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 our latest Bird sightings HERE
Download our September Event Calendar HERE ( 455 KB PDF)
September 12-13 - Adobe Photoshop for Beginners
The Arizona Natural History Association is sponsoring Bob Shuman who will present a two day introductory class on Adobe Photoshop. The first evening will consist of an outside night photo shoot of the Milky Way starting at 6pm. to 10pm. On the second day starting at 1pm.. Bob will teach a class on how to edit your own Milky Way shots on Adobe CS6 to perfection! Class ends at 4:00 P.M.
You must have the ability to hike and bring the following equipment: Camera, tripod, long lens (i200-400mm), good hiking shoes, and a flashlight. You will need to know how to work your own camera settings. On the second day bring a laptop to work directly on your photos or take notes.
The cost for the weekend is $75.00 Sign up now because space is limited. To register call: 928-821-6277 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19 - Annual Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day
Come join us for our annual Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day from 10:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Throughout the day there will be performances by the Bird Dancers, Gourd Singers, and the Crown Dancers. Also we will have guest speakers including Gertrude Smith Director of Cultural Resources among others. Nation arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares and various types of delicious Indian fry bread will be served. Don’t miss out!!! Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. Folding chairs and or blankets are recommended for your viewing comfort.
The City of Sedona is sponsoring Sedona residents to get in free with applicable ID. All others only pay regular park admission fees of $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13) and children (0-6) are always free. See photo wrap-up gallery from 2014 event
September 26-27 - Public Lands Volunteer Day
(8am to 5pm both days) Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with a heartfelt day of service here at our beloved park. Volunteers are invited to help maintain and clean up park facilities, trails and Oak Creek riparian areas. Interpreters will be available for questions regarding the Oak Creek riparian area and its major importance to northern Arizona. You’re also welcome to take a 10:00 A.M. guided hike and watch the Loved to Death documentary in our theater presented by the Oak Watershed Council. Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Please call 928-282-6907 and let us know that you’re coming!
September 27 - Full Moon Hike
5pm. This evening hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.
Pre-registration and a $5.00 reservation fee by phone is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Night viewing programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
Watch for our October Full Moon Hike on 10/27.
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.
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.
TRAILS UPDATE - 8-30-15
Please note: Creek crossings and trails adjacent to Oak Creek may be closed occasionally due to high water and flooding.
Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10am
At 10:00 A.M. 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. While visitors hike the trails, they will see many birds who call the Park "home. See current sightings below
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)
The votes are in! The Lime Kiln Trail connecting Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Red Rock State Park won the 2012 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Bike Ride! For the sixth year, AZCentral.com experts have picked their favorite people, places, businesses, and things to do! Learn more about the trail.
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”.
On August 7, 2015, Ranger Luci reported 207 unique sightings of birds at Red Rock SP!
Download the full list HERE ( 75 KB PDF)
- Alamo Lake
- 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