Statewide Calendar

90 Scheduled Events

February 14-29, 2024   Regular park hours

Be Mine Celebration

Jerome State Historic Park

Join us to celebrate mining in Arizona! Activities are offered every day at the park and rewards are offered while supplies last!

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Tuesdays, Feb. 27 | Mar. 26   8:30-10:30 a.m.

Desert Birding at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Meet in the Saguaro day use area to learn how to distinguish between birds and seek out hawks to hummingbirds all throughout the trail!

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Daily   10 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Hikes at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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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, archaeology, and plant life.

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Sundays and Wednesdays   11 a.m. (Wed. & Sundays) | 2 p.m. (Sundays)

Tours of Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
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Join us for a ranger or volunteer led walk through the Goodfellow Lodge, with a history of the property, the Lodge, and the people that called Tonto Natural Bridge home. Reservations are required!

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Wednesdays and Saturdays   9 a.m. | 8 a.m. March

Guided Bird Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Join us at Red Rock State Park for guided bird walks! Learn about Sedona's diverse and beautiful bird species while taking a stroll through this gorgeous park with a veteran bird enthusiast.

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Wednesdays   8 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park
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Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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Fridays   9 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk at Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
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Join us for a ranger led hike to learn about  the diverse avian wildlife at Patagonia Lake and Sonoita Creek.

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Every Friday   6 p.m.

Fridays by the Fire

Cattail Cove State Park

Join us every Friday at the Cattail Cove amphitheater to meet other campers, sit around the campfire, and enjoy the evening!

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First and Third Friday of the Month   Varies by Date

Catalina Nights

Catalina State Park
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Witness Catalina State Park’s nocturnal wildlife and stargaze on a one-mile, guided night hike on the Nature Trail. You’ll learn fun facts about the Sonoran Desert’s nocturnal animals like scorpions, coyotes, and bats. When the stars come out, experience a guided constellation tour featuring a variety of cultures and astronomy facts.

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March 1-3, 2024  

Bluegrass on the Beach Music Festival

Lake Havasu State Park

Come on out to the 2023 Bluegrass on the Beach Festival and mingle with bluegrass veterans and newcomers alike. There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don't be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in.

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Fridays   9 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk at Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join us for a ranger led hike to learn about  the diverse avian wildlife at Patagonia Lake and Sonoita Creek.

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Feb. 2, 9, 16 | Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22   2 p.m.

Music at the Mountain Karaoke Jam

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Miss America is back to host a creative musical event at the park, featuring Y-O-U! Bring your talent (or plain enthusiasm is fine too!), voice or other instruments to this combination karaoke/ jam session!

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Saturdays   10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Catalina State Park Nature Program

Catalina State Park

Learn about and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions to survive in the desert.

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Every Saturday starting January 20   9 a.m.

Guided Hike at Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join us for a 5.5 mile hike through Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. The hike will showcase the diversity of this stunning southern Arizona area.

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Every Saturday starting January 20   9 a.m.

Guided Hike at Sonoita Creek

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Join us for a 5.5 mile hike through Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. The hike will showcase the diversity of this stunning southern Arizona area.

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March 2   10 a.m.

Guided Hikes with Charles - Sunset Vista Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Have you ever wanted to get to the peak of Picacho but didn’t want to do it alone? Join our local volunteer Charles! He will guide you and a group of hikers up to the peak via our Hunter or Sunset trails.

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Saturdays through April 27, 2024  

Adventures at the Presidio

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join the Friends of Tubac Presidio State Historic Park for a new family-focused program each month to explore nature and create your very own nature craft to take home.

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March 2, 2024   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers with special guest Heather Hardy

Catalina State Park

Enjoy an afternoon of fine Americana with recording artists Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers with special guest Heather Hardy.

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Feb. 3 | Feb. 17 | Mar. 2   11 a.m.

Junior Ranger Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Do you and your kids love being outside? Are you all fascinated with nature? Then come out to Picacho Peak State Park for a Junior Ranger Guided Hike! Join Ranger Noah on a short hike in our park that is suitable for all ages!

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March 3 | April 28   9:30 a.m.

Into the Snake Den

Picacho Peak State Park
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Join our park rangers at Picacho Peak State Park and learn about some simply spectacular serpents! From the tricky hognose to the stunning rattler, these snakes are absolutely ecstatic to meet you!

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Sundays - except 2/18/24   10:30 a.m. | 1 p.m.

Faro Demonstrations

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Learn how to play the gambling game that took Tombstone by storm at our Faro Demonstrations every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with park volunteer Steve!

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Mar. 3 | Apr. 7, 2024   1 p.m.

Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Join us for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about one hour and include interesting information and the story of the Kannally family and their time in Oracle.

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Sundays   8 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks at Catalina

Catalina State Park
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Experienced bird guides lead this bird walk. They will help you spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park. Novices, seasoned birders, and every experience level of birder will enjoy this event.

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Sundays   9-11 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Hike the trails of Dead Horse Ranch State Park with an experienced hiking guide.

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Mondays   9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Riparian Hike at Sonoita Creek

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Join us for a ranger-led hike to learn about the the park's history and ecology of this unique and fragile natural area.

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First and Third Monday of the Month   9 a.m.

Romero Site Interpretive Hike

Catalina State Park

Join our local interpretive guides for a hike to the Romero Ruins. With this program, you'll walk through one thousand years of Hohokam history in 90 minutes.

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Mondays   9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Riparian Hike at Sonoita Creek

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join us for a ranger-led hike to learn about the the park's history and ecology of this unique and fragile natural area.

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First Thursday of the Month, October 2023 - April 2024   9:30-11 a.m.

Gift Shop Open House

McFarland State Historic Park

Visitors are invited to stop by the park gift shop for coffee, conversations with local artisans, and the chance to shop for unique items!

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Thursday, March 7, 2024   11 a.m.

Ernest Talks: They Beat the Heat!

McFarland State Historic Park
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What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a vital and daily issue in life today? Learn how Arizonans adjusted to life in the desert before the arrival of air conditioners.

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March 9-17, 2024   9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

ShamROCK Hunt and Gold Panning

Jerome State Historic Park
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Join us for a fun event with gold panning, crafts and a shamrock hunt!

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Feb. 10 | Feb. 24 | Mar. 9   10:30 a.m.

The Soldier's March

Picacho Peak State Park

Have you ever heard of the Battle of Picacho Pass? Do you want to know what happened that fateful day? Join Ranger Noah for a short walk through the history of the most westward Civil War battle that took place in Arizona. Learn the who, what, where, and why of the battle and how it affected the path to statehood for Arizona.

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Saturday, March 9   6:30 P.M.

Star Party at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park

Come out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with JD Maddy and the Astronomers of Verde Valley.

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March 9, 2024   1-5 p.m.

Chowderfest

Lake Havasu State Park

Join Soroptimist International of Lake Havasu City for the ultimate comfort food and fun celebration. Warm your body and open your heart—one cup at a time—at Southwest Chowderfest, hosted by Soroptimist International of Lake Havasu City at Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park.

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Feb. 10 | Mar. 9, 2024   Times vary

Star Party at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party! Registration is required!

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Feb. 24, March 9   8 a.m.

Ranger Kira Guided Hikes - Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Have you ever wondered what the top of Picacho Peak looks like? Well, wonder no more! Join our wonderful Ranger Kira on a hike to the peak. You and a few other hikers will be guided up to the top of the mountain via the Sunset or Hunter trail.

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November - June   Times vary

Stargazing at Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak State Park
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Join a park ranger at Picacho Peak for a night of stargazing. You'll learn about constellations, wayfinding, and can even peer through a telescope for a closer look at the stars.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: Stickley Room by Room

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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In celebration of Gustav Stickley’s birthday, join us for a tour focused on the Stickley furniture and the Arts and Crafts Style.

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Sunday, January 28   6:30 p.m.

Adaptive Planet: Fire and Ice

Lost Dutchman State Park

What do the Arctic tundra and the Sonoran Desert have in common? More than you might think! Discover desert marvels and fascinating survivors of the extreme on this journey through opposing biomes.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024   1:00 p.m.

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike led by our knowledgeable volunteers will take you out on our trails to discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker. Reservations are required.

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Mar. 10 | Mar. 30 | April 27   10 a.m. | 8 a.m. (March-April)

Geology Tour at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Join Oracle State Park’s volunteer geologist, Tom Buckley, on a tour of the unique geology of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This program is by reservation only.

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March 10   5:30 p.m.

Music in the Park with Steve Jones

Patagonia Lake State Park
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Yampa Valley Steve (Steve Jones), a singer-songwriter, will entertain you at Patagonia Lake State Park.

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Second and fourth Monday of the month   10 a.m.

Catalina State Park - Past, Present, Future

Catalina State Park

Join one of our park volunteers to explore the history of Catalina State Park and its surroundings from the 1850s to today, and get a sneak peek of exciting upgrades planned.

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March 11, 2024   12:15 p.m.

Lunchtime Lecture: Lost and Found - Archaeology in Glen Canyon Before and After Lake Powell

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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Archeologist Kim Spurr will present recent and ongoing field studies by the Museum of Northern Arizona aimed at identifying threats to cultural sites and methods to preserve them.

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February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8   Times vary

Guided Bird Walk at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join us at Lost Dutchman State Park for a program that covers the basics of bird watching and includes a guided walk on the trails searching for our feathered friends.

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March 15-17, 2024   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

McCulloch Cup – Hobie Cat Regatta

Lake Havasu State Park

Competitors travel from across the Western U.S. for the event. Races will take place off of Windsor Beach in Lake Havasu State Park. Spectators are welcome to watch the beautiful multi-colored sails race on the blue waters of Lake Havasu, from the water or the beach with an entry fee to the park!

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Mar. 16   6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Star Party at Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak State Park
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Come out for a night under the stars at Picacho Peak State Park! The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will be on site with high-powered telescopes and guides to the night sky.

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Mar. 16 | May 11 | Oct. 12, 2024   Varies by Date

Star Party at Cattail Cove

Cattail Cove State Park
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Join us for a star party to explore the night sky at Cattail Cove State Park. Bring your sense of wonder!

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March 16, 2024   10 a.m.

Strut Your Mutt Parade

Lyman Lake State Park

Come out and show off your pet at the Lyman Lake Strut Your Mutt Parade!

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March 16-17, 2024   9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Living History Mountain Man Camp

Fort Verde State Historic Park
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Come learn about this era of American western history the early 1800s. Find out how these early explorers made their living through fur trapping, trading and outdoor survival skills.

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Feb. 17, March 16, April 20   Times Vary

Guided Hikes with Charles - Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park
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Join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360 degree views from the top of Picacho Peak.

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March 16 | April 13, 2024   Time varies

Music in Lost Dutchman State Park: Mark Fogelson

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Enjoy a live musical performance in the park by singer and songwriter Mark Fogelson. Sit back and listen to the quiet stories and emotions that linger in his folk songs.

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Sunday, March 17   1:00 p.m.

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park. The hike will identify the various archaeological features visible from park trails and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. The guide will also touch on ideas of other cultures that likely have made use of the park’s resources. Reservations are required.

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Feb. 18, March 17, Apr. 21   10 a.m.

Picacho Peak Bird Walk

Picacho Peak State Park
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Walk the trails with one of our rangers and learn of the many birds inhabiting the Sonoran Desert region!

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February 11, March 17, April 7   2-3 p.m.

Music in Lost Dutchman State Park: Singer Songwriter Steve Holmquist

Lost Dutchman State Park

Local singer, guitarist, & songwriter from Copper Country will be performing all original stories and songs focusing on our local areas, animals, and characters. Bring a chair and join us around the campfire!

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February 11 | March 17   6:30 p.m.

Wildfire - Friend or Foe?

Lost Dutchman State Park

Throughout history, foresters have had an interesting relationship with wildfires as they learned more about their ecological impact. More than a destructive force, fires promote growth and revitalization. Bring a chair to sit around a campfire and ignite your curiosity for this historical narrative of the old fire tower system and how nature recovers. Bring all your burning questions!

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February 21, March 20, April 17   9 a.m.

Nature's Bounty - Discovering the Herbal Riches of the Desert

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Come out to the park and find out how the Native Peoples of the Sonoran Desert treated a variety of ailments using the plants found in their habitat.

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Feb. 23 | Mar. 22 | Mar. 23 | April 26 | May 19   Varies by Date

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park
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This beautiful program is designed to start with a famous Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, and end under the light of the full moon.

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Saturday, March 23, 2024   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

"Spring into Spring!" Guided Hike

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Spring into spring with a guided hike at Kartchner Caverns along the Foothills Loop Trail!

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Feb. 10 | March 23 | Apr. 13   8 a.m.

Ranger Kira Guided Hikes - Sunset Vista Trail

Picacho Peak State Park
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Have you ever wondered what the top of Picacho Peak looks like? Well, wonder no more! Join our wonderful Ranger Kira on a hike to the peak. You and a few other hikers will be guided up to the top of the mountain via the Sunset Trail.

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Saturday, March 23, 2024   2 p.m.

March Lecture with Borderlandia

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join the Friends of Tubac Presidio State Historic Park for a lecture with Borderlandia with public historian Alex La Pierre on one of the most important figures in the history of the Southwest and Mexico, Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino.

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Sunday, February 25 | March 24   1:00 p.m.

Ethnobotany Guided Hike at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Learn more about the native plants of Sedona and how they're interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, wildlife, and even modern society.

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March 24   10 a.m.

PokePeak

Picacho Peak State Park

Come on down to Picacho Peak and start your Pokemon Go adventure with a ranger by your side! This short hike will bring you to multiple stops where you can catch, collect, and learn about the desert around you and the creatures that might be here.

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Feb. 25 | Mar. 24, 2024   11:30 a.m.

Superstition Mountain Geology

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Join ASU professor Steve Semken and learn about the geology of the Superstition Mountains. Steve teaches ASU courses in regional geology and sustainability of the Southwest, in field geology, in Earth history, and in science education.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024   11 a.m.

Ernest Talks: Archaeology's Perspective on Sustainability

McFarland State Historic Park
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Join us for a program on the deep-time perspective that archaeology, geology, and related disciplines provide about natural hazards, environmental change, and societal development is often ignored when societies today make decisions affecting social sustainability and human safety.

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March 30, 2024   10 a.m.

Egg Hunt

Lyman Lake State Park

Calling all ages! Come join us for an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games, and more!

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February 17 and March 30, 2024   5 p.m. (Feb.) | 5:30 p.m. (March)

Music at Lost Dutchman with Steve Jones

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Yampa Valley Steve (Steve Jones), a singer-songwriter, will entertain you at Lost Dutchman State Park.

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March 30   8 a.m.

Ranger Kira Guided Hike - Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Picacho Peak's trails? Well, wonder no more! Join our wonderful Ranger Kira on a hike at the park. Learn more about the mountain and the surrounding areas, make some new hiking buddies, and enjoy the views.

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March 31   6:30 p.m.

Scorpion Hunt at Picacho!

Picacho Peak State Park
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Join our rangers in a search for some amazing scorpions! Look by rocks, in bushes, and even just crawling around on the ground. These skittering scorpions are not too hard to find once you start looking.

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Feb. 3, April 6   Times vary

Guided Hikes with Charles - Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park
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Have you ever wanted to get to the peak of Picacho but didn’t want to do it alone? Join our local volunteer Charles! He will guide you and a group of hikers up to the peak via our Hunter or Sunset trails.

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April 14, 2024   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: The Ones Who Were Hired

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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Enjoy a a specialized tour that highlights the individuals who worked for the Riordans. We will discuss not only the employees that made the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company so successful, but also the domestics that worked in the house. Hear their stories about their experiences and how they contributed to the community of Flagstaff.

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Feb. 4 | April 14   9:30 a.m.

Touch Table Talk at Picacho

Picacho Peak State Park

Come on down to the Visitor Center and ask a ranger about our touch table! Learn about the different plants, animals, and minerals here at Picacho Peak. Take a closer look at some animal skulls, feel some cool pelts, and learn about the different minerals on our peak.

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April 20, 2024   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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Celebrate Earth Day with us under the red rocks in beautiful Sedona! Learn from our park rangers, volunteers, and community partners about some of the plants, animals, and beautiful landscapes in the Sedona area and across Arizona.

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April - September   Times vary

Moonlight Hikes at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park
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The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park in Sedona. Join us for an exciting evening under the night sky of Sedona.

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April 25, 2024   8 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration at Lyman Lake

Lyman Lake State Park
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Come celebrate Earth Day with us at Lyman lake State Park! Experience the expansive views, a beautiful lake, and gorgeous Arizona skies at this awesome event!

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April 25-28, 2024  

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come to the park for a fun festival of exploring birds, bugs and nature!

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Monthly, April-November   6 p.m. (Arizona time)

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park
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Come out to Homolovi's Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars. Enjoy astronomy presentations featuring special guests with telescope viewing to follow. Bring your sense of wonder!

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Saturday, May 4, 2023   11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mothers and Daughters Tea Party at Lyman Lake

Lyman Lake State Park

Join us for a special mothers and daughters tea party at Lyman Lake State Park!

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May 12, 2024   3 p.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: The Women of the Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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Step back to 1904 with a guided tour of the Riordan Mansion featuring the Riordan ladies and their stories. 

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May 25 | June 15 and 29 | July 6 and 20 | August 17 and 31   8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fishing at Lyman Lake

Lyman Lake State Park

Join us for a fun morning of learning how to fish at the park - with equipment provided!

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Every Saturday, May 25-August 30   6 p.m.

Guided Hike on the Petroglyph Trail

Lyman Lake State Park
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Come out to cool Lyman Lake State Park for a ranger-led hikes on the Petroglyph Trail.

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June 6-9, 2024  

Buses By the Lake at Lyman

Lyman Lake State Park

Do you own a VW bus? Are you intrigued by the VW bus culture? Join us at the Buses at the Lake event at the park!

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Mar. 9 | Apr. 13 | June 8, 2024   Varies by Date

Star Party at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park
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Join us at Oracle State Park for a Star Party to enjoy interpretation of night sky objects and telescope viewing at this International Dark Sky Park.

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June 9 | July 14, 2024   9-10:30 a.m.

Riordan Mansion Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
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A 90-minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton.

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Saturday, June 15, 2024   10 a.m.

Scavenger Hunt

Lyman Lake State Park

Do you like solving riddles? Then come to Lyman Lake State Park for an outdoor adventure!

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July 6, 2024   5 p.m.

Stroll Your Roll Parade

Lyman Lake State Park

Bring your bicycle, tricycle, scooter, or stroller and as many red, white, and blue decorations as you can, and stroll or roll in Lyman Lake State Park's patriotic parade around the park!

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August 31, 2024   6:30 p.m.

Patriotic Glow Boat Parade

Lyman Lake State Park

Join us at Lyman Lake for a patriotic water parade! Decorate your watercraft to participate!

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Every Saturday in October   6-8 p.m.

Haunted House

Lyman Lake State Park
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Join Lyman Lake State Park for a spooktacular Haunted House event. All ages are welcome! 

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October 12, 2024   All day

Spooktacular Camping

Lyman Lake State Park

Decorate your campsite or cabin and join us for a trunk or treat event at the park! Plus, bring a pumpkin for a carving contest!

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May 4 | Oct. 26, 2024   Varies by Date

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park
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Imagine what you can see with telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association at Catalina State Park! Join us for an exciting, educational Star Party!

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Saturday, November 2, 2024   Solar viewing - noon, Stargazing - 5 p.m.

Alamo Lake Star Party

Alamo Lake State Park
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Alamo Lake offers some of the best conditions for stargazing. Join the solar observations from noon to 4 p.m., and following a 5 p.m. presentation, view the night sky through professional telescopes.

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