ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
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(Phoenix, Arizona - October 2, 2013) - The fall season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors at Red Rock State Park in October 2013. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.
Geology Hike: On Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m., the return of fall also means the opportunity to join a guided hike that focuses on the geology of the area. Hike leader Chris Weld will help you to learn why the rocks are red, where they come from, where they are going, and more. This hike includes the Eagle's Nest Trail for a great view of the Park and surrounding area. More than a guided hike, it's an interpretive experience for beginners as well as advanced geologists. The hike lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable shoes.
Moonlight Hike: On Friday, October 18, join us for the last Moonlight Hike of the season. 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 archaeology, geology, botany and riparian wildlife information is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to arrive approximately 30 minutes before starting time to ensure participation. No late arrivals are allowed and reservations are required by calling (928) 282-6907. At that time, the arrival time will be given. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. A $5 per person program fee is charged at the time of the reservation in addition to the Park Entrance Fee. After the Moonlight Hike, JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of the Verde Valley, will host stargazing on the roof at the Visitor Center.
“Heart of The Circle – Heart of the Cedar” Hopi beliefs in Spiritual Protection: On Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Red Rock State Park is proud to host Roanna Jackson, member of the Hopi Sand Clan. Roanna will share her insight and knowledge into the Hopi beliefs and practices of spiritual protection. The Hopi Indians, who reside in the arid highlands of northeastern Arizona, have inhabited this land longer than any other people in North America. The Hopi are not only one of the oldest dwellers within this region, but are considered by many to possess an innate wisdom, knowledge and insight over spiritual matters long forgotten by our modern age. Seating is limited. A reservation fee of $5 per person is required, in addition to normal park entrance fees. For reservations please call Red Rock State Park directly at (928) 282-6907.
Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., bird enthusiasts will join a naturalist for a guided walk directed at beginning and advanced birders. Bring your own binoculars; only a limited number are available for loan from the park. Visitors will see many birds that make the park their home. The Hummingbird Patio is an excellent spot to start your tour. Another good viewing point is the visitor center roof. 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 because of the many species who live or visit here.
Nature Walk: Daily at 10 a.m., visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and will introduce them to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the park. Plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology are some of the subjects that may be discussed. Guided hikes are a learning experience allowing participants to take part in question and answer sessions.
Daily at 2 p.m., the park hosts either a guest speaker or a ranger/naturalist led activity of approximately 45-minutes. Programs may include a nature-hike, a special presentation or an educational/nature video. This program may be an indoor or outdoor activity.
A Junior Ranger program is available for children between the ages of six and 12. Junior Rangers pledge their part in helping preserve the beauty of the park for everyone! Junior Ranger booklets, available at the Visitor Center, have activities to complete. Once approved by a Ranger, the newest Junior Ranger at Red Rock State Park is sworn in after taking the pledge and receiving a Junior Ranger button.
The Park Visitor Center features many displays about the area's geology, archaeology, flora and fauna, including an interactive relief map of Sedona and computer programs about various park features, including the House of Apache Fires. The popular video, "The Natural Wonders of Sedona" narrated by local voice-over artist John Conway, is shown several times daily in the Park Theatre. Aerial explorations reveal ancient Indian ruins and dramatic landscapes, colorful desert wildflowers and local wildlife. There is also a Gift Shop with a wide selection of books, mementos, t-shirts and snacks, adjacent to the displays.
For more information about Red Rock State Park call (928) 282-6907. Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona, AZ. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Park Entrance Fee is $10 per vehicle for up to four adults. The Arizona State Park Annual Fee is available for $75 (some restrictions apply).
For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.