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Hikes, Walks and Lecture in September at Red Rock State Park

(Phoenix, Arizona - August 26, 2014) - In September 2014, Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, Geology Hike and Dr. Kennard Bork will speak about the how Sedona's red rocks were formed. The park also offers guided bird walks and nature walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Moonlight Hike: On Tuesday, September 9 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. 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.

Geology Hike: On Sunday, September 14 at 1 p.m., join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what can be seen today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is more than 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker that lasts between 2 to 2 ½ hours and has an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

Lecture Series: As Sedona's Red Rocks were Being Formed: On Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. in the Park Theatre, Dr. Kennard Bork will discuss the fascinating world of the Permian Period and what Sedona may have looked like during this time. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as the famous red rocks were being formed.

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.

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 since 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 or Visit AZStateParks.com. 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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