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Experience unique adventures at Arizona State Parks! Read our complete listing below to learn about upcoming events and activities. To learn more about a park, including downloading park maps and getting step by step driving directions, follow the link to the park's web pages. Schedule & events may be subject to change without notice.

ON-GOING EVENTS


Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.Every Weekend - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A wonderful place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

Check out the June BTA newsletter HERE...

Every Weekend - Catalina State Park

Guided HikesBlooming Prikly Pear Cactus

7am @ Scheduled Hike Meeting Location, Every Sunday, come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains through these guided morning hikes. Led by Catalina State Park volunteer and experienced hiker Gaston, come and see the park in a new light! Hike difficultly varies; hikers are required to carry plenty of water and snacks, and wear proper clothing, shoes, and hats. Please call Hike Leader Gaston @ 520-638- 5404, for upcoming hike information and to register. Registration closes by 4pm on the Saturday prior to the scheduled hike. Hikes subject to cancellations or changes depending on weather conditions and hike attendance.

Download a full list of dates and trails descriptions for June & July HERE. (PDF Document 54 KB PDF)

Tuesday Fun Days at Kartchner Caverns State ParkTuesday's in June - Kartchner Caverns State Park

Hey Parents with kids 6-12. Are you looking for fun activities for the Summer for your kiddos to learn about Reptiles, Desert Mammals, Bats or try a Scavenger Hunt? The City of Benson Recreation Department and Kartchner Caverns present: June's Tuesday Fun Day's.

 

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation AreaFriday's - ALL SUMMER - Fool Hollow Lake State Park

Free summer Nature Walk at 9 a.m. at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. Learn more about the flora, fauna and history of the area. There is no entrance fee to attend the walks. Entrance station staff will direct you to the starting location of each nature walk or hike. Each walk or hike lasts one to one-and-a-half hours. For more information, call 928-537-3680 or 928-368-2100.


Every Weekend - Oracle State Park

The Kannaly Ranch House at Oracle State Park.The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10am. and again at 2pm.
JUNE-SEPTEMBER: Self-guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House. Visit the park office/gift shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind. 45-minute Docent or Ranger-Led Guided Tours will only be offered by reservation or on select dates over the summer months. Please call ahead. Free with park admission.

Dancers perform at a Suvoyuki Ceremony at Homolovi State ParkComing Soon! - Homolovi State Park

Tours of Homolovi IV

Come join Ranger Chad for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites that is not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 150 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River. It was occupied for a short time in the late 1200s, but the site also includes petroglyphs from a much earlier time. The site was excavated in 1989 by the Homolovi Research Program.

Homolovi IV Pueblo Tours will take place this fall on the following dates: September 26, 2015 October: 4, 10, 11, 17, & 25, 2015 & November 7, 2015 Meet at Homolovi Visitor Center 10:00 AM.

The tours will begin at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10:00AM and be finished by 12:30PM and are limited to 15 participants. Please call the park to reserve your spot on the tour of your choice (928) 289-4106. There is a $7 day use fee per car with up to 4 adults.


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June 27 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology Walking Tour with Scott McFadden

8am. Daily hours at BTA are 6am-3pm from May-through-September, and this tour moves to an 8am start time during summer months. See rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the  volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. See photos and read more HERE

June 27 - Red Rock State Park

Watercolor Class - Red Rock State Park, 6/72/15, 10a.m.Watercolor Workshop: Flowers

10am. 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 March theme will be flowers. 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 on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00am-3:00 P.M. within 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.

Edible Plants Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkJune 28 - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Sunday Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk with Kathy & Tom Mcdonald

8am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where desert plant enthusiasts Kathy & Tom McDonald share their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more http://ag.arizona.edu/bta


July Events at Arizona State Parks

Upcoming Events - Fort Verde State Historic Park

July 18 - Corn Fest & Vintage Baseball - While Corn Fest is going on in the Town of Camp Verde, at the park enjoy the Vintage baseball game, starts at Noon.

Upcoming Events - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

July 4 - Dragonfly Walk guided by ASU Prof. Pierre Deviche
July 11 - Lizard Walk with Abi King (from AZGFD) and "Wild Man Phil"
July 18 - Plants of the Bible walk with Dave Oberpriller
July 25 - Butterfly Walk with Adriane Grimaldi - she's the education director over at Butterfly Wonderland
July 26 - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants walk guided by ethno-botanist Dave Morris

Upcoming Events - Red Rock State Park

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park - 7-1-2015, 6:30pm.July 1 - Moonlight Hike

6:30pm. The Moonlight 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.

Snakes in the Theater event at Red Rock State Park. 07-11-2015, 2-4p.m.July 11 - Snakes in the Theater!

2-4pm. Come out of the heat into the air conditioned theater in our Visitor's Center to view and learn more about snakes and other reptiles rescued in the Sedona area. Russell L. Dunn of Red Rock Reptiles and his crew of dedicated handlers will help you learn about the beauty, usefulness and identification of Arizonan snake populations. Hear about the correct measures to take when encountering snakes in Sedona. This program is free to the public with the park entry fee. Please Call to save your seat in the theater - (928) 282-6907.
Park entry fees are $5.00 ages 14 and above, $3.00 ages 7-13, and free for ages 6 and under.


Moonlight Hike - Blue Moon at Red Rock State Park - 7-31, 6:30pm.July 31 - Moonlight Hike

6:30pm. Once again by popular demand we have another Moonlight Hike this month. 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. 

Upcoming Events - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Saturday, July 4, 10am-12 noon. - Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others. For a special treat kids can make authentic adobe bricks to take home.  A face painter will be available to brighten kids’ faces.  Free hot dogs, nachos, watermelon, and lemonade.  The “squirt-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department will be the cooling grand finale. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from our local non-profit organizations. Park admission is FREE during the event.

Thursday, July 9, 4:30 – 6pm. - AOT Visitor Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Join us to celebrate Tubac’s own official “Arizona Local Visitor Information Center” located at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. This is the culmination of a joint effort by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce and the Presidio to have an official visitor center for the Village. The Presidio is ideally suited to fill this role as its Visitor Center and restrooms meet ADA requirements and it is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
The new Visitor Center not only keeps rack cards for any local business that wishes to display them, but also rack cards from each of Arizona’s five tourism regions, the state Visitor’s Guide and Arizona state map.  Special refreshments will be served in our various exhibit spaces throughout the Park to entice locals who have not seen our improvements to do so.  This is a free event, but please call 520-398-2252 to reserve a space.

Saturdays, July 11 & 25, 11am.-2pm. - Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period
For the summer months we are adjusting our Old World/New World foods program to focus on 1) the native and imported fruits of New Spain, and 2) how Mexico has developed and enhanced the notion of dessert.  The presentations will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the incredible variety of these delectable foodstuffs. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Sundays, July 12 & 26, and Saturday, July 18, 11am.-3 pm. - Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations
Professional printer and teacher James Pagels demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 

Friday, July 17, 11am.-2 pm. - Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period
When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. 


Upcoming Events - Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Aug. 1 - Dragonfly Walk guided by Roger Racut
Aug. 1 - "How to Juice a Prickly Pear Cactus" class taught by Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering

Upcoming Events - Red Rock State Park

August 29 - Full Moon Hike

 

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