5 hiking games for kids

5 hiking games for kids

We’ve all been there. You’re on a hike with your family and the kids aren’t having it. They’re tired, hungry, grumpy and on the verge of mental collapse. Before you’re forced to pack it in and head back to Roosevelt Resort Park, try one of these fun, trail-friendly games to keep your kids engaged and entertained. They might just buy you a few more hours of hiking happiness on a Tonto National Forest trail.

1. Geocaching

If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s a recreational activity where you find a hidden object using GPS coordinates. It’s a modern-day scavenger hunt that’s fun for kids and adults. And, yes, there are objects hidden in the Roosevelt, AZ and Tonto National Forest area. How do you find them? Visit – or download the Official Geocaching App through the same website – and start seeking.

Pro tip: If you know you’ll lose cell service during your hike, add specific caches to your “List” in the Official Geocaching App before you start your trek.

2. Scavenger Hunt

Geocaching too technical? Try an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Before beginning your family hike, make a checklist of items your children may see in the wild – like birds, bugs, creatures, plants, etc. Set a time limit for the hunt so the kids remain engaged throughout the activity. Want a pre-made checklist? We’ve got you covered.

Download our scavenger hunt checklist for your next family hike >>

Pro tip: Laminate the checklist or place the checklist in a clear plastic bag for safe (and dry) keeping.

3. What’s the Noise?

When your family stops for a rest, have the kids stop and listen. What sounds do they hear? Can they tell you what animals are making those sounds? What direction are those sounds coming from?

4. The ABC Game

Find items on the hike starting with each letter of the alphabet sequentially. “A” is for “ant.” “B” is for “bee.” Each person in the group takes a turn to keep everyone on their toes.

5. Close-Up

This game is similar to “eye spy.” Have one individual in the group venture ahead to take a close-up shot of an object, such as a bird’s beak, mossy rock, flower petal, etc. When the rest of the group gets to that point on the trail, map out the area where the mystery object lies and see who can guess what the object is.

Any recommendations?

When you’re out on the trails with the kids, what games do you play? Let us know in the comments section!


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Podcasts for the RV family road trip

You and your family are RVers and spend a lot of time on the road. What’s the best way to pass the time? Flipping through radio stations? A longwinded audio book? Another rousing round of road-sign bingo? Keep everyone engaged on the next RV outing with podcasts.

Why podcasts?

  • Subject Specific – Use Stitcher or iTunes to search for topic that interest you and your family.
  • Short – Podcasts are usually less than an hour long.
  • Free – No subscription fees necessary.

Want to test out podcasts on your next RV road trip to Roosevelt Resort Park? Try one – or all – of these family-friendly options.

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Family RV Travel Atlas

Family RV Travel Atlas is a weekly show around RV life and family travel. Episode topics include the RV and camping industry, pro tips, gadget reviews, interviews from RV industry experts and destination information.

Happy Camper Radio

Happy Camper Radio focuses on family-centric camping. Whether you’re a new camper or a pro, Happy Camper Radio offers insight on camping equipment, money-saving RV trips and tricks, destination recommendations and so much more.

Family Adventure Podcast

The Hemingways headed off on their grand family adventure in 2008. This podcast highlights full-time family adventure – as in escaping the rat race and traveling every day, all day. Sound interesting? Check this podcast out.

RV Miles Podcast

RV Miles Podcast is a weekly show for RV lovers. In search of new RV destination, expert RV tips, industry news and equipemnt reviews? This podcast is for you.

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A guide to fishing Roosevelt Lake

Kick back and relax on a leisurely fishing excursion at Roosevelt Lake. With 20,000 acres, Roosevelt Lake is the largest lake in Tonto National Forest, which means there’s lots of space to cast a line and plenty of fish to go around.

What fish will I find in Roosevelt Lake?

Roosevelt Lake houses a variety of fish species. Anglers are likely to catch Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, crappie, sunfish, as well as Channel and Flathead Catfish.

Do I need a license to fish Roosevelt Lake?

Arizona residents and non-resident anglers (10+ years or older) must acquire a fishing license from the Arizona Game and Fish Department prior to their visit. Children less than 10 years old do not need a license to fish in Arizona. Check Arizona Fishing Regulations for more information, and register for your Arizona fishing license today.

How much does an Arizona fishing license cost?

Arizona fishing license costs varies depending on residency, age and particular activity. Costs begin at $24 for a community fishing license and go as high as $160 for a combination hunting and fishing license. For all license options, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.

Plan your Roosevelt, AZ stay.

Roosevelt Lake is a popular fishing destination north of Phoenix. If you’re and angler looking for lodging here, you’ve come to the right place. Roosevelt Resort Park offers a wide range of accommodations and site types. Prepare to cast your line. Plan your stay in Roosevelt, AZ now.

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Top 5 things to do in Tonto National Forest

Top 5 things to do in Tonto National Forest

So you’ve arranged your Arizona camping getaway in Tonto National Forest. You’ve booked your stay at Roosevelt Resort Park, checked in and set up your RV site. Now what?

Where to go and what to do? Well, look no further because we’ve curated this list of our favorite things in and around the Roosevelt, AZ area just for you.

Download our Tonto National Forest Map for 7 more things to do here >>

About Tonto National Forest

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With 5.8 million visitors each year, Tonto National Forest is the fifth most-toured “urban” forest in the U.S. Established in 1905, this forest offers four lakes, two scenic byways and more than 900 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Have other interests? You’ll find boating, fishing, birdwatching and so much more here.

With a whopping 2.9 acres of land – making it the largest of Arizona’s six national forests – where do you begin sightseeing in Tonto National Forest? Right about here…

1. Roosevelt Lake and Dam

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The oldest man-made reservoir in Arizona, Roosevelt Lake formed when the Roosevelt Dam was constructed in 1911. Located 80 miles north of Phoenix, the most direct route to the lake is through the unpaved and scenic Apache Trail. Aside from great views, Roosevelt Lake promises fun for solo travelers, couples and families interested in fishing, boating, water sports and breathtaking views.

Get Directions to Roosevelt Dam from the Campground>> (17-minute drive)


Roosevelt Lake offers a wide range of fish, from largemouth bass to catfish to black crappie. Located at the meeting of the Salt River and Tonto Creek, Roosevelt Lake is the head lake to Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake. To learn more about fishing in and around the Tonto National Forest area, read A Guide to Fishing Roosevelt Lake.

Boating & Water Sport Rentals

Roosevelt Lake water sport activities include jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking and boating. Didn’t bring these items with you? A short 12-minute drive from Roosevelt Resort ParkRoosevelt Lake Marina offers gear rentals, tours (both by land and by boat) and other outdoor activities.

Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center

For more information about Roosevelt Lake, stop in the Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You’ll find education exhibits, videos and informational brochures about local attractions. And don’t forget to swing by the center’s rear patio for an impressive lake view before you head out.

2. Three Mile Wash

Looking for a beach day? Three Mile Wash Shoreline Area, offers mountain views, wildlife, waterfront parking and beach access. If you and the family are looking for a fun day trip this summer, Three Mile Wash is a great excursion.

Get Directions to Three Mile Wash from the Campground >> (24-minute drive)

3. Tonto National Monument

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Tonto National Monument showcases two cliff dwellings constructed in 1,300 CE Tours available for the upper cliff dwelling run November to April an are lead by a ranger.  The upper cliff dwellings tour run between November to April and is ranger led. Space is limited on upper dwelling tours (15 people max), so make your appointment early. Upper dwelling tour bookings open October 1 each year.

Didn’t have a chance to book the tour? No problem. The Tonto National Monuments lower cliff dwelling is open to the public year round.

Get Directions to Tonto National Monument from the Campground >> (10-minute drive)

4. Four Peaks Wilderness Area

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Established in 1984, Four Peaks Wilderness Area encompasses more than 60,000 acres and features four mountain peaks – a widely recognized landmark in Tonto National Forest and Arizona as a whole. Changes in elevation bring about unique ecosystems in this area with a variety of plants and wildlife. You’ll find a wide range of trails and beautiful scenery here.

Get directions to Four Peaks from the Campground >> (66-minute drive)

5. Apache Trail

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A draw for hikers and bikers, the Apache Trail is named after the Apache Indian Tribe. With scenic trails, dense forests and stunning lake views, you won’t want to miss out.

Get directions to Apache Trail from the Campground >> (46-minute drive)

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