Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

is a large state park in central-west Arizona. Created to memorialize the 19 brave firefighters — the Granite Mountain Hotshots — who died battling the blaze of the Yarnell Hill Fire, the park spans 320 acres. It stands where the firefighters fought to turn the site of destruction into one of natural beauty and fun.

Whether you're here for a good hike, to pay tribute to the fallen heroes or to simply gaze out at that magnificent view as you journey, it's all here for you and totally free. Before you set out, however, it's crucial to learn about what the park has in store for you. Keep reading to find out what to expect when you visit the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park.

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Weather
Spring 50-89 F
Summer 71-91 F
Fall 39-75 F
Winter 40-63 F
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Nearby Cities
Yarnell, AZ
Peeples Valley, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

Since Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park doesn't have camping facilities for either tents or RVs, you'll need to find a place to stay in the surrounding area while on vacation. Thankfully, you've got a good number of options.

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or testing the waters, you'll find that a recreational vehicle offers the best way to enjoy your trip to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. If you don't own an RV, you could try renting one from RVshare. The platform connects you with RV owners in your area, helping you save money while also ensuring you've got a quality RV to use on your vacation.

Oak Park Motel & RV Park

Oak Park Motel & RV Park is barely a 4-minute drive from the state park, making it the perfect place to stay on your trip. In addition to spaces for RVs, the property also has motel rooms available for those traveling by car. You'll get a nice respite from the hot Arizona sun while staying at Oak Park.

Features:

 • Full electrical, water and garbage hookups

 • On-site laundromat

 • Expansive RV parking spaces

 • Motel rooms and apartments

 • Flexible pricing for different options (call ahead for rates)

North Ranch RV Park

North Ranch RV Park in Congress is located to the south of Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. With tons of amenities for campers to enjoy, it's probably the closest thing to a luxury hotel you can find while sticking to your RV.

Features:

 • Full electrical hookups

 • Free Wi-Fi with good reception

 • Dumpstation on-site

 • On-site laundromat and showers

 • Clubhouse, activity center and pickleball court

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What to Do at
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

Inside Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

The park has 3.5 miles worth of trails snaking around its many acres, so don't expect to come back without breaking a sweat. Aside from being kept clean and the paths themselves being well-manicured, the park strives to leave the area as natural as possible. This makes for some absolutely amazing scenery as you take your walk. Like many spots in central Arizona, Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is also a great place to see some rare bird species native to the area. Brown thrashers, cactus wrens, buzzards, red-tailed hawks and more are all there for viewing against the park's sandy grounds, steep mountains and clear skies.

Outside Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

The area surrounding Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park might be small, but it packs quite a punch. Yarnell and the neighboring Peeples Valley both have quite a few things for travelers — whether they're there to stay or just passing through. While there's no competing with a big city when it comes to quantity, this little slice of Arizona more than makes up for it in quality.

Restaurants

T-Bird Café

A cozy little internet cafe with tons to try. From salads to wings to sandwiches and more, you'll have your pick of some of the finest cuisine Arizona's got to offer to its travelers. The cafe also makes its own wood-fired pizzas that rival most dedicated Italian eateries in quality.

Type: American

Location: Peeples Valley, AZ

Cornerstone Bakery and Cafe

As the name implies, this bakery/cafe is a cornerstone of the local restaurant community. Enjoy a nice coffee and freshly made cinnamon rolls before getting on your way or grab some sandwiches to take with you on your trip. You've got to try the bakery's homemade cakes before you leave.

Type: Bakery

Location: Yarnell, AZ

Gilligan's Pizza and Bar

This is a lovely little Italian eatery in Yarnell with a full bar. Try some of their delicious and award-winning pizza to fuel up for a long hike. Beyond that, though, their menu contains some true classics like barbecue wings, grilled corn on the cob and macaroni and cheese.

Type: Italian

Location: Yarnell, AZ

Shopping

Yarnell Emporium

This is a folksy gift shop located within the heart of Yarnell. Take home some amazing remembrances of your trip, like shirts, keychains and even furniture, all decked out with some unforgettable Arizona flair.

Location: Yarnell, AZ

Sightseeing

Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains

Sculpted by Felix Lucero in 1939, this shrine is located within a green area that's next to a small chapel. It's the perfect place to relax in the shade and think about life.

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How to Get to
Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

The entrance to Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is along Highway 89, also known as White Spar. With this in mind, the best and more or less only way to get to the park is by driving along the highway. The easiest route to do this would be coming south from Yarnell as the park is only about 2 miles out from the town. Be aware that there are only about a dozen parking spots at the site you can use, so driving there yourself might be an issue.

Because of that, the Yarnell Fire Department offers a shuttle service from Friday to Sunday that takes you straight from the firehouse to the park's entrance. Shuttles make round trips from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last departing shuttle leaving at 4 p.m. each day. So long as you can make it back in time for the last ride, this is likely to be the most reliable and efficient way to make it to the park.

Entering Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

Park is open sunrise to sunset.

Free Admission : $0

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is truly something you have to see to believe. A gorgeous natural area paired with a touching remembrance for some of the bravest public servants to ever live, it's the perfect place to go when you want to recharge from your daily life. The trail leading to the observation deck has 19 plaques dedicated to one of each of the Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Once at the observation deck, you'll be allowed to leave a small memento by the Tribute Wall then make your way down Journey Trail to retrace the steps of the Hotshots themselves before coming to the Fatality Site. It's a moving journey that can be a lot for people but also serves as a stark reminder of the heroism normal people can embody as well as how fleeting life can be.

There are plenty of fun things you can do within the park and outside it in the nearby Yarnell area, and it's a great destination for your next vacation. After you set out on that trip, why not send us some of your great vacation pictures through social media or our email, m[email protected]? We'd love to see what you get up to. We might even feature them in one of our upcoming posts.