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76 Scheduled Events

3rd Sunday of the month, January 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 Native American Sinagua culture, pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in Red Rock State Park.

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Sundays   7:00 a.m.

Sunday Guided Bird Walks

Catalina State Park

Experienced bird guide Mike leads this bird walk.  He 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, April 21, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Geology Walk

Catalina State Park

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

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Sundays   9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Geocaching

Catalina State Park

Did you ever wonder about geocaching?  It's a high-tech treasure hunt! Join park volunteer Tony for this introduction to geocaching.  It includes a hands on demonstration.

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Mondays and Fridays through May   8:00 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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Monday, April 22, 2019   8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Earth Day Celebration

Lyman Lake State Park

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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Monday, April 22, 2019   8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Earth Day at Slide Rock

Slide Rock State Park

Enjoy Earth Day at the historic apple farm in Oak Creek Canyon with a gift of flowering seeds!

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Wednesdays   7:30 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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Thursday, April 25, 2019   7-10 a.m.

Bird Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join other birders for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert. Learn how to identify the birds, the proper use of binoculars, where to find birds and then take a guided walk through the desert to practice new skills.

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April 26-27, May 3-4, May 10-11, 2019

Plays: God of Vengeance and Indecent

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

FlagShakes will be performing two different plays in the billiards room at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park.

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Fridays   7:30 a.m.

Friday Guided Bird Walk

Catalina State Park

Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park.

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Friday, April 26, 2019   8:15 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks

Oracle State Park

Join volunteer guide Mary Ellen for the final two bird walks of the spring season at Oracle State Park to learn about higher elevation bird species!

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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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April 27, 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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April 27-28

Family Campout

Red 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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April 27, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

Red Rock State Park

Join us on April 27 to celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor day in Sedona's Red Rock Country! This family-friendly event will feature games, hikes, special presentations, crafts for kids, and environmental education exhibits and activities.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   10:00 a.m. to Sunset

37th Annual Solar Potluck

Catalina State Park

Join Citizens for Solar at our Annual Solar Potluck and experience the flavors of solar-cooked food and learn about solar by viewing solar appliances and exhibitions (ovens, fountains, coolers, lights, electrical systems) and solar arts. The event is co-sponsored by Catalina State Park, Arizona State Parks. The Solar Potluck is an educational, family-friendly event.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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, April 28, 2019   10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Brunch at the Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Join us for the second annual Brunch at the Bridge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Meet our new park manager Sarah Kirk and enjoy a morning at the park, along with a spring brunch.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019   8 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes: Cabin and Sutherland Trail

Catalina State Park

Join volunteer Gaston for a guided tour of the park's Cabin and Sutherland Trail Loop, a six mile hike.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019   2 p.m.

Geology Walk

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Join volunteer Barry on a geology walk through Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to learn about the park's history, geology of the area, and formation of the world's largest natural travertine bridge! 

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Thursday, May 2, 2019   9 a.m.

Yoga-juvenation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Enjoy an all-level yoga session with Deborah Joya in the serenity and beauty of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019   10:30 a.m.

Guided Meditation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Arboretum’s atmosphere of beauty, peace, nature, and wildlife is the perfect place for the healing practice of meditation.

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May 4, 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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May 4 and June 8, 2019   May 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. | June 8-9 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, May 4, 2019   5:30 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Nancy Elliott

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on for its popular Music in the Mountains concert series featuring a Southwestern Americana performance by Nancy Elliott!

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Saturday, May 4, 2019   10 a.m.

History of the Arboretum - Presentation

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee guides monthly walking tours while narrating nuggets of Arboretum history while placing her anecdotes in perspective next to 1920s structures, and the very first trees planted here.

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Every Saturday starting May 4, 2019   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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Sundays, May 5 and 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, May 5, 2019   2 p.m.

The world of the Permian Period

Red Rock State Park

Join us for a lecture about the Permian Period (300-250 million years ago) by Dr. Ken Bork. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed.

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Sundays, May 5, 12,19, 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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May 11-12, 2019

Family Campout

River Island 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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Saturday, May 11, 2019   8 a.m.

Lizard Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a fun-filled nature walk focusing on lizards and other reptiles lead by Audubon naturalist Steven Prager.

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2nd Sunday of the month, January to May   1:00 p.m.

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike will be held at 1:00 PM. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: The Women of Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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

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Sunday, May 12, 2019   9-11 a.m.

Photography - Walking Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This is a fun, interactive beginner/intermediate recurring monthly class. Class coaches teach a specific lesson and then we all go out into the arboretum to practice the lesson.

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Monday, May 13, 2019   12:15-1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Sports & Recreation in Milton 1890-1940

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

What did people in Flagstaff do for fun? From bicycling to hunting, this talk will explore sports and recreation in Flagstaff and Milton at the turn of the century.

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May 16-17 and June 16, 2019   May 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 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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Saturday, May 18, 2019   9:00am - 9:00pm

Mariachi Festival and Wine Tasting

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come and celebrate mariachi music, heritage, food, and culture at Patagonia Lake's signature event. Enjoy wines and spirits from local wineries and breweries, or take a dip in the swimming area and lay out on our white sand beach between performances.

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May 18-19, 2019

Family Campout

Dead Horse Ranch 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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May 18 | June 16   May 18 and June 16 at 6:00 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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Saturday, May 18, 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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Saturday, May 18, 2019   7-8:30 p.m.

Evening Lecture: Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road Screening and Discussion Program

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Filmmaker Katrina Parks will show segments from her documentary film series “Route 66 Women” that look in depth at Arizona’s Route 66 legacy through the eyes and experiences of women who overcame segregation and gender discrimination to build fulfilling lives for themselves on America's most beloved road.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Bird Walk Sunday

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Join us for a fun Sunday walk in the park! This guided walk with a naturalist will help you to identify birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. 

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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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Saturday, May 25, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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August 24 to October 6, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Community Event - Camp Verde Community Library

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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, 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

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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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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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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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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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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Tuesdays to Saturdays   11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Back in Time Pie and Tea Shoppe

Colorado River State Historic Park

The park’s Back in Time Pie and Tea Shoppe has reopened for the season! Stop on by from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the best pie and tea in town!

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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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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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