KEN BURNS’S recent national parks documentary, America’s Best Idea, brought new eyes to Yosemite National Park in California and Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. A Yosemite park ranger recently told the AP that the series has resulted in a noticeable increase in park attendance.
But national parks like these can overshadow their smaller counterparts in the same area: the state parks of the American Southwest and West Coast.
Due to severe budget cuts, the Arizona State Parks Board plans to close 13 of its state parks between February and June. Other state park systems, including California’s, have struggled with budget cuts.
Every park offers something different. If you’re heading to the region, support the state park systems with your feet. Here are 10 that are especially worth a visit: