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Elevation 3,900 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 282-6907
Red Rock SP
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336


Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 5 miles

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Park's Speed Code: 4234#


Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $5.00
Youth (7–13): $3.00
Child (0–6): FREE

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Red Rock State Park

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.

Red Rock State Park Photo
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.

Events Calendar

Download Red Rock SP Events Calendar (PDF Document 1 MB PDF)

Upcoming Events

  • May 4: Lecture Series: Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces
  • May 11: Guided Geology Hike
  • May 15: Moonlight Hike
  • May 25: Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices
  • May 30: Star Night Party

Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am

At 10:00 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 2:00 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.

Best OfWednesday & Saturday Bird Walks at 8 am

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 (PDF Document 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

LectureMay 4: Lecture Series: Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces

2 pm. Red Rock State Park will be welcoming Allen Dart back for our first lecture series of the month. Allen will be speaking about ‘Southwestern Rock Calendars and Time Pieces’; this lecture will explore the early Native American Cultures of the Southwest including the Mesa Verde culture of the Southern Colorado and Utah, the Chaco Culture centered in Northwestern New Mexico, and the Hohokam Culture of Southern Arizona and their relationship and skills with astronomy. These early cultures developed methods of predicting the seasons through astronomy centuries before the Old World people had settled in the area. These sophisticated skills developed will be explained in Dart’s lecture by examining architecture, settlement planning, and petroglyph sites as evidence of early astronomy and calendrical reckoning.

Allen Dart is a Registered Professional Archeologist (R.P.A.), holds a M.A. in Anthropology and has been working in archeology since 1975. He has spent time both working and volunteering for various organizations throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Currently, Dart is working for the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service in Phoenix and serves as the Executive Director for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson Arizona.

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.

Geology HikeMay 11: Guided Geology Hike

1:00 pm. The 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. 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.

Moonlight HikeMay 14: Moonlight Hike

Hikers should arrive at 6:00 pm to check-in before the 6:30 pm hike. 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. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees 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. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

May 25: Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices

2 pm. On Sunday, May 25th Kenneth Zoll will be joining us to talk about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. Seasonal calendars were the foundation for early cultures for hunting, gathering, planting, harvesting, celebrating, and worshipping. Join us to learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events.
Kenneth is an archeology enthusiast, to say the least. He’s currently the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, a site steward with the Arizona State Historical Preservation Office, an a volunteer docent at many cultural heritage sites for the Coconino National Forest. Kenneth is also a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archeological Society and has written many popular books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona.

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.

Star Party Astronomy EventMay 30: Star Night Party (Reservations Required)

7:30 pm. This event is a collaboration with AZ State Parks, Astronomers of Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. Star Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest- --perhaps one from another world? 7:30 pm presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Topics of discussion will range from current astronomical events including the many clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets.

Following the presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturn and Jupiter will be visible; as well as the clusters of Coma Berenices, Virgo, Cancer, and Hercules. Several planetary nebulas, or exploded stars, may also be seen.

There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as snacks, and warm drinks. Please bring bottled water and a folding chair for your own comfort and dress appropriately for cool weather. If you would like to bring a flashlight, please cover the end with red cellophane to minimize the light interference of the viewing scopes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the event. This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to 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. Learn more about Star Night Parties and watch video

Self-Guided Hikes

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 (PDF Document 855 KB PDF)

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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.



Video Presentation

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”.

Bird Sightings, April 15, 2014

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Wood Duck
Cooper's Hawk
Common Blackhawk
Red Tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet Green Swallow
Bridled Titmouse
Juniper Titmouse
Bewick's Wren
Canyon Wren
Lucy's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Abert's Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

On November 30, 2013, Ranger Halley reports that 31 species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!

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