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.
July 3: Video Presentation in the Theater - Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona (Repeats July 10 & 24)
1pm. On these select dates you are invited to watch a very interesting video presentation about Native American archeological sites in Northern Arizona. These sites contain the cultural legacy of a fascinating prehistoric Indian people who first settled here nearly 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how their culture flourished, and the sophisticated structures and artifacts that reveal much about their lives. Today, you can almost see their culture evolve, from the farmlands of Sunset Crater, to the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and the spectacular cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle. Hike into Walnut Canyon and explore Tuzigoot, looming over the landscape in the fertile Verde Valley. This video presentation is included with your entrance fees. For additional information please call (928) 282-6907.
July 17: Sunday Lecture by the Oak Creek Watershed Council
1pm. Come join conservation professionals Nick Kowall and Max Tapia from the Oak Creek Watershed Council for an interesting and informative talk about our beloved Oak Creek waterway. They will cover the major importance of the creek and the challenges we face in preserving it's pristine nature. The presentation will start with a short award winning documentary called "Loved to Death" followed by a discussion with Nick and Max. This event is included with your entrance fees. Seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. For additional information and reservations please call (928) 282-6907.
July 19: Full Moon Hike
6:30pm. The Full Moon 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 2 - 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required in addition to an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 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 non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. This hike fills up early in the month so please call (928)282-6907 to reserve your spot.
July 31: Sunday Lecture: Thinking About Global Warming in Arizona by Dr. Matthew Goodwinst
1pm. What is known or unknown about global warming? What are the levels of certainty and uncertainty in the science? How do we identify good and bad information about global warming? In this lecture we will talk about how philosophy can help us think about global warming. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience, an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees. Seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. For more information and reservations please call (928)282-6907.
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks
7am. 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.
(Yearly Bird Hike Times: 9:00 A.M. Dec. Jan. Feb., 8:00 A.M. Mar. Apr. May Sept. Oct. Nov., 7:00 A.M. Jun. July Aug.)
Useful Bird Watcher Resources:
March Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) April Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) May Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) April Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) Top 30 Bird Sightings ( 193 KB PDF) Birds Seen in 2015 ( 46 KB PDF)
Daily Guided Nature Walks & Activities
9am. 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. (Yearly Guided Hike Times: 10am. October through May, 9am. June through September) “This walk is one of the best ways to learn about the Sedona landscape and have fun doing it!!!”
(PLEASE NOTE NEXT MONTH - JUNE DAILY GUIDED HIKES START AT 9am.)
(Yearly Guided Hike Times: 10am. Sep. through May, 9am. June through August)
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.
In February, 2016, Rangers reported 142 unique sightings of birds at Red Rock SP!
February Bird Sighting Report ( 79 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