TRAILS UPDATE - 7-5-15
Please note: Creek crossings and trails adjacent to Oak Creek may be closed occasionally due to high water and flooding.
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. Check out our latest Bird sightings HERE
Download the full JULY Events Calendar HERE ( 482 KB PDF)
Saturday, 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.
Sunday, July 26 - Cowboy Campfire Singalong
7pm.-9:30pm. Come enjoy a wonderful night of roasting marshmallows and singing with Sedona area professional western cowboy entertainers Jim and Jeanne Martin from the Blazin' M Ranch... AND BRING THE KIDS! The event will be held in the pick-nick area so feel free to come early with charcoal to use our grills to cook your own campout style dinner. There will be kids events and a whole lot of fun!!! Attendance is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot. Pre-registration and a reservation fee of $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids 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)). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
Friday, 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.
Upon returning from the the hike, participants will have the opportunity to observe the moon through a “Viewing Scope’ compliments of the Verde Valley Astronomy Club.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Full Moon Hikes: 8/29, 9/27 & 10/27.
Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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”.
|Great Blue Heron||Bewick's Wren|
|Turkey Vulture||Canyon Wren|
|Common Black Hawk||Phainopepla|
|Red-tailed Hawk||Lucy's Warbler|
|American Kestrel||Yellow Warbler|
|Mourning Dove||Common Yellowthroat|
|Black-chinned Hummingbird||Yellow-breasted Chat|
|Anna's Hummingbird||Summer Tanager|
|Rufous Hummingbird||Western Tanager|
|Gila Woodpecker||Song Sparrow|
|Ladder-backed Woodpecker||Northern Cardinal|
|Black Phoebe||Blue Grosbeak|
|Say's Phoebe||Great-tailed Grackle|
|Western Kingbird||Brewers's Blackbird|
|Western-Scrub Jay||Brown-headed Cowbird|
|Violet-green Swallow||House Finch|
|Bridled Titmouse||Lesser Goldfinch|
On June 26, 2015, Ranger Luci reports that 38 different species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
- 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