The first step toward becoming an RVer is often a camping experience in a tent, and that’s what the state of Arizona is offering to introduce families to camping this spring.
Seven Arizona state parks are participating in the Arizona Family Campout Program in which the parks provide tents, sleeping mats, camp chairs and activities for a weekend of introductory camping. A camp coordinator will show families how to set up their tent and prepare outdoor meals. The families will participate in a service project and such activities as hiking, fishing, mountain biking or archery, depending on the park.
The family camping weekends are scheduled for March 7-8 and April 18-19 at Catalina State Park, March 14-15 and April 18-19 at Lost Dutchman State Park, April 11-12 at Cattail Cove State Park, April 11-12 and 25-26 at Kartchner Caverns State Park, May 2-3 at Red Rock State Park, and June 6-7 at Dead Horse Ranch and Lyman Lake state parks.
The program fee is $70 for a family of four. Additional family members are $5 each. Children must be older than 5 and no pets are allowed. For additional information and registration, visit AZStateParks.com/family.