Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8am. – 5pm. Last entry at 4:30pm. The Visitor Center is open 9am. – 4:30pm. daily. The mission of the park is to preserve the riparian habitat associated with Oak Creek; to serve as an environmental education facility; and to provide limited passive recreational opportunities. Check out latest bird sightings below.
Park Event Calendar
Hiking at Red Rock State Park offers magnificent views of the Sedona area.
Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.
Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are a number of daily and weekly park events. (see below or ask at Visitor Center)
Park facilities include a visitors center, classroom, theater, gift shop, picnic tables, 10 developed trails, restrooms, and group area with Ramada and facilities. The restrooms are handicapped accessible. Camping facilities are not available at this park. The property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The land was at one time part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye.
Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am
10 am every day, a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. This hike is included with your entrance fee.
Wednesday and Saturday mornings: Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for rent from the Park office. Download Printable Bird List ( 896 KB PDF) No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures. Hummingbirds are almost always there to take advantage of the feeders! Another good viewing point is the visitor center roof. Most of the year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field that is behind the visitor center. See current bird sightings below
IThe family-oriented trail system is well marked for your safety and pleasure. Five miles of trails consist of interconnecting loops, leading you to red rock vistas or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek. The Eagle's Nest and Apache Fire Loops are joined together by the Coyote Ridge Trail. Eagle's Nest is the highest point in the park with an elevation gain of 300 feet. The three major loops are connected along the riparian corridor by the Kisva Trail, which also leads to the short loop of the Yavapai Ridge Trail. The Javelina Trail takes you into the pinon/juniper woodlands and back to the other loops. Detailed information is available at the Visitor Center. Bikes and horses are allowed on designated routes. Download Printable Park Map & Brochure ( 855 KB PDF)
Daily, upon request. The park's movie theater shows “The Natural Wonders of Sedona-Timeless Beauty”. The movie reveals why USA Weekend voted Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon “the most Beautiful Place in America”.
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18: Volunteer Training Class
1 to 5 pm. Learn how to be a Volunteer at Red Rock State Park in Sedona. You can learn how to work in the Visitors’ Center, the entry station, and how to work with the School Connection Program, where you will introduce school children to nature by teaching classes or leading hikes. We are also need volunteers to help lead public hikes and programs, covering topics such as nature, geology, archaeology, moonlight hikes, and special programs. We also need help with park maintenance, including trail work, park facility fixes, and landscaping. Other special projects also need volunteers also. Please call park at 928-282-6907 to enroll in the class.
Sunday, November 8: Geology Hike With Jack Conklin and Duane De Paepe
1:00 pm. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet.
Thursday, November 19: Archaeology Hike with Duane De Paepe
2:00 pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the festinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! This initial hike is designed for park visitors and RRSP volunteers who may want to get involved in this new program. The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about one hour, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. This hike is included with your entrance fee.
Saturday, November 21: Basic Tracking Workshop
10am - 2pm. Are you a hiker, hunter, or a general outdoor enthusiast who runs across tracks that you do not know? Are you interested in developing the skills and knowledge to not only identify tracks, but to understand the story behind them? Red Rock State Park will be hosting internationally known survival expert Tony Nestor for a workshop on the Basics of Tracking. This introductory class will cover both animal and man-tracking skills. You will learn the basics of track identification from aging prints, interpreting the stories within tracks, gait patterns, and how to pick up a lost trail. Participants need to bring a sack lunch, water, sunglasses, and a notebook. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $45.00, which includes Park admission. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.
Saturday, November 28: Autumn Images Fall Watercolor Class
10am - 2pm. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-providing instruction and techniques with a theme each month. Our October theme will be Autumn Images. Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. She has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez. This workshop will be held in our Hummingbird Room. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.
On September 2, 2015, Ranger Luci reported 181 unique sightings of birds at Red Rock SP!
Download monthly Bird List ( 71 KB PDF)
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