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Arizona State Parks Foundation (ASPF) is the statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and advocating for Arizona’s State Parks & Trails.  ASPF is committed to ensuring state parks and trail users affordable access to the finest possible experience while visiting Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Arizona State Parks Foundation stands as the partner to assist Arizona State Parks & Trails in fulfilling its mission through education, community participation and financial support.

Arizona State Parks and Trails Brings Home the Gold Medal for Best Managed State Park System

Arizona State Parks and Trails was selected as a Final Four candidate along with Tennessee State Parks; Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission; and Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails.

“This Gold Medal win is not just about the staff of Arizona State Parks and Trails," said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “This is about everyone in Arizona who contributes to our success or gets to enjoy our beautiful parks. It’s a huge honor to be considered the best-managed state park agency in the country, and we hope everyone will get out and see these amazing parks first-hand."

Executive Director Black accepted the award.

The Gold Medal Award honors state park systems throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative programs.


Kartchner Caverns State Park Receives International Dark-Sky Association Designation

As part of Arizona State Parks and Trails’ mission to preserve and protect Arizona’s natural resources, Kartchner Caverns State Park has been given the distinction of becoming an International Dark Sky Park, designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

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Award-Winning Family Campout Program Creates Fun-Filled Outdoor Adventures for One Weekend at a State Park

Join the fun at Arizona State Parks and Trails award-winning Family Campout Program this fall! The program gives kids a break from electronics and introduces them to new outdoor adventures for one-weekend at a state park.

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The foundation is aligned with the 2017-2022 5 -Year Plan in presenting four strategic pillars, optimizing system, vitality, conservation, social equity, and thriving individuals and communities.

We will work with and support the agency in implementing improved Programs.

  • Partnerships
  • Human, financial, natural and cultural resources
  • Economic impact
  • Operations
  • Development  and communications

“The beauty and diversity of ASPT are second to none in the country" said Sue Black, Executive Director “The strength of the system is our partnerships and people. As the stewards of the parks, we are laying a path to a sustainable future."