Did State Parks Help You During COVID? Tell Us How for a Chance to Win!

March 18, 2021

PHOENIX – Arizona State Parks and Trails would like to learn how getting outside to one of the more than 30 state parks helped you during the pandemic. By submitting a short story about your experience, you could win great prizes to continue exploring the parks!

Arizona’s state parks and trails were named an essential service by Governor Ducey in March 2020 and have remained open and accessible to visitors. During a year with so many restrictions and closures, parks have remained one of the few open places to get away, get exercise, and get out of the house. Now, Arizona State Parks and Trails is asking people to share how the parks helped them during the pandemic.

The contest invites people who visited a park during the past year to write about their experience and how it helped them deal with a tumultuous time. Winners will be chosen for first, second and third place prizes and may be featured on Arizona State Parks social media accounts. The contest is open to anyone who visited a state park since March 2020, and winners under age 18 will need a parent or guardian to accept the prize. Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2021.

“During the last year, we had higher visitation and more reports of new visitors coming out to the parks,” said Executive Director Bob Broscheid. “As parks and outdoor spaces closed nearby, we remained open and available. Our trails, campsites, cabins and outdoor spaces were a great way to take a break and get a breath of fresh air.”

To enter the contest, visit AZStateParks.com/Together and submit your story. Qualifying stories must be about visiting one of the more than 30 state parks in Arizona and how it helped you deal with COVID-19.

Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners.

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Thompson at (480) 589-8877 - Email: pio@azstateparks.gov