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Arizonans Urged To Vote For Dead Horse Ranch

Arizona State Parks Could Win $100,000 In National Coca-Cola LivePositively Contest

Arizonans have an opportunity to help their State Parks win $100,000 by participating online with the "Live Positively, America's Favorite Park Program" being coordinated by Coca-Cola.

The "America is Your Park" program encourages everyone to vote their favorite Arizona State Park by going to livepositively.com.

RV1_Dead_Horse100_3551.JPGVOTE NOW; VOTE OFTEN -- for Dead Horse Ranch State Park.Arizonans have an opportunity to help their State Parks win $100,000 by participating online with the "Live Positively, America's Favorite Park Program" being coordinated by Coca-Cola.

The real points will add up though, if you post on your Facebook page with stories and pictures while you are at Dead Horse Ranch State Park because each post is then worth 5 points! Or vote daily during the week. those votes will add up quickly for the park.

Consolidate Votes

Jay Ream, assistant director for Arizona's State Parks said, "We would like the public to follow our lead and consolidate their votes so Arizona State Parks can win. We polled our park rangers to get a consensus on one park so we have a better chance to win this amazing prize for the whole system," said Ream.

"We believe Arizonans have the greatest passion for all their State Parks and the outdoors so they will join us in voting for Dead Horse Ranch State Park."

The Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative will award a $100,000 recreation grant to the park with the most votes, a $50,000 grant to the second-place park and a $25,000 grant to the third-place park. These grants will help buy new equipment, restore activity areas, build trails or simply make the park an overall better place for you and your family.

A Great Choice

State Park rangers decided that Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Central Arizona, is a great choice as the park is a base park for traveling around to five State and three National parks in the Verde Valley.

You can camp at the park and visit Jerome, Red Rock, Slide Rock and Fort Verde State Parks and there are three National Parks in the Sedona Verde Valley as well.

Dead Horse Ranch has lagoons for fishing, is bounded by the Verde River for canoeing, swimming and is part of one of Arizona's important birding areas so it is a haven for endangered and rare birds.

The park offers camping cabins, tent and large RV sites with reservations online so families can always plan well in advance to go camping.

While we want you to vote as many times as possible for Dead Horse Ranch State Park, it is more important that you also visit your favorite park.

Sept. 6 Deadline

Votes will be tallied on Sept. 6. So, hurry! Go to livepositively.com/#/Americasparks/vote and vote for Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) established the America's State Parks alliance (www.americasstateparks.com) to mobilize and educate the public and policy makers on the positive impact state parks have on public health and local economies. The Alliance is launching many national fund-raising initiatives to support America's parks.

Americans demonstrated a strong demand for budget-friendly outdoor recreation and cultural tourism, with more than 725 million visits to state parks in 2009.

AZ State Parks Generate Millions

The Arizona State Parks department operates 27 State Parks and historic sites in Arizona and hosts 2.3 million visitors. These visitors then generate $266 million in spending that supports the economies and jobs in rural communities in Arizona.

For more information about Arizona's State Parks, visit AZStateParks.com, connect to our FaceBook & Twitter sites at AZStateParks or call (602) 542-4174.

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