Things to Do in Arizona – August 2020
We hope that this finds you well and safe in your homes.
Here in Arizona, with the number of Covid-19 cases still very high, we face another month where group gatherings/events are just not safe. As we are all sick and tired of “staying at home” it is now more important than ever to do just that.
On another note don’t forget to log into our Facebook Things to do in Arizona page to see weekly updates and for a more interactive experience join our Facebook group which now has over 7,700 members! We share ideas about events, restaurants, places to go and we even have a weekly photo contest. It is a really fun and positive group that shares a lot of ideas about what they are doing to get through these times. Here is the link to join us: Things to do in Arizona Group link.
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With safety in mind, here are a few ideas for “things to do”.
Arizona State Parks – many are open – all have restrictions. Here is the information from their website as of 7/31/2020.
Arizona State Parks and Trails is open for responsible outdoor recreation.
July 24, 2020: Masks are required in ranger stations, restrooms, stores or historic buildings. In outdoor areas, wear a mask if you are unable to socially distance. Some closures are still in effect. Cave tours at Kartchner Caverns have reopened with restrictions – see details below. A limited number of people are allowed inside each historic park at a time. Parking may be limited and there are capacity limits at each park (including campgrounds) to encourage social distancing.
No same-day reservations or extensions to existing reservations will be allowed.
Arizona State Parks and Trails is monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus for our state parks. We are taking the recommended precautions presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a safe experience for our visitors as they responsibly enjoy campsites, cabins and hiking trails throughout Arizona’s state parks. Arizona’s state parks are included in the list of essential services provided by Governor Ducey.
Alamo Lake State Park – camping loops C, D & E
Dead Horse Ranch State Park – group camping areas
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area – double campsites limited to one side
McFarland State Historic Park
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park – trails to the bridge and reservations at Goodfellow Lodge
National Parks in Arizona – many are closed. All have restrictions including many not having visitor’s centers and restroom facilities open. You can find more information here: https://www.nps.gov/state/az/index.htm Click on the “Alerts and Conditions” section for each park to find out the current state.
Get out and play some Disc Golf in Arizona!! Did you know that Arizona is home to 96 Disc Golf courses? Disc golf seems like a nice safe way to have fun while socially distancing yourself at the same time!! Check out the courses here: https://www.discgolfscene.com/courses/Arizona
Listen to the Arizona State Parks and Trails (Awesome) Podcast: Neil and Randee take you through the parks on a trip through the trails, from wildlife viewing to photography, to interviews with locals like Arizona Republic contributor and published author Roger Naylor. Five episodes are live now with more coming every other week! Kids, teens, and parents of all ages will enjoy this fun, outdoor education podcast!
Listen to the Here with Her Podcast
Arizona Coyotes host and local Kristen Keogh tours the state hiking and adventuring and empowering you to do the same! Join guests like Roger Naylor and Arizona State Parks’ own Neil Large for an insightful conversation about Arizona’s great outdoors.
Take a virtual tour through famous hikes like Flatiron and Picacho Peak, explore Dead Horse Ranch State Park, and more, all to a groovy soundtrack and right from your couch! We bring the outdoors directly to you so there’s no more being bored at home for anyone.
In 2019, AZ State Parks staff carried a heavy Google Trekker camera over 200 miles to map every trail in the state parks, and Google processed and uploaded the data to Google Earth and Maps. The information gives everyone the opportunity to take a virtual tour of a trail without having to physically climb or travel. For a preview of Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, a difficult trail to hike and an important memorial site, you can view the Google data here. For more parks, type the park name into the search bar, select street view, and drag the yellow person icon to the map to navigate the trail.
While the branches are closed, Phoenix Public Library offers various library digital services in the meantime! Grab an e-card or use your existing library card to check out e-books, e-audiobooks, music, movie, television and video streaming, newspapers and magazines! Take advantage of learning platforms and Ask a Librarian for university courses, typing, language, and driving classes, citizenship preparation guides, computer programming, and more!
OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland‘s #AQUArantine Series
From animals practicing social distancing, to horshoe crabs, to shark pups, you won’t be bored at home as long as you’ve got OdySea Aquarium‘s video feed! Spend an hour (or five) catching up on all the aquatic shenanigans! Get lesson plans, watch live animal cams, and check out the animals on OdySea’s Oceanic Adventure from home!
Grab 2 Tickets to Go to support the 6,000 animals being cared for at these sanctuaries. Buy two tickets now, use them for up to a year after reopening!
Do Arizona Themed Digital Jigsaw Puzzles!! Yes, there is such a thing:) https://arizonahistoricalsociety.org/education/digital-jigsaw-puzzles/
Snowbowl’s Scenic Skyride -Snowbowl,
Flagstaff – Memorial Day weekend kicks-off the summer season in Flagstaff and the easiest way to see northern Arizona is by taking the Skyride. All tickets must be purchased online and quantities are limited per day. To help manage capacity and encourage social distancing, two sessions are offered, morning (10am to 12pm) and afternoon (12 pm to 4 pm). Save 20% and beat the traffic by purchasing a morning ticket!
Please note: as of 6/19, masks are required at Snowbowl in accordance with the Coconino County proclamation. The number of guests within the resort boundaries will be managed at the entrance gate to ensure adequate space for social distancing. When capacity is reached, guests will be allowed in on a one-out, one-in basis.
$16-20, 10 am – 4 pm, 928-779-1951 or http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com
August 6th – August 10th – Cruise the Zoo – Phoenix Zoo – STAY COOL CRUISING THE ZOO!! Join us Thursday, August 6th through Monday, August 10th to enjoy cruising through the zoo. Tickets (including food, beverage, souvenir gifts and photo options) must be pre-purchased online. There will be a limit of 450 tickets sold per day. Once a limit is reached on a particular day, interested guests must select another day. Tickets can be used anytime beginning at 7 a.m., but the last vehicle MUST be in line at 11 a.m.Vehicle size must be no larger than a full-size long bed truck. Max vehicle specs are: 266″ L x 81″ W x 74″ H. https://www.phoenixzoo.org/cruisethezoo/
Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix – The Desert Botanical Gardens has reopened but it is limiting the number of visitors.
Current Hours of Operation
Friday – Sunday
6 a.m. – noon
last admission 11 a.m.
5 – 9 p.m.
last admission 8 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
7 a.m. – noon
last admission 11 a.m.
5 – 9 p.m.
last admission 8 p.m.
$14.95 for Adults
$9.95 for Children
FREE for Members
The Garden Shop & Patio Cafe will be open during these hours.
The safety of members, guests, staff and volunteers is the Garden’s primary concern. In keeping with CDC guidelines and current measures in the community, the Garden is limiting capacity and providing a touchless Admissions experience.
PLEASE NOTE THAT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, AS OCCUPANCY IS LIMITED For more information: https://dbg.org/reopening/
August 22nd -23rd and 29th – 30th – Apple Annie’s Green Chili Roast – Apple Annie’s Farm – Wilcox – Best green chilies in the southwest! Pick your own from our fields full of large and meaty green chilies. You won’t be disappointed. Need more than a few pounds? Take home a 50lb burlap of fresh-picked chilies. Any 50lb burlap of green chilies purchased will be roasted for free right in front of you in our very own chile roaster! Try free samples of each flavor of our chilies, mild, medium, and hot and take home a quart size in your favorite flavor of already roasted green chilis. https://www.appleannies.com/apples-annies-event-calendar.htm
Well, that is it for now. If you haven’t already this is a great time to join our Facebook Group – Things to Do in Arizona where we have a great group of people who love to share photos and experiences from across the state. Let’s stay connected virtually!
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Now more than ever – we hope that you have a very good and safe and healthy August.
David and Paula