The Arizona State Parks’ spring Family Campout Program will give families the opportunity to learn how to camp. The cost for a family of four is $70.

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For $85, a family of four can go on a one-night campout at an Arizona State park, with guides, activities and camping gear provided.

The Arizona Family Campout Program is designed for families that have little or no camping experience, but want to try it out. Sounds like a good way to test the waters without spending money on gear you might never use again.

Based on the park, participants ages and weather conditions, family activities include guided hikes, mountain bike clinic, archery, geocaching, fishing clinic, live animal demonstrations, campfire stories, presentations on geography, birding, geology and astronomy and a service project.

The program provides tents, sleeping mats, lanterns, gps units, first aid kits, all activity equipment, water, lemonade, coffee and all food, which includes one dinner, one breakfast, one lunch, daily snacks and goodies for the campfire.

Families bring their own sleeping bags or blankets, pillows, water bottles, flashlights, camp chairs and personal items. 

Campouts are being held at nine of Arizona's state parks including Buckskin Mountain, Catalina, Dead Horse Ranch, Kartchner Caverns, Lost Dutchman, Lyman Lake, Patagonia Lake, Red Rock and Yuma Quartermaster Depot.

Click here for information or to register.

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