Location

Red Rock Locator Map

Elevation 3,900 feet   Fees

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

Facilities

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#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $7.00
Youth (7–13): $4.00
Child (0–6): FREE

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Benefactors of Red Rock State Park

Benefactors of Red Rock State Park, a charitable organization




Red Rock State Park

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.

HOLIDAY HOURS:

Christmas Eve – 8am.–2pm.
Christmas Day - PARK CLOSED
Note: Entry Station & Visitors Center will close 1/2-hour before closing time.

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.

Park Events

Sunday, December 11: Geology Hike

1pm. Sedona 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 the beautiful red rock formations developed over long periods of time. 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. This hike is included with the park entrance fee.

 

Sunday, December 18: Archaeology Hike

1pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. 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 that 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. This hike is included with park entrance fees.

Sunday, January 8: Geology Hike

1pm. Sedona 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 the beautiful red rock formations developed over long periods of time. 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. This hike is included with the park entrance fee.

Sunday, January 15: Archaeology Hike

1pm. Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. 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 that 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. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. This hike is included with park entrance fees.

Sunday, January 22: Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

1pm. Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary times and wildlife. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water, wear suitable footwear and meet in the Visitor Center a little before 1PM.



Western TanangerWednesday & Saturday Bird Walks

9am. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Most year-round 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. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. 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.

Bird Walk Times: 9am. December-February, 8am. March-May, 7am. June-August, 8am. September-November

Useful Bird Watcher Resources:
March Bird Sightings (PDF Document 65 KB PDF) | April Bird Sightings (PDF Document 64 KB PDF) | May Bird Sightings (PDF Document 65 KB PDF) | June Bird Sightings (PDF Document 64 KB PDF) July Bird Sightings (PDF Document 49 KB PDF) Aug. Bird Sightings (PDF Document 52 KB PDF) Sept. Bird Sightings (PDF Document 53 KB PDF) Oct. Bird Sightings (PDF Document 53 KB PDF) Top 30 Bird Sightings (PDF Document 193 KB PDF) Birds Seen in 2015 (PDF Document 46 KB PDF)



Naturalist Hikes at Red Rock State ParkDaily Guided Nature Walks

10am. Daily Guided Nature Walks Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Hikes are included with park entrance fees. Daily Guided Hike Times: 10am. September – May, 9am. June – August.
“This walk is one of the best ways to learn about the Sedona landscape and have fun doing it!!!”

Self-Guided Hikes

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 (PDF Document 855 KB PDF)

Video Presentation

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 documentaryLoved 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.


Red Rock State Park - Cathedral Rock

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.


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