take place at seven of Arizona's most popular state parks, offer "a fun learning experience for families of all ages."

Participants in the program will learn how to camp in a tent, along with outdoor skills such as archery, geocaching and astronomy. The program provides tents, sleeping mats, camp chairs and activity equipment; families must bring sleeping bags, food and other personal items.

Registration is $90 for a family of up to four. The family campouts are on various dates in March, April and May, at Lost Dutchman, Catalina, Patagonia Lake, Fool Hollow, Red Rock, River Island and Dead Horse Ranch state parks.

For more information, visit the Family Campout Program website.

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