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71 Scheduled Events

Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, 2019   4:30 p.m.

Boat Parade of Lights Viewing at Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park will again be offering free admission to the Windsor 4 event area for the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Guests will be able to view the parade from the London Bridge Channel shoreline.

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December 7, 2019 - January 4, 2020   Normal park hours

Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations. Discover all of the events celebrated at the Fort and in the town of Camp Verde!

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Every Saturday in December   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nature Program: Saturdays in December

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 Wednesday and Saturday   8:00 a.m.

Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginners and advanced birders. The greatest diversity of bird species can be found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field behind the Visitor Center.

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December 7   4:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns Photo Tours!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Have you ever wanted to take photos of the amazing underground world of Kartchner Caverns? Here's your chance! Arizona State Parks and Trails now offers an opportunity to take photos inside the cave every month. Registration for this tour is $125 per person.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019   9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Annual Christmas Party and Crafts

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Get into the holiday spirit at Riordan Mansion!

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Saturdays & Sundays   Varies

Boat Tours

Patagonia Lake State Park

Experience a boat tour around Patagonia Lake! Discover the history, vegetation, and overwhelming beauty of the surrounding area.

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December 7 and 14, 2019   5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Join us as we host candlelight tours through Fort Verde State Park's historic homes along Officer's Row. December 14 is a fee free day sponsored by Camp Verde Parks & Recreation!

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Every Saturday   2:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Join staff and visitors for an Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center!

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Every Saturday   2 p.m.

Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center

River Island State Park

Join staff and visitors for an Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center in Buckskin Mountain State Park!

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Dec. 7 | Feb. 1 | Apr. 4   Times Vary

Hike the Peak!

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Saturday, December 7, 2019   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Bruce Carlson

Catalina State Park

Join us for our December concert series featuring Bruce Carlson!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019   8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Buffel Slayers

Catalina State Park

Join the Buffel Slayers to eradicate buffelgrass from the area. Be prepared to work hard!

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December 7, 2019   10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ornament-making Workshop

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Bring the kids to the park  to make their own Victorian holiday ornament, also known as a “tussy mussy.”

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2nd Sunday of the month, October to May   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.

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Sundays in December   8:00 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks

Catalina State Park

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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Sunday, December 8, 2019   1:00 p.m.

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop

Oracle State Park

Join rangers at Oracle State Park for a festive activity and a souvenir to bring home with you! Make your own holiday wreath using plant material gathered at Oracle State Park, including soapberry, mistletoe, buckwheat, manzanita, juniper and more.

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December 9, 15, 24, 29, 31, 2019   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walks

Catalina State Park

Join a park ranger on a guided tour where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park.

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December 9, 2019   12:15-1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Dinosaur Wars

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Gilded Age is remembered as a time of corruption and unscrupulous behavior among businessmen and politicians. This nefarious behavior transcended into science, where two paleontologists—Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh—went from friendly collaborators to bitter rivals.

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Wednesdays   8 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walks

Catalina State Park

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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Wednesday, December 11, 2019   6-8:00 p.m.

Full Moon Hikes

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains during the full moon.

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Fridays   8 a.m.

Friday Guided Bird Walk

Catalina State Park

Join experienced bird guides Nancy and Steve lead this bird walk through the park.  They will help participants spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Catalina Mountains.

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Every Friday morning   9:00 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks

Patagonia Lake State Park

Guided bird walks are back! Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the southern Arizona foothills.

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Friday, December 13, 2019   8:15 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks

Oracle State Park

Oracle is a beautiful, quiet park at about 4500 feet elevation, with a different habitat than Tucson, offering a chance to see higher elevation species.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019   5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Lighting of the Luminaries

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

The staff at the courthouse will begin lighting the luminaries at dusk. Join us for holiday refreshments in the gallows courtyard, local carolers, kids crafts, and a classic holiday movie!

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Saturday, December 14, 2019   1:00 p.m.

Santa at the Park!

Patagonia Lake State Park

Guess Who's Coming to Town? Join Patagonia Lake State Park in celebrating the season! Activities include ornament crafts, a cakewalk, and donations to Toys for Tots! Plus, don't miss an appearance by Santa Claus himself!

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Saturday, December 14, 2019   4-5 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Steve Holmquist

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join singer-songwriter Steve Holmquist for original stories and songs in the heart of the desert.

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December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11   9:40 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.

Sign Language Saturday Cave Tours

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come out and see the caves! Arizona State Parks and Trails is excited to announce our new Sign Language Saturdays. We will be offering tours joined by a sign language interpreter to help make the experience the most fun and educational for those in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

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December 14, 2019   2 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: Jack Lasseter -“Navajo Code Talkers”

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This is the famous story of the Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific during WWII, through the eyes of Chester Nez who, like so many other Navajos, just wanted to serve his country and make his father proud.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019   2 p.m.

A Holiday Visit to Early 1900s Oracle

Oracle State Park

Join local author Barbara Marriott (Annie’s Guests: Tales from a Frontier Hotel) for a slide show program in the living room of the historic Kannally Ranch House.

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3rd Sunday of the month, October to May   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.

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Sundays, December 15 and 29, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Sunday Geology Walks

Catalina State Park

Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen.

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Sundays, December 15, 22, 29, 2019   9:00 am

Introduction to GeoCaching

Catalina State Park

Did you ever wonder about geocaching? It's a high-tech treasure hunt!

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Monday, December 16, 2019   8-10:00 a.m.

Medicinal Plant Hike

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join volunteer Georgy as she introduces you to edible and healing plants of the Sonoran Desert! What are the plants that live in the Sonoran Desert? How have they adapted, do they have medicinal qualities? Come join this hike, walk among these plants and discover what a significant role they play in their desert habitat.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019   9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Getting to Know the Birds Around You!

Lost Dutchman State Park

Learn how to distinguish between birds and find resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds) and for any late migrants on their way south.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019   9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bird Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join "birder Vera" for an amazing experience learning about the birds of the desert!

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December 20, 21, 22, 23   4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Riordan Special Tour: Christmas Twilight Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

This guided tour will focus on Christmas traditions and guests will have the special treat of seeing the Christmas tree and billiards room photo transparency windows at night. 

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Saturday, December 21, 2019   6:30-8 p.m.

Bats: Truth or Tales

Lost Dutchman State Park

Bat guy (Brian Buttazoni) will talk about the truth or tales of bats during this one-hour program. Join us to learn about the wide variety of bats around the world and here in Arizona. You will hear the sounds that bats make, and see photos of the unique species and places they live in.

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Dec. 21 | Jan. 18 | Feb. 15 | Mar. 21   10:00 am

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as your hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019   2-5:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Mother Cody Band

Catalina State Park

Come on out to Catalina State Park and enjoy a performance from Mother Cody Band, a dance band from Oracle, Arizona!

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Saturday, December 28, 2019   6:30-9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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Saturday, December 28, 2019   6:30-8:00 p.m.

Musical Trio with Indigenous and Modern Instruments

Lost Dutchman State Park

Bernie Haley with Robert Johnson and Jenn Steege will be presenting a musical interweaving through indigenous and modern instruments, including wooden flutes, didgeridoo and guitar.

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January 1, 2020   9:30 a.m.

First Day Hikes: Ranger-Led Bird Walk

Roper Lake State Park

Join us for a 1.5 mile leisurely hike looking at the visiting birds.

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January 1, 2020   9 a.m.

First Day Hike at Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake State Park

Come hike where the Sonoran desert meets the Mohave and the giant saguaro share space with the Joshua trees. All participants will meet at the Ranger station/store parking lot. The hike will be approximately two-hours long up the Burro Trail. 

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Buckskin Mountain State Park

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Join Arizona State Parks & Trails park rangers for a moderately difficult hike, available to all ages. Meet at the trailhead across from the Ranger Station. Pets are allowed and must be leashed. Length of the hike is about two hours, covering 1.5 miles of beautiful scenery and interpretation of popular desert trees. 

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

First Day Hikes at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Join us for one (or both!) of the two great hikes being offered at Dead Horse Ranch State Park to kick off the new year on a healthy note! Great views, a breath of fresh air, and hot chocolate!

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

Join a Park Ranger for hike to Diné Point via the Tsu’vö trail. Hikers will pass by petroglyph's from the early occupation period at Homolovi (620-890 AD) up to Diné Point overlook. The hike is on moderate, sandy trails and is approximately two miles total.

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January 1, 2020   9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

First Day Hike at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us for two guided hikes at Kartchner Caverns State Park to kick off 2020! The first will be a moderately difficult hike and the second is moderate. Explore the park with our rangers and get the new year started right!

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park

Meet at the trailhead for this moderate 2-mile hike with a snack and water break at our lovely Cactus Garden. The hike will last approximately three hours and will include the history, fauna and wildlife in the area.

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January 1, 2020   8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

First Day Hikes at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park is hosting three guided hikes on New Year's Day to start 2020 off on a healthy note. Choose from a moderate hike at 8 a.m. & 11 a.m., or the easier hike at 11 a.m.

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Start off the new year with a Guided Hike at Oracle State Park!

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

A volunteer naturalist will lead 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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January 1, 2020   9 a.m.

First Day Hike at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Assistant manager Jack McCabe will lead a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokan's largest ruin site in Catalina State Park.

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January 1, 2020   8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 3:45 p.m.

First Day Hikes at Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park

Boat tours and hikes are going on all day long at Patagonia Lake State Park! Pick your adventure and enjoy a day outside in the New Year!

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Jan. 1, 2020   10:00 a.m.

First Day Hike on Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

First Day Hike! Hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak.

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Jan. 4 | Mar. 7 |   10:00 am

Guided Hike- Sunset Vista Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the scenic Sunset Vista Trail that will lead you to the top of Picacho Peak.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020   2:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Lyric Williams

Catalina State Park

Enjoy an eclectic mixture of gunslinger ballads, slow jams and rock favorites.  Catalina State Park’s own park ranger Lyric Williams will be performing everything from old country to classic rock and even some originals!

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January 5, 2020   2:00 p.m.

The Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography

Red Rock State Park

This presentation by Jim Turner includes powerful images that make the land and its people come alive.

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2nd and 4th Thursday of the month   10 a.m. to noon

Ranger-Guided Tour: The River Made Me

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This walk explores the history of Tubac, nature, the Santa Cruz River and the Anza Trail.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020   2-3 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: Jack Lasseter - Places to Go and See Here in AZ

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

What are some places to go and see this season? Come and hear Jack share with you some of the trips to make and things to see and do that he would recommend to enhance your winter’s stay.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020   2 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Bill Ganz

Catalina State Park

Bill Ganz has performed on the Tucson music scene for more than 28 years and is a member of the Western Music Association.

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January 18, 2020-January 10, 2021

Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol'ovi

Homolovi State Park

Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi is on display at the La Posada Hotel in Winslow until January 2021. The exhibit looks at the community of Homol’ovi, formed by immigrants more than 700 years ago, along the Little Colorado River near present-day Winslow.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020   2 p.m.

The Ted Ramirez Concert Series presents: John Coinman with Blair Forward

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up on the Kiowa Grasslands in Clayton, New Mexico. He has recorded five solo albums, had numerous songs in films and on television, and collaborated with many notable artists.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020   9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2nd Annual Anza Fun Run: Two Leagues, Two Parks, One Trail

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a four-mile run (or walk) along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail starting at Tumacácori National Historical Park and concluding at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cave Fest

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Celebrate the scientific value and the beauty of caves at Kartchner Caverns State Park. The day will include expert talks by bat researchers, games, crafts, activities, science experiments, live animals, and more!

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4th Saturday of the month   Sunset

Star Parties at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

On the fourth Saturday of every month, Homolovi State Park hosts a star party at the park's observatory! Come and marvel at the wonders of the cosmos!

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Feb. 1 | April 25 | Oct. 10   Times vary

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

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, February 1, 2020   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Austin Owen

Catalina State Park

Austin Owen will return to Catalina State Park on February 1st to perform an eclectic mix of music ranging from R&B to Bossa nova! 

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February 8 to March 22, 2020

Water/Ways Exhibit

Lake Havasu State Park

Community Event - Lake Havasu Museum of History

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Feb. 14, 2020   4:30 pm

Wild West Outdoor Concert

Picacho Peak State Park

Enjoy some good old western music that tells the story of our cowboy heritage as it was presented on the silver screen.

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March 14 | September 19   7-9 p.m.

Star Party at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Experience the night sky via telescopes at Oracle State Park while enjoying inspirational trail music! Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be visible in the sky. Come check it out!

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Ongoing Programs

Daily   10:00 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park

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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Ongoing Daily

Self-guided tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Visit the park office/gift-shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home.

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Thursdays-Mondays, Dec. 1- Jan. 6   Every Hour 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Tours at Riordan

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Riordan Mansion with tours on the hour all day long.

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