Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm. The Visitor Center is open 9 am – 4:30 pm 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.
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.
Download Red Rock SP Events Calendar ( 1 MB PDF)
- December 8: Guided Geology Tour
- December 15: Lecture: Geologic History of Sedona
- January 12, 2014: Lecture: History of the Yavapai-Apache Nation: Past, Present, and Future
- February 16, 2014: Lecture: Permian Period: As Sedona's Red Rocks Were Being Formed
Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am
At 10:00 am daily, you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology.
Daily Activity at 2 pm
At 2:00 pm daily, the Park hosts either a guest speaker or a ranger/naturalist-led activity of approximately 45 minutes each day. Programs could be indoors or outside, and may include a nature hike, a special presentation, or an educational/nature video.
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 9 am, 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 loan from the Park. 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. While visitors hike the trails, they will see many birds who call the Park "home. See current sightings below
December 8: Guided Geology Hike
2:00 pm. The 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.
December 15: Lecture: Geologic History of Sedona
2:00 pm at park theater. Lecture by Wayne Ranney with focus on geology of Sedona, something that has long interested geologists from all over the world. Have you ever wondered how the formations were made or why the rocks are red? Wayne will explain in laymen’s terms how this incredible place came to be, “It includes a journey across ancient sand dunes, bears witness to a volcano that erupted very near Sedona, and tells about the faulting and erosion that created Oak Creek Canyon.” Join us to gain a better understanding of the beautiful land around us!
Wayne is a local to northern Arizona and award winning author of Sedona Through Time. He has also co-authored Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau and Carving Grand Canyon. Ranney’s passion for southwestern geology took root during his years as a backcountry ranger in the Grand Canyon. He holds both a BS and an MS in Geology from Northern Arizona University. He completed his Master’s thesis by mapping the House Mountain area near Sedona.
Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. A special event fee of $5.00 per adult is required in addition to Day Use Entrance fees of $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
2 pm. Park will host Hazel Siow, an elder of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Hazel will be sharing information including creation stories of her ancestors, present information of the nation, and the future of these people. Please join us to learn more about the tribes that first settled in this area. Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. A special event fee of $5.00 per adult is required in addition to Day Use Entrance fees of $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
2 pm. The world of the Permian Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. Lycopods (of coal-forest fame), conifers, ferns, and seed ferns represented the land flora, long before flowering plants appeared. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. The Permian period ended with the greatest extinction event in the history of the planet. This lecture will briefly look at the Earth during that fascinating time.
Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork. Ken taught geology, with a concentration on the history of the Earth and its life forms, for many years. His Ph.D. is in Geology, specializing in paleontology. Current research focuses on the history of geology, but his publications include reconstructions of ancient geological environments, including Permian events. A special event fee of $5.00 per adult is required in addition to Day Use Entrance fees of $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
If you prefer to explore on your own, or are not available for scheduled activities, the 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. Detail information is available at the Visitor Center. Bikes and horses are allowed on designated routes. Download Printable Park Map & Brochure ( 855 KB PDF)
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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”.
Western Scrub Jay
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Yellow Rumped Warbler
White Crowned Sparrow
Dark Eyed Junco
Red Winged Blackbird
On November 30, 2013, Ranger Halley reports that 31 species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
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- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge