Publications

Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 30 State Parks and Natural Areas. The agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more. Arizona State Parks manages 8 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in Arizona.* On this page you can download information and publications on a wide range of topics.

Arizona State Parks

State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

 

 
2013 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The 2013 SCORP includes research on Arizona’s outdoor recreation situation, national trends, and other influences. Special sections include the benefits of parks and recreation, outdoor recreation and tourism, wildlife related recreation, and reports on trails, off-highway vehicles, boating, and cultural resources.

The 2013 SCORP also features the results of an online survey with Arizona’s parks and recreation providers and land managing agencies. Other survey results highlight changes that have occurred from the perspective of outdoor recreation users in Arizona during the last five years. The 2013 SCORP is available for downloading as one document, below:

SCORP 2013
Complete 2013 SCORP Report
(PDF Document 5 MB PDF)
References and Appendices (PDF Document 32 MB PDF)

 
2008 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Complete 2008 SCORP Report (PDF Document 12 MB PDF)
References and Appendices (PDF Document 5 MB PDF)

 
Agency Annual Reports

FY13 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2013: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
FY13 Annual Report (PDF Document 4.2 MB PDF)

FY12 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2012: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012
FY12 Annual Report (PDF Document 8.5 MB PDF)

FY11 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2011: July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
FY11 Annual Report (PDF Document 1.8 MB PDF)

FY10 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2010: July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010
FY10 Annual Report (PDF Document 9.8 MB PDF)

FY09 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2009: July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009
FY09 Annual Report (PDF Document 10 MB PDF)

FY08 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2008: July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008
FY08 Annual Report (PDF Document 3.7 MB PDF)

Fiscal Year 2007: July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007
FY07 Annual Report (PDF Document 2.6 MB PDF)

 
2012-2017 Five Year Strategic Plan

The Arizona State Parks Board (ASPB) was created in 1957 as a government agency with the purposes and objectives to include acquiring, preserving and maintaining areas of natural features, scenic beauty, and historic and scientific significance, pleasure recreation and health of Arizona’s people.

In the last 55 years 32 parks have been added to the State Parks system and many different programs are now being managed by the Agency. Federal Grant programs include the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Programs which include both motorized and nonmotorized divisions, and the Federal Historic Grant Program.

The state grant programs include the State Lake Improvement Fund, recently eliminated Heritage Fund *$10 million for rural communities, Law Enforcement and Boating Safety Fund (transferred to Game and Fish in 2011), and voter protected Land Conservation Fund ($20 million per year) which ended in 2011. Grants will be distributed from that Fund until the monies are disbursed. Another state-­‐wide program, the State Historic Prservation Office was added to the agency in 1982 and manages. The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of Arizona State Parks, assists private citizens, private institutions, local governments, tribes, and state and federal agencies in the identification, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of historic and archaeological properties that have significance for local communities, the State of Arizona, or the Nation. The role and function of the SHPO is defined in both state law (Arizona Historic Preservation Act) and federal law (National Historic Preservation Act, as amended.)

2012-2017 Five Year Strategic Plan (PDF Document 3.5 MB PDF)

 
OHV Sticker Fund Report

State Parks Board report to the Arizona Legislature regarding OHV funds. Published September 2012.
2012 OHV Sticker Fund Report
(PDF Document 124 KB PDF)
2011 OHV Sticker Fund Report (PDF Document 55 KB PDF)

 
Economic Impact Report

Arizona State Parks Economic Impact Report: Executive Summary (PDF Document 265 KB PDF)

Arizona State Parks Economic Impact Report (PDF Document 2.7 MB PDF)
Prepared by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center, Center for Business Outreach, The W. A. Franke College of Business, Northern Arizona University. Published February 2009.

Executive Summary
Economic Impact ReportArizona State Parks have a significant economic impact on the communities and counties in which they are located. A state park’s value is, of course, not measured by economic impact alone. Parks enhance community quality-of-life and preserve priceless historic, cultural, and recreational resources for residents and visitors from around the world.  However, communities are increasingly recognizing that State Parks improve the economic well-being of rural counties and serve as an important tourism resource. 

This report analyzes the impact of 27 Arizona State Parks on the economies of the 13 counties in which they are located. The economic impact of a state park is a function of visitor population and direct visitor spending, combined with multipliers (that vary across counties) reflecting the extent of re-circulation of visitors’ money in the local economy. Thus, this study of the economic impact of Arizona State Parks produced the following findings:

  • Total visitation to the Arizona State Park system fell from 2,513,401 in FY01 to 2,298,155 in FY07, a decline of 8.6 percent.

Direct spending by Arizona State Park visitors totaled $162,799,442 in FY07.

  • Per person spending at Arizona State Parks totaled $70.84 in 2006-07. 

Arizona State Parks are divided into three types – Conservation Parks (4 parks), Historic Parks (9 parks), and Recreation Parks (14 parks). 

  • The combined total economic impact (direct spending, indirect and induced impacts) of each park type on Arizona counties was:
    • Recreation parks – $156.8 million
    • Historic parks – $35.4 million
    • Conservation parks – $32.2 million
  • As a group, recreation parks generated the largest visitation and economic impact. The three recreation parks with the largest total economic impact were:
    • Lake Havasu State Park (Mohave County) - $34.5 million in 2007
    • Slide Rock State Park (Coconino County) - $30.1 million in 2007
    • Catalina State Park (Pima County) - $19.6 million in 2007
  • Calculated at the state level for FY07, the total economic impact of Arizona State Parks on the state was $266,436,582.
Arizona State Parks by County Income and Jobs
FY 2007
Park / County Total County Income ($) Total County Jobs
Lyman Lake (Rec) $2,447,506 35
   Apache County Total $2,447,506 35
Tombstone Courthouse (His) $7,225,150 101
Kartchner Caverns (Con) $12,333,199 188
   Cochise County Total $19,558,349 289
Riordan Mansion (His) $6,781,494 101
Slide Rock (Rec) $30,087,905 422
   Coconino County Total $36,869,399 523
Tonto Natural Bridge (Rec) $3,621,346 38
   Gila County Total $3,621,346 38
Roper Lake (Rec) $5,724,685 77
   Graham County Total $5,724,685 77
Alamo Lake (Rec) $5,608,937 72
Buckskin Island (Rec) $10,456,400 137
   La Paz County Total $16,065,337 209
Cattail Cove (Rec) $13,184,301 187
Lake Havasu (Rec) $34,514,609 484
   Mohave County Total $47,698,910 671
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Rec) $5,824,440 73
Homolovi (His) $3,501,468 44
   Navajo County Total $9,325,908 117
Catalina (Rec) $19,604,659 262
   Pima County Total $19,604,659 262
Boyce Thompson (Con) $2,644,753 20
Lost Dutchman (Rec) $4,190,586 46
McFarland (His) $613,318 6
Picacho Peak (Rec) $2,453,130 26
Oracle (Con) $217,474 3
   Pinal County Total $10,119,261 101
Patagonia Lake (Rec) $8,974,106 128
Tubac Presidio (His) $256,377 4
   Santa Cruz County Total $9,230,483 132
Dead Horse Ranch (Rec) $10,135,704 143
Fort Verde (His) $2,420,337 33
Jerome (His) $7,006,241 93
Red Rock (Con) $17,005,170 225
   Yavapai County Total $36,567,452 494
Yuma Territorial Prison (His) $5,815,585 84
Yuma Quartermaster Depot (His) $1,826,521 26
   Yuma County Total $7,642,106 110


Note: Abbreviations in parentheses refer to Park Type:
Rec = Recreation Park; His = Historic Park; Con = Conservation Park.
For a full explanation of the methodology used to calculate the data in this table, please download the full Economic Impact Report

 
Final Report of Governor Brewer’s Task Force on Sustainable State Parks Funding 

Task Force on Sustainable State Parks Funding
Members of the Task Force on Sustainable State Parks Funding.

Established in March 2009 by Governor Jan Brewer, the Task Force on Sustainable State Parks Funding was directed to investigate how to make the parks system financially sustainable. The Task Force issued their final report on October 30, 2009. Their final report includes background information and recommendations.

The final report also includes references to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University's study “The Price of Stewardship: The Future of Arizona's State Parks.” Download that report at the Morrison Institute website. External Link

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State Parks Task Force Final Report
(PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF) Final Report, 18 pages.

 

 
Estimate of In-State vs. Out-of-State Visitors

Estimate of In-State vs. Out-of-State Visitors
Vistation FY 2008
Park Visitation
(FY 2008)
% of In-State Visitors
(Estimate)
% of Out-of-State Visitors
(Estimate)
Alamo Lake 64,885 64 36
Boyce Thompson 73,174 58 42
Buckskin Island 93,709 24 76
Catalina 168,874 65 35
Cattail Cove 94,179 23 77
Dead Horse Ranch 133,822 60 40
Fool Hollow Lake 110,741 84 16
Fort Verde 15,992 39 61
Homolovi 15,200 30 70
Jerome 60,114 28 72
Kartchner Caverns 160,013 54 46
Lake Havasu 248,851 30 70
Lost Dutchman 100,424 51 49
Lyman Lake 42,018 44 56
McFarland 4,945 54 46
Oracle 9,898 69 31
Patagonia Lake 178,505 78 22
Picacho Peak 98,565 54 46
Red Rock 79,617 26 74
Riordan Mansion 26,209 46 54
Roper Lake 85,939 66 34
Slide Rock 249,759 37 63
Tombstone Courthouse 52,588 32 68
Tonto Natural Bridge 87,930 68 32
Tubac Presidio 12,835 53 47
Yuma Quartermaster Depot 11,676 20 80
Yuma Territorial Prison 67,851 36 64

The percentages are the reported in-state and out-of-state visitor percentages from the FY07 Arizona State Parks Visitor Survey. Out-of-State Visitors include international visitors.
Estimate of In-State vs. Out-of-State Visitors (PDF Document 41 KB PDF)

 
Grants Annual Report

Grants Section FY 2012 Annual Report (PDF Document 64 KB PDF)
Grants Section FY 2009 Annual Report (PDF Document 153 KB PDF)
Grants Section FY 2008 Annual Report (PDF Document 247 KB PDF)
Grants Section FY 2007 Annual Report (PDF Document 252 KB PDF)
The Grants Section of Arizona State Parks is responsible for managing eight grant programs administered by the Arizona State Parks Board. More than $32 million is available annually to Arizona communities, resource managers and agencies to preserve and enhance Arizona’s significant natural open space, cultural and recreational resources. Learn more Grant Programs

 
Arizona Trails 2010: A Statewide Motorized & Non-Motorized Trails Plan

Arizona Trails 2010 PlanThis is the Final Version of this document.

This planning document details the results of extensive surveys of Arizonans’ thoughts, preferences and priorities regarding trails and OHV routes. Throughout the year 2008, staff at Arizona State Parks and faculty at Arizona State University partnered to solicit information from more than 5,500 Arizonans about what types of motorized or non-motorized trails they use, how often they use trails, what they like or don’t like about trails, and what trail managers should focus their time and dollars on to make the trail experience better. The questions were asked via telephone, online (Internet), mail, at public meetings and open forums, and in the field at trailheads. The survey and workshop results can be found throughout this document and in the appendices. They form the foundation for the priority recommendations and actions that are at the heart of the Plan. These priority recommendations will be used to develop grant rating criteria and distribute funds from the Arizona Trails Heritage Fund, Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program.

This Plan includes both motorized and non-motorized trail information, public involvement results and recommendations for future actions regarding trails in Arizona. This Plan, which supercedes the Arizona Trails 2005 Plan, was prepared by Arizona State Parks as required by state legislation (off-highway vehicle recreation plan, A.R.S. § 41-511.04 (20) and trails plan § 41-511.22).

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Arizona Trails 2010 Plan
(PDF Document 15 MB PDF) Final Version, 318 pages.

 
2012 Watercraft Survey Report

2012 Arizona Watercraft Survey Executive Summary (PDF Document 415 KB PDF) To be posted soon.
2012 Arizona Watercraft Survey (PDF Document 847 KB PDF) 127 pages.
Prepared by: Behavior Research Center, Inc. May 2012 Prepared for: Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Game & Fish Department, Arizona State Parks

Overview
Watercraft Survey ReportsThe Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AGFD) and the Arizona State Parks Board (ASPB) are required, under Arizona Revised Statutes (Sec. 28-5926), to conduct a study every three years on watercraft fuel consumption and recreational watercraft usage. The primary purposes of this effort are as follows:

  1. To determine the percentage of total state taxes paid to Arizona for motor vehicle fuel that is used for propelling watercraft; and
  2. To determine the number of days of recreational watercraft use in each of the state’s counties by boat use days and person use days.

The fuel consumption data is collected to determine the allocation of motor vehicle fuel tax to the State Lake Improvement Fund (SLIF). The information on recreational watercraft usage patterns on Arizona’s lakes and rivers is necessary, in part, to determine the distribution of SLIF funds to applicants.

Previous Editions
2009 Arizona Watercraft Survey Executive Summary (PDF Document 415 KB PDF) 22 pages.
2009 Arizona Watercraft Survey (PDF Document 797 KB PDF) 135 pages.
2006 Arizona Watercraft Survey (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)

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State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

 
SHPO Report on State Agency Compliance

SHPO FY 2012-13 Report on State Agency Compliance (PDF Document 431 KB PDF)
SHPO FY 2011-12 Report on State Agency Compliance (PDF Document 456 KB PDF)
SHPO FY 2010-11 Report on State Agency Compliance (PDF Document 400 KB PDF)
SHPO FY 2009-10 Report on State Agency Compliance (PDF Document 3 MB PDF)
SHPO FY 2008-09 Report on State Agency Compliance (PDF Document 2.1 MB PDF)
Arizona State Statutes §41-861 through §41-864 direct state agencies to: preserve historic properties under their ownership or control; consider the use of historic properties for agency responsibilities; establish a program to locate, inventory, and nominate properties to the Arizona Register of Historic Places; insure that properties are not destroyed or substantially altered by state action or assistance; make appropriate documentation in accordance with State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) standards if a property is destroyed or altered; and seek review and comment from the SHPO on agency plans. This report provides a summary of the performance of state agencies in compliance with these state statutes. The information provided was compiled from SHPO records and an agency self-evaluation questionnaire. Learn more SHPO

 
AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (July 2012 to June 2013)

2013 AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (PDF Document 2.3 MB PDF)
2012 AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (PDF Document 610 KB PDF)
2011 AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)
2010 AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (PDF Document 395 KB PDF)
2009 AZSITE Consortium Annual Report (PDF Document 852 KB PDF)
In 1995, three state agencies and one private museum signed a memorandum of agreement that created the AZSITE Consortium, with the multi-year goal to computerize and share electronically archaeological and historical site files for the State of Arizona. In 2006, Governor’s Executive Order 2006-03 named the Consortium, and the original four founding agencies as the official decision making and planning body within Arizona’s Executive Branch for the AZSITE database and GIS inventory of Arizona’s historical and archaeological properties.

 
GAAC Annual Report (July 2013 to June 2014)

2014 GAAC Annual Report (PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF)
2013 GAAC Annual Report (PDF Document 2 MB PDF)
2012 GAAC Annual Report (PDF Document 180 KB PDF)
2011 GAAC Annual Report (PDF Document 180 KB PDF)
2010 GAAC Annual Report (PDF Document 1.5 MB PDF)
The Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission (GAAC) is a statutory body charged with advising the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) on archaeological issues in Arizona. GAAC is composed of 11 members with expertise in prehistoric or historic archaeology, anthropology, tourism, public education, economic development, business, and Native American affairs.

 
Places to Remember: Guidance for Inventorying and Maintaining Historic Cemeteries

To help commemorate Arizona’s centennial on February 14, 2012, a centennial project was begun to inventory and promote the protection of historic cemeteries throughout the state. Historic cemeteries were chosen as the focus of a centennial project because they are important irreplaceable resources many of which are in danger of being lost through neglect, natural erosion, and vandalism. As the Arizona Centennial approached, it seemed appropriate that an organized statewide effort be undertaken to locate, inventory and provide guidance for the conservation and maintenance of these significant properties.

2012 Guidance for Inventorying and Maintaining Historic Cemeteries (PDF Document 8.4 MB PDF)
2012 Historic Cemeteries by County (PDF Document 474 MB PDF)

 
Arizona Historic Preservation Plan 2014

SHPO Plan 2009 Arizona Historic Preservation Plan 2014 (PDF Document 4.3 MB PDF)
The immediate future presents challenges great enough to sink us in despair unless we apply that most basic element of American character, optimism. American optimism is the force that transforms challenge into opportunity, the vision that sees risk as a chance for enterprise, the determination to proceed even if prospects appear gloomy. The Arizona Historic Preservation Plan of 2009 takes courage from the successes of our previous efforts and finds reassurance in the support of an ever-larger portion of the state’s citizenry. With faith in the public value of our work and dedication to the mission we have been entrusted to further, the Plan offers goals and objectives crafted to advance the tasks necessary to ensure that Arizona remains a prosperous and fulfilling home to the individuals and families who now and in the future will make it their home.

The Plan describes a number of principles that will guide the activities of the State Historic Preservation Office and are offered to our current and potential partners as means of achieving mutually beneficial outcomes:

  • Dedication to the public value of our mission
  • Fortitude in the face of challenges
  • Optimism despite setbacks
  • Perseverance despite a seemingly overwhelming task
  • Joy taken in past and present success
  • Gratitude for the help we receive and the friendships we establish
  • Satisfaction from the process as well as the outcomes of our work

Arizona Historic Preservation Plan 2009 (PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF)
In effect through May 2014. See update above.

Arizona Historic Preservation Plan 2000 (PDF Document 2.6 MB PDF)
In effect through March 2007

 
Historical Archaeology Research Guide

2013 Historical Archaeology Research Guide (PDF Document 9.4 MB PDF)
Compiled by James E. Ayres, Carol Griffith, and Teresita Majewski. With Contributions by The Historical Archaeology Advisory Committee, Thomas Jones and Archaeological Consulting Services, Ltd.
Sixth Revised Edition, June 2013, this guide will direct you to resources for researching a historical place or person in Arizona. Categories include maps, photographs, architectural plans and drawings, local histories, mining records, newspapers, and more. The appendices include bibliographies of material culture sources and background resources as well as historical archaeology reports. Revised June 2013. Learn more about SHPO.

 
Arizona Heritage Preservation Education Materials

by Carol J. Ellick: An annotated bibliography of archaeological, architectural, and preservation education materials relating to Arizona for grades K–12.

Annotated Bibliography of Arizona Heritage Preservation Education Materials (PDF Document 342 KB PDF).

Context Study Guides

These publications compile research and evaluation of several topics that are key to understanding Arizona history, prehistory, and resources. Topics include Homesteading, Commerce in Phoenix, Gold and Silver Mining, the Chinese in Arizona, the United States Military in Arizona, Transcontinental Railroading, Prehistoric Rock Art, Historic Trails, Prehistoric to Historic Transition Period, and Paleoindian and Archaic Sites. The newest context study, Prehistoric Water Utilization and Technology in Arizona, is now available! To order, visit the Arizona State Parks Gift Catalog.

Videos

How can older towns revitalize their languishing downtown districts? And what gives these historic downtowns their distinctive character? A lively video called "Arizona's Towns: Planning the Past, Saving the Future" explores these issues by showing design charrettes held in Winslow and Globe. The 28-minute video was produced for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service by the Joint Urban Design Program of Arizona State University. To order, please print out an To order, visit the Arizona State Parks Gift Catalog.

 
* Source: Arizona 2008 Tourism Facts, Year-End Summary, by the Arizona Office of Tourism External Link.

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