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PHOENIX — Memorial Day is Monday and Arizona State Parks and Trails has created a list of possible activities for those who wish to spend the day exploring the state’s outdoor areas.

“Need to unwind and spend a weekend on the water or in cooler temps? Then look no further than Arizona State Parks, where adventure or relaxation await all over the state! A quick road trip could be the best vacation you’ve had all year,” a press release from the agency said.

Various activities suggested by the agency are:

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Take a drive to Payson to experience the beauty of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Picnic on the grounds, then hike down to see the bridge from a new angle. Javelina and deer frequently visit, and while you’re nestled in the view of the mountains with the sun setting on them, you may forget there are cities to go back to.

Homolovi State Park. For amazing views, cooler weather and a chance to learn about the Hopi culture, visit Homolovi State Park near Winslow. The park has RV and tent camping spots plus night skies that will surround and amaze you. Take a hike along one of the trails and see reminders of those who came before you.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park. If you want to make the most of your getaway, set up camp at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and enjoy fishing, strolling around the lagoons or kayaking on the Verde River. Then, take a quick day trip north to explore Red Rock State Park and Jerome State Historic Park.

Buckskin Mountain State Park. Nothing beats a vacation along the Colorado River. Agency staffers recommend stopping at Buckskin Mountain State Park, where you can be as adventurous as you want to be. Whether you launch your boat for some water fun or take a hike over to River Island State Park, you’ll have a weekend you’ll never forget.

More information about activities in Arizona State Parks is available online at AZState Parks.com.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.