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Red Rock State Park Features Moonlight
Hike, Walks and Lectures in August

(Phoenix, Arizona - July 31, 2014) - Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, and Gregory McNamee with the Arizona Humanities Council will speak about the "Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout" in August 2014. The park also offers guided bird walks and nature walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Lecture Series: Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns Indian Scout: On Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m. in the Park Theatre, Gregory McNamee will speak about the fascinating life of Mike Burns who was born Yavapai. He was later captive of U.S. soldiers until he joined the Indian Scouts riding against Sitting Bull and Geronimo.

Gregory McNamee is an editor, writer, publisher and photographer. He is the author of more than 36 books and the author of more than 4,000 articles and publications. He is a research fellow at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona and a lecturer at the Eller School of Management and the University of Arizona.

Please call ahead to reserve your space at (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the Park's admission fees. The admission fees are $5 per adult aged 14 and older, $3 per youth aged 7-13 and free for children aged 6 and younger. This program is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. Visit www.azhumanities.org for more information.

Moonlight Hike: On Sunday, August 10 at 6 p.m., join us for our most popular interpretive hike. 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. A knowledgeable guide also offers information about the Verde Valley and park history as well as archaeology, geology, botany and riparian wildlife. The hike lasts 2 to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately 2 miles.

Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot by calling (928) 282-6907. A $5 reservation fee is required in addition to the Park's admission fees. The admission fees are $5 per adult aged 14 years and older, $3 per youth aged 7-13 and free for children 6 and younger. Rangers ask hikers to arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to ensure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool night) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 7 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 9 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 is sworn in after taking the pledge and receives 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. The video features aerial explorations of Indian ruins and dramatic landscapes, colorful desert wildflowers and local wildlife.

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, Ariz. 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 $5 per adult aged 14 and older, $3 per youth aged 7-13 and free for children 6 and younger. The Arizona State Park Annual Pass 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.


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