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.
September 25: Following the Monarch Migration through Red Rock State Park with Gail Morris
9am. Every Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport. However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907.
September 25: Sunday Lecture - Nature & Technology: Friends or Foes? with Dr. Andrea Houchard
1pm. The human connection to the natural world is of vital importance. Research is piling up to confirm that spending time in the great outdoors has great benefits for both physical and psychological health.. What gets in the way of people spending time in nature? One of the answers we hear repeatedly is technology. Screens, phones, gadgets and games are reputed by many as an impediment to people connecting with the natural world. However, it may not be the technology in itself, but how technology is used that is responsible for the disconnect. In fact, technology actually might be a great resource as we carve out time to connect with the natural world. This interactive discussion will explore the relationship between technology and nature and give you an opportunity to discuss your own experiences with how the two complement and interfere with one another. Dr. Houchard is a professor of Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University and a co-owner of the Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX), an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This program is included with park entrance fees. However, seating is limited and reservations are required, (928) 282-6907.
Tuesday's: October 4–November 8: Volunteer Training Classes (6 weeks)
1pm.–5pm. Calling all nature, hiking, and environmental education enthusiasts. Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity where your contribution is significant and your efforts are greatly appreciated? Our volunteers are essential partners in our mission of environmental preservation and low impact recreation. During this six week training class you will be given an introduction to volunteer positions at the park including Entry Station Attendant, Visitor Center Attendant, Hike Leader, Trail Maintenance, School Program Teacher, Landscaping, and Special Products. The class will also provide an overview of the history of the park, geology of the area, archaeology, and lots more. After completing the training new volunteers shadow experienced volunteers and staff until they are ready to work on their own. There will be an orientation meeting on Friday, September 30th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm where you can ask questions to determine if Red Rock State Park is a good fit for your volunteer efforts. Call the park to sign up, (928) 282-6907.
Saturday, October 15: Full Moon Hike
5pm. This will be our last Full Moon Hike for the year. Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about the natural history of Sedona. The hike lasts 2 - 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A non-refundable $5.00 program fee per person is required to reserve your spot in the hike in addition to the regular entrance fees on the day of the hike. Participants are encouraged to arrive at the park approximately 30 minutes before the hike starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children under seven are not permitted. Wear suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907.
Sunday Lecture Series: Why Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin, October 23rd
11am. Why should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky using our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees but seating is limited so call the park to reserve your spot, (928) 282-6907.
Saturday, November 5: 25th Anniversary Celebration
10am.– 3pm. Red Rock State Park will be celebrating 25 years as part of Arizona State Parks on November 5th. There will be location environmentally themed information and vendor booths, a food truck, activities for kids, live birds of prey, live music, and lots more. More detailed information about booths and activities at the event will be available in October. So save the date and plan to join us for a fun day!
November 20: Sunday Lecture Series: Thinking About Global Warming in Arizona with Dr. Matthew Goodwin
11am. What is known or unknown about global warming? What are the levels of certainty and uncertainty in the science? How do we identify good and bad information about global warming? In this lecture we will talk about how philosophy can help us think about global warming. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience, an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees but seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. To make reservations please call (928) 282-6907.
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks
8am. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Most year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field behind the Visitor Center. The Audubon Society has designated Red Rock State Park as an Important Birding Area (IBA) because of the many species that live or visit here. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. If birding on your own, the Hummingbird Patio is an excellent spot to start your tour. Another good viewing point is the Visitor Center roof.
(Yearly Bird Hike Times: 9am. Dec.–Feb., 8am.. Mar.–May & Sept.–Nov., 7am. Jun.–Aug.)
Useful Bird Watcher Resources:
March Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) | April Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) | May Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) | June Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) July Bird Sightings ( 49 KB PDF) Aug Bird Sightings ( 52 KB PDF) Top 30 Bird Sightings ( 193 KB PDF) Birds Seen in 2015 ( 46 KB PDF)
Daily Guided Nature Walks & Activities
10am. Daily Guided Nature Walks Every morning 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. Hikes are included with park entrance fees. (Yearly Guided Hike Times: 10am. October–May, 9am. June–September) “This walk is one of the best ways to learn about the Sedona landscape and have fun doing it!!!”
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)
The parks large movie theater plays the popular video - "The Natural Wonders of Sedona", narrated by local voice-over artist John Conway. It features aerial explorations of ancient Indian ruins and dramatic landscapes, colorful desert wildflowers, and local wildlife. Also playing in the theater is the documentary “Loved To Death” produced by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and funded by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This film documents the wonderful efforts of the Oak Creek Ambassadors Program to educate the general public about the extreme environmental importance of our natural waterways and their valiant efforts to keep Oak Creek clean.
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.
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