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60 Scheduled Events

Monday, May 20, 2019   8-10 a.m.

Hiking with Dogs

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join this dog friendly hike starting from the Cholla Day Use Area and follow a social trail down to the Crosscut Trail towards First Water Road and back. Make the most of this opportunity to get your dog used to hiking and socializing with other dogs while you get some exercise!

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Wednesdays   6:30 am

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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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.

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Fridays through May   7:00 a.m.

Bird Walk

Patagonia Lake State Park

Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the southern Arizona foothills.

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4th Saturday of the Month   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Come out to Homolovi's Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars. Dress warmly and bring your sense of wonder.

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May 25, 2019   10 a.m.

Hike Series of the Ocotillo Trail

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Get a taste of the Whetstone Mountains backcountry on the Ocotillo Trail! Join an experienced park ranger for a 3.2 mile hike over moderate terrain.

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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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Saturdays, May 25 and June 22, 2019   8 a.m.

Geology Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Phil St George as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history.

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Every Saturday this summer   9 a.m.

Guided Hike on the Petroglyph Trail

Lyman Lake State Park

Come out to cool Lyman Lake State Park for a ranger-led hike on the Petroglyph Trail. After the hike, stick around for a chat with the ranger!

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4th Sunday of the month, January to May   1:00pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

Red Rock State Park

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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Sunday, May 26, 2019   8 a.m.

General Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a relaxed walk and observe seasonal changes! Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, and point out colorful plants and birds during this guided nature walk.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019   8 a.m.

Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Dave Morris spent decades studying how native people in Arizona used plant materials and survived in the Sonoran Desert. He's an ethnobotanist, member of the Choctaw nation, a raconteur, and popular guide for this once-a-month walking tour showcasing edible, medicinal and useful plants of the surrounding Sonoran Desert at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019   7:30 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes: Alamo Canyon Loop

Catalina State Park

Join volunteer guide Gaston for a hiking adventure along Alamo Canyon Loop!

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Fridays, May 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23   9:00 a.m.

Nature Hike

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Enjoy a short, rugged hike from Fool Hollow Lake to Show Low Creek and learn about "The Wild Side of Fool Hollow!" Wild views of Show Low Creek and its canyon are a highlight of this hike.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019   6 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: All Jazzed Up

Catalina State Park

Come on out to Catalina State Park for an evening of jazz and swing ballads!  With music nestled in the 30s and 40s, “All Jazzed Up” offers “torch songs” also known as jazz and swing ballads from tin pan alley.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019   7:30 p.m.

Star Party

Lyman Lake State Park

Come to Lyman Lake State Park for a night sky viewing you won't soon forget! Lyman Lake offers stunning views of the stars, moon, planets, galaxies, and other astronomical wonders.

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Saturday, June 1   7:30 p.m.

STAR Party!!

Red Rock State Park

Under the dark skies of Red Rock State Park, the Summer Milky Way will be starting to make its way across the night sky. Join us for great times under the stars of Sedona!

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Every Saturday   11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturdays at the Museum

Colorado River State Historic Park

Join us for our new Saturdays at the Museum series, held the first Saturday of the month through September. Participants will enjoy hands-on learning while creating historic crafts.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019   8 a.m.

History Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Can you image cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and time of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum.

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June 2, 2019   2:00 p.m.

Specters of the Past: Arizona Ghost Towns

Red Rock State Park

This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s journeys to these fascinating ghost places, along with their stories – long-forgotten places like Charleston, Contention City, Mowry, Fairbank, Gleeson and Congress.

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June 7, 8, & 9, 2019

Deuces Wild Endurance Festival

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

The Deuces Wild Endurance Festival is held in the cool White Mountains of northeastern Arizona.  Held over two days in June, there are 15 separate races to choose from including triathlons, aquabike, runs and relays! Deuces Wild is also home to the Triathlon Club & Team World Championships with people from around the world coming to compete for the coveted titles!

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Fridays, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, and August 2, 16, & 30   9:00 a.m.

Nature Walk

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Join a U.S. Forest Service ranger for a walk at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area! Learn about the park and spot birds and wildlife along the way.

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June 8, August 10, September 7, October 5, November 9, 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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June 8, 2019   9 p.m.

Dr. Sky: An Amazing Night Under the Skies

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for An Amazing Night Under the Skies. What planets will we see in the dark desert sky?

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Saturday, June 8, 2019   8-10 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman

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!

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Saturdays, June 8 and 29, 2019   8 a.m.

Lizard Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona lizards do comical pushups to display their blue bellies - attend a tour guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Phil Rakoci who will be accompanied by AZ Game and Fish Department's Audrey Owens.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019   8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parker Tube Float

Buckskin Mountain State Park

On June 8th, Parker, Arizona becomes Float Town, U.S.A.! Join us for the 42nd Annual Parker Tube Float. Float down the gorgeous Parker Strip on the Colorado River from Buckskin Mountain State Park to La Paz County Park.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019   8 p.m.

Star Party!

Oracle State Park

Join us for a night of stargazing with telescopes provided by the Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019   7-8 p.m.

Desert Scorpion Hunting at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Enjoy the desert under the glow of black light in search scorpions! Listen to a brief informative talk about scorpions before journeying into the desert night on your hunt.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019   2:30 - 4 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Event: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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, 2019   10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Digital Photographers Meet

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building lecture room.

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June 16 | July 16   June 16 at 6:00 p.m. | July at 6:15 p.m.

Full Moon Hike

Red Rock State Park

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

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June 16, 2019   June 7:45-9:45 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. After the hike, come and gather ‘round the campfire to roast marshmallows (marshmallows and sticks provided).

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Sunday, June 16, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019   6:30 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Eric Schaffer and the Other Troublemakers

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on Saturday, July 6th for an acoustic/electric folk-rock concert with country and Americana for good measure!

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Sunday, July 7, 2019   2 p.m.

Sedona Bamboo Flute Performance with Jesse Kalu

Red Rock State Park

This heartfelt presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story, and nature voices. Jesse’s presentations touch his audiences in unique ways. Each of his flutes has its own name and song.

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Jul 12-14, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Fair

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire is the largest fund raising event held by the Medieval Mayhem Historical Arts Foundation, a White Mountain scholarship fund. Visitors experience walking back in history to the time of knights, vikings, pirates, kings and queens!

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Saturdays, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, 2019   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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July 15, 2019   1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Live Webcast Event: Celebrate NASA's 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's Historic Moon Landing

Homolovi State Park

Join us for a live webcast event to celebrate NASA's 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's historic moon landing!

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August 24 to October 6, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Community Event - Camp Verde Community Library

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Saturdays   4:00 p.m.

Children's Program

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come explore the nature of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, with different themes each week!

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September 14-15, 2019

Family Campout

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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September 21, 2019   4pm - 7pm

Taste at the Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Sample some of rim country's best wine, beer, food, art and music that rim country has to offer! This gala event will raise funds to benefit construction and maintenance projects at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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September 21-22, 2019

Family Campout

Slide Rock State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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September 29, 2019   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colonel's Daughter/Little Britches & Petticoat Contes

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for a set of spurs and the title of "Colonel's Daughter," inspired by the 1882 novel by Capt. Charles E. King.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fall Fest 2019

Slide Rock State Park

Fall is on its way, and it’s time to celebrate the changing seasons at Slide Rock State Park! Join us for the 12th annual Fall Festival. Juicy apples, colored leaves, and cooler temperatures will have the whole family enjoying the transition to autumn!

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October 5-6, 2019

Family Campout

Cattail Cove State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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October 12-13, 2019

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.

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October 12-13, 2019

Family Campout

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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October 19 to December 1, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019   2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Star Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Kartchner Caverns, an International Dark Sky Park, for a star party!

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October 26-27, 2019

Family Campout

Roper Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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November 2, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vintage Baseball Opener

Fort Verde State Historic Park

November 2-3, 2019

Family Campout

Oracle State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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November 16   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2019

Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake offers some of the best conditions for stargazing. Be prepared to stay up late and use your imagination as we view the night sky through professional telescopes.

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November 16, 2019   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag disposal ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019

Family Campout

Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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December 6, 20189 - January 4, 2020   5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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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December 6,7 & 13,14, 2019   5:30 p.m. - 7:30 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 8 is a fee free day sponsored by Camp Verde Parks & Recreation!

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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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Saturdays and Sundays   11:00 a.m.

Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Drop in for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about 45-minutes and include a ton of interesting information about this historic family and their time in Oracle.

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Daily   9am. - 4pm.

Ongoing Event: Children’s Garden

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The children’s garden by the schoolhouse allows children of all ages to play hopscotch, marbles, and jump-rope the old-fashioned way.

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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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