Red Rock State Park
Park is Open
Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm. Last entry at 4:30 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.
Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day Photo Gallery
Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos - The meaning of The Day of the Dead
Día de los Muertos, what does it mean and where did it originate? The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday highly celebrated in Mexico, Latin American, and the Southern United States. To many Mexicans, dead is not something to fear or be ignored by the living, but something to celebrate; one cannot celebrate life without also celebrating death! Join us on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 P.M. for this lecture on the origins of this Mexican Festival.
Elena Diaz Bjorkquist, originally from Morenci, Arizona is now based in Tucson. She is the author of two books, Suffer Smoke and Water from the Moon, and the co-editor of Sowing the Seeds, una cosecha de recuerdos and Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our Stories.
As an Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) Scholar, Elena has performed as Teresa Urrea in a Chautauqua living history presentation and done presentations about Morenci for thirteen years.
In 2012 she received the Arizona Commission on the Arts Bill Desmond Writing Award for excelling nonfiction writing and the Arizona Humanities Council Dan Schilling Public Humanities Scholar Award in recognition of her work in the humanities. Elena was nominated for Tucson Poet Laureate in 2012 and was one of the moderators of the Facebook page Poets Responding to SB 1070. Her poems have been published in La Bloga, The Gospel According to Poetry, and The Más Tequilla Review.
Elena is also a ceramic artist, specializing in masks and sculpture. She teaches a weekly clay class out of her studio, Casita TzinTzunTzan.
The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $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.
Please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.
Nov. 8: Primitive Skills Workshop: Fire-Making
Want to learn how to create fire without a matches or lighters? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Al Cornell on November 8th from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. for a primitive skills fire making class.
Join us to learn about the 4 prehistoric fire-making methods- bow drills, hand drills, iron pyrite method, and Arctic/Sub-Arctic Strap-drills. Al will demonstrate and discuss each of these methods then participants will have a chance to learn hands on how to use both bow drills and hand drills. All materials will be provided.
There is a $25.00 fee for this workshop, which include the park entry fees. This class is limited to 14 participants, so please call ahead to make a reservation (928) 282- 6907. All participants must be 14 and older.
Nov. 9: Geology Hike, 1:00 P.M.
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. Our monthly-guided geology walk will be held on November 9that 1:00 P.M. 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.
Nov. 15: Red Rock Landscape Water Colors
Nov. 15 “Autumn Images” Fall Water Color Workshop
Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Sedona watercolor instructor Cathy Stedman for her next installment of an ongoing monthly series. This series covers the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a different theme each month. November’s theme will be “Autumn Images.” This will be an introductory to intermediate class.
Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, began teaching watercolor in 1997. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, where she still teaches today. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. Cathy has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez.
This workshop will be held on November 15th from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes Park admission and all supplies. If you will be bringing your own supplies the class fee (including Park admission) is $40.00. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.
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)
Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am
At 10 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 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 8 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
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”.
White Crowned Sparrow
On October 6, 2014, Ranger Halley reports that 23 species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
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