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 latest bird sightings below.
Park Event Calendar
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Sunday, February 14: Geology Hike with Chris Weld
1pm. 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. Millions of years of erosion has caused the rim to recede 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. For more information call (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the park admission.
Saturday February 20: Watercolor Workshop - Winter Birds
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 February theme will be Winter Birds. Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. She has studied with several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez. This workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in 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.
Sunday February 21: Archaeology Hike
1pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. For more information call (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the park admission.
Sunday, February 28: Lecture Series: Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam
2pm.Red Rock State Park is proud to present Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart who will be presenting a talk on the culture of the Hohokam Native Americans. The Hohokam culture flourished from the sixth through the fifteenth centuries then mysteriously disappeared. Allen will provide an interesting discussion on possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs, deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. This lecture will be held in the park’s theater starting at 2 P.M. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the park admission fee: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7-13). We are located at 4050 Red Rock Loop Road. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Special Musical Event
Sunday, March 13: Native American Flute Performance - Heartfelt Presentation-Echoes of Silence
2pm. Red Rock State Park is proud to host internationally recognized native flute player Jesse Kalu. The performance will take place within our Visitor Center Theater and seating will be limited. Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour.
This Heartfelt Presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has their own name and song. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawk, owl, seagulls, dolphins, whales, coyotes, wolf, elk and more.
Jesse Kalu has been sharing his music throughout the world since 1994. In January 1995, he was invited to share at Yoga for World Peace Conference in Jerusalem, Israel. From 1996 through 2002, he toured several times in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your spot at (928) 282-6907. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7-13). See more HERE.
Sunday Lecture: March 20: Plants Inspiring the People – Reflections on Hualapai Ethno Botany of the Grand Canyon
2pm. Speaker Carrie Cannon has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, an M.S. in Recourse Management and is of Lakota descent. She currently works for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources. The information presented will examine the crucial role plant resource acquisition has played in Hualapai culture; knowledge that has been fine-tuned and perfected over millennia. This lecture is included with your entrance fee. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat 928-282-6907. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks
9am. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the Visitor Center. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. If birding on your own, the Hummingbird Patio is an excellent spot to start your tour. Another good viewing point is the Visitor Center roof. Most year-around birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field behind the Visitor Center. The Audubon Society has designated Red Rock State Park as an Important Birding Area (IBA) because of the many species that live or visit here. Walks are included with park entrance fees.
Daily Guided Nature Walks & Activities
10am. Join a volunteer naturalist as they lead you on a guided nature walk informing you about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. This hike is included with your entrance fee.
IThe 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. Detailed information is available at the Visitor Center. Bikes and horses are allowed on designated routes. Download Printable Park Map & Brochure ( 855 KB PDF)
The parks large movie theater plays the popular video - "The Natural Wonders of Sedona", narrated by local voice-over artist John Conway. It features aerial explorations of ancient Indian ruins and dramatic landscapes, colorful desert wildflowers, and local wildlife. Also playing in the theater is the documentary “Loved To Death” produced by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and funded by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This film documents the wonderful efforts of the Oak Creek Ambassadors Program to educate the general public about the extreme environmental importance of our natural waterways and their valiant efforts to keep Oak Creek clean.
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.
On January 2, 2016, Rangers reported 134 unique sightings of birds at Red Rock SP!
December Bird Sighting Report (74 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