ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
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(Phoenix, Arizona - October 24, 2013) - In November 2013 at Red Rock State Park, the weather is cool enough to enjoy many hikes and walks amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.
Star Party: On Saturday, November 9 at 7:15 p.m., join us for a "Goodnight Summer Sky" Star Party in collaboration with Astronomers of the Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. The evening begins with a presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of the Verde Valley. Topics of discussion include current astronomical events such as the comet ISON, Nova Delphini, Meteor Showers, as well as the winter constellations.
Following the presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8 to 10 p.m. Neptune and Uranus will be visible as well as the clusters of Perseus, Auriga, Cassiopeia, Pleiades, and a seven day old moon. 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 light interference on the viewing scopes.
This program requires a $5 reservation fee per person prior to the event (children aged 14 and younger are free). The $10 entrance fee will also be applied upon arrival. Parking is limited for this event, so please call early to make a reservation at (928) 282-6907.
Geology Walk: On Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m., join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on the trails and discuss how Sedona transformed from millions of years of erosion and has receded over four miles. This is an interpretive experience for beginners as well as advanced hikers. The hike lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable footwear.
Lecture Series - "The Long Walk of the Navajo People" by Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie Ed.D.: On Sunday, November 24 at 11 a.m., Parsons-Yazzie will be speaking about the migration of the Navajo people from 1864-1868. The Long Walk, also known as "Hweeldi" by the Navajo people, refers to the event where the Navajo people were forced to walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The Navajo version of this unfortunate event has mostly remained an oral history for the Navajo people. Parsons-Yazzie is a professor at the University of Northern Arizona and is also an author published by Salina Bookshelf, Inc. Her work includes Navajo language books for both adults and children. Her latest is to be released in January. This program is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council and is part of Arizona Humanities Council's Journey Stories Program. Visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. The program will be held in the Park's theatre. Reservations are required because space is limited. Call the Park at (928) 282-6907 to make a reservation.
Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., bird enthusiasts will join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for 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., a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk and informs visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on the walk include: plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology. The walk is a learning experience allowing participants to take part in question and answer sessions.
Daily at 2 p.m., the park hosts 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.
Picnic Areas and Shelters: Several covered ramadas and picnic tables are available to reserve throughout the park. The ramadas feature charcoal barbecue grills, picnic tables, electrical outlets, water and nearby restrooms. To inquire about reserving a ramada for groups, call the park at (928) 282-6907. These areas are also available for daily visitors.
Red Rock State Park is a "pack in-pack out" facility and does not provide trash receptacles. Please remember to "pack out" your trash with you to help us protect the environment and wildlife.
Junior Ranger Program: 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.
Visitor Center: 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.