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Wednesday, October 18, 2017   8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Getting To Know the Birds Around You

Lost Dutchman State Park

Meet in the Saguaro Day Use area to discuss how to distinguish between birds, then seek out resident birds from hawks to hummingbirds and any late migrants on their way south.

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Third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October

Tombstone Helldorado Days

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come join the celebration in Tombstone during Helldorado Days! Featuring gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and the annual parade.

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October 20, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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October 20 to October 22

The Wild Bunch Film Festival

Roper Lake State Park

Join in on a fun weekend and experience a film festival competition in Arizona with solely western genre and sub genres. It'll be filled with great indie films, music and fun that will be legendary.

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October 21, 2017   9am - 3:30pm

Fall Fest 2017

Slide Rock State Park

Visit Slide Rock State Park during our signature event. Enjoy food, games, a hay ride for the whole family, and learn more about our picturesque Oak Creek.

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October 21, 2017   8:00am - 12:00pm

Anza Days 2017

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio's hallmark event, historic reenactors enter the park on horseback from the Anza Trail to recreate the 1775 expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza to the Pacific.

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October 21, 2017   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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October 21, 2017   10am

Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

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, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup, which expands this year to include programs and platforms beyond LightRoom.

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4th Sunday of the month (Oct-Nov, Jan-May)   1 p.m.

Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

Red Rock State Park

Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife.

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October 21, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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Friday 10/20

4th Annual Petrified Forest Marathon and Half Marathon

Homolovi State Park

Come run through the Petrified Forest National Park. The marathon takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course during the cool fall air. Also offered a half marathon.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017   10 a.m.

Beginner Guide Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Saturday, October 21, 2017   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Star Party

Lost Dutchman State Park

Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide opportunities to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes!

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October 21, 2017   12:00pm

Mineralogy Program

Oracle State Park

Join local mineralogist, Wolfgang Mueller, for his presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Topics include gems, minerals, and the copper industry of Arizona.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017   5:30 p.m.

Star Party

Cattail Cove State Park

Join us for an evening of viewing the night sky, with help from the Lake Havasu Astronomy Club. This event is free with regular park admission, and adults arriving at the park after 5 p.m. will only be charged $3. Children under 14 are free when accompanied by an adult. Activities will start around 5:30 p.m. with premium star gazing estimated to be in the 7 p.m. hour. The event is weather permitting.

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October 21, 2017   8:00am

Arizona Trail Loop Guided Hike

Oracle State Park

Hike the Wildlife Corridor Trail to the Arizona Trail, and back on the Manzanita Trail with your guide Gaston Meloche.

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October 22, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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October 22, 2017

Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 22, 2017   7:00am

Hike to Romero Pools

Catalina State Park

From CSP's main trailhead, hike towards Romero Pools (upper) until we have hiked for 70 minutes and return. This hike is NOT a race to reach our destination.

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October 24, 2017   11am - 1pm

Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids. October 24 brings the Tuesday debut for a new workshop on ‘Backyard Butterflies’.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017   8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Get the Tails on the Trails (Hike 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. Hike will be approx. 4 miles round trip and last 2-3 hours, allowing for lots of play time for the dogs.

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October 28, 2017

Olympic & Sprint Distance Triathlon 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park

A perfect opportunity for endurance racers to challenge themselves immersed in the unique vistas around Patagonia Lake. Swim, bike, and run to the registration page to sign up!

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Friday-Monday   7:00 pm., 8:00 pm., 9:00 pm.

Flagstaff Special Evening Halloween Tours - Oct. 27-30th

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Oct. 27-30th - Riordan Mansion State Park offers a special nighttime program during the week of Halloween every year. This very popular guided tour is a storytelling session involving tales of the fantastic and the factual.

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October 28, 2017   9:30am

Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This leisurely guided outing proceeds along paths that are wheelchair-accessible, exploring our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.

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October 28, 2017   1:30am

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

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 into just over one educational hour!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017   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.

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Saturday, October 28   5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Halloween Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us for a spook-tacular time at Kartchner Caverns State Park this Halloween! We'll have games, kids' crafts, candy and a costume contest with prizes. Park entry is free with a canned food donation for the Benson Food Bank.

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October 28, 2017

Main Street Spooktacular Festival in Show Low

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come enjoy this festive Halloween event featuring trunk or treating, hay rides, pony rides, haunted house, pumpkin bowling, costume contest, car bash, food vendors, entertainment, scaryoke, and live radio remotes.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017   10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Brown Bag Series: Skins and Skulls

Lost Dutchman State Park

Check out skins and bones found at the park, and find out who left them there! At the Palo Verde Ramada.

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October 29, 2017   7:00am

Hole-in-Boulder Hike

Catalina State Park

Meet near the two buildings (rest room & store )at the main trailhead parking.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017   9 a.m.

Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join a Park Ranger in a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites. This will require participants to have their on vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately three hours.

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October 29, 2017   12:30-4:00pm

Poetry, Live Music, and Book Signing

Oracle State Park

From the living room of the Kannally Ranch House, Heidi Blankenship inspires thought while evoking adventure. Her new book "Memorizing Shadows; Inspiration from the Arizona Trail" will be available at the event.

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October 29, 2017   2:00-4:00pm

Music in the Park

Oracle State Park

Eric Schaffer and the Troublemakers perform a unique blend of Alternative Folk/Americana with great harmonies.

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November 3, 4, 12, 17, 18, and 26   8:30am

Guided Bird Walks in November

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Red-naped Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush and other Fall-Winter migrant birds have returned to the gardens by November; join a guided bird walk this month to sharpen your birding skills.

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Friday 11/3 to Saturday 11/4

Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine Tasting Festival

Roper Lake State Park

The Gala Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine tasting will be held on Historic Chase Creek in Downtown Clifton Arizona. Wines from some of Arizonas finest vineyards. Art Show will showcase a variety of submittals from Arizona, California and Colorado.

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Friday 11/3 to Saturday 11/4

Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine Tasting Festival

Dankworth Pond State Park

The Gala Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine tasting will be held on Historic Chase Creek in Downtown Clifton Arizona. Wines from some of Arizonas finest vineyards. Art Show will showcase a variety of submittals from Arizona, California and Colorado.

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November 4-5

Family Campout

Picacho Peak 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, November 4, 2017   10 a.m.

Picacho Peak via 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. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,300 feet.

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Every Saturday in November   4 p.m.

Evening Program

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park ranger in the campground amphitheater for a 30-minute program. Topics vary, please call the park directly at (520) 466-3183 for current schedule.

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November 4, 2017   11am

'Container Gardening' with Pinal Master Gardeners

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Green-thumbed volunteers with Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program present ‘Container Gardening’ Nov. 4 when their Saturday series of 11am outdoor workshops resumes at the Arboretum.

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November 4, 2017   10:00am

'Arboretum Pictures from the Past' Slideshow and History Talk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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November 4, 2017   3:00-5:30pm

Bird Talk and Guided Walk

Oracle State Park

After her one-hour presentation in the Kannally Ranch House living room, Kathy Anderson takes participants outside to fully experience her new program “Woodpeckers and Wrens”.

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November 4, 2017   4 p.m.

First Saturday Concerts - Oracle Ridge Band

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is pleased to welcome back the Oracle Ridge Band on November 4, 2017 for our First Saturday Concert series! 

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November 4, 2017   5pm – 8pm

The Jerome First Saturday Art Walk

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come enjoy the fall evening for the Jerome First Saturday Art Walk. With 22 participating galleries and studios and The Spirit Room once again welcomes The Lingo Trio on Art Walk night beginning at 9 p.m.

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November 4, 2017   9am - 4pm

1st Annual Kartchner Caverns State Park Car & Bike Show

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Calling all classic car enthusiasts! Head to Kartchner Caverns State Park's 1st Annual Classic Car and Bike Show and get a look at some sick rides! Or break out the car wax and chrome polish and enter your ride into our competition. Voting and winners will be done the same day.

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November 4, 2017   8am - 2pm

Fall Family Fun Day at Roper Lake State Park

Roper Lake State Park

Rediscover Roper Lake in the fall at Fall Family Fun Day! We'll have a full day of activities planned.

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November 5, 2017   7:30am

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Kathy Anderson offers an early morning guided bird walk followed by a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House, courtesy of the Friends of Oracle State Park.

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November 5, 2017   2pm

"The Sacred Meaning of Corn to the Hopi People" with Roanna Jackson

Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park is proud to host Roanna Jackson, member of the Hopi Sand Clan. Roanna will share her insight and knowledge into the sacred meaning of corn and how it pertains to the Hopi people.

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November 11, 2017   1:30pm

Agave, Mesquite and Prickly Pear: Edible Desert Plants with David Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join ethnobotanist David Morris and hear the edible and useful qualities of plants along the Curandero Trail duirng a leisurely one-hour guided walk.

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November 11, 2017   3:00pm

Cowboy Poetry

Oracle State Park

John Medley shares an afternoon session of “Western Stories That Rhyme” to visitors of the Kannally Ranch House.

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November 12-13, 2017

Beginning Oil and Acrylic Painting Two-Day Workshop with Carla Keaton

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Professional artist Carla Keaton expands upon her popular series of ‘art & wine’ basic painting classes with a new 2-day course for beginning painters to master basic techniques, properly use tools and media, and apply color strategically – and with flair!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017   2pm.-3:30pm.

Second Sunday Special Tour: Beyond the Split Rail

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A 90-minute guided tour focused on life outside the mansion, join us to learn about early twentieth century Flagstaff.

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Monday, November 13, 2017   12:15pm.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Death of Little Johnny Elden Murder & Mystery – Myth & History

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The best-known and perhaps most-visited gravesite in northern Arizona belongs to little Johnny Elden, Jr. His murder in 1887 remains one of the most infamous in Arizona Territorial history. His murder in 1887 remains one of the most infamous in Arizona Territorial history.

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November 17, 2017   11am - 1pm

Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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November 17, 2017   11:00am

Home School Days at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Homeschool families will gather on special days where both kids and adults learn, having access to the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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November 18   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2017

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 18, 2017

Veterans Day Memorial Service

Fort Verde State Historic Park

We pay tribute our veterans from the past, present, and throughout history with our annual celebration. Give Old Glory a proper sendoff by bringing in your old and tattered flags for retirement.

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November 18, 2017   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Native peoples have been marveling at the stars at Homolovi for centuries. Share the same views experienced by native Hopis hundreds of years ago at our Star Parties.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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November 18, 2017   2:00-4:00pm

Music in the Park

Oracle State Park

The Friends of Oracle State Park present folk/western Tucson local band, The Blue Prairie Dogs.

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November 19, 2017   1:30pm

Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

If you love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees – don’t miss this relaxed, slow-paced tour featuring Arboretum staff; a chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

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November 19, 2017   11:00am-2:00pm

Geology of the Catalina Mountain Region

Oracle State Park

In the living room of the ranch house, Bob Scarborough talks about the geology of Oracle State Park, San Pedro River Valley, Galiuro range and other local mountains.

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November 25 - 26, 2017   11am - 3pm

Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is THE place for Arizona's Fall Foliage Finale; leaves in the famous grove of pistachio trees usually change one glorious month after the colorful aspen and maple leaves have already fallen and denuded trees of Arizona's higher elevation deciduous forests – perfectly timed to be at peak color during the latter two weeks of November, and Thanksgiving weekend.

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November 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Rich Leveille

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.

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November 25, 2017   8:00am

Guided Hike With Gaston

Oracle State Park

Volunteer guide, Gaston Meloche leads participants on a hike throughout the Windmill Loop Trail. Please be prepared for an 8 mile hike through some of southern Arizona’s most beautiful country.

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December 1-2, 2017

35th Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu State Park

Bring your family to Lake Havasu State Park to watch the holiday boat parade of lights. Watch brightly-lit floats from over 50 participants float around the lake.

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December 3, 2017

Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop at Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Make a holiday wreath out of natural, locally-sourced plant materials gathered around the park. Visitors usually can't take natural materials from the park, so make the most of this rare opportunity.

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December 1 - 3, 2017   8am - 5pm

Arizona Roundup Vintage and Teardrop Trailer Gathering

Buckskin Mountain State Park

If you have a vintage trailer (1979 or older) then Arizona Roundup invites you to gather with other enthusiasts for Buckskin Mountain State Park's roundup gathering!

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Thursdays-Mondays   11:00 am.

Holiday Tours at Riordan Mansion - Nov. 24th - Jan. 7th.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Nov. 24th - Jan. 7th. - The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments.

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December 2, 2017   10am - 2pm

Holidays in the Parks: Victorian Ornament Workshop

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Come to Fort Verde's Victorian ornament workshop where we'll look at classic period decorations and use similar materials to recreate the texture, style, and appearance of that bygone era.

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December 2, 2017 - January 5, 2018   Ongoing

Holidays in the Parks: A Victorian Christmas

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations. A perfect backdrop for your family holiday card!

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December 2-3

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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Saturday, December 2, 2017   10 a.m.

Hike the Peak on Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,600 feet.

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December 2, 2017   3 p.m.

First Saturday Concert Series

Catalina State Park

Join Michael P. and Jen Rinio for a First Saturday Concert at Catalina State Park. This duo will be featuring voice, guitar, and harmonies while covering timeless tunes from Billie Holiday to "B-side" Beatles, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and more!

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December 7, 2017   11am - 1pm

Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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December 7, 2017   11am - 1pm

Home School Days: Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Homeschool families are invited to gather on special days where they can  partake of the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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December 8-9, 2017   5pm - 830pm

Holidays in the Parks: Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Take a candlelight tour of the Officers's quarters at Fort Verde State Historic Park, decked in Victorian-style decorations.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017   9:00 am.

Riordan Mansion Annual Christmas Party and Crafts

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Santa will be on hand to visit with children and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017   2:00 pm.

Second Sunday Tour: Holiday Photographers Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A 90 minute guided tour of Riordan Mansion with a focus on Holiday Traditions and the opportunity to take photographs.

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Monday, December 10, 2017   12:15 pm.

Brown Bag Lecture

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Brown Bag Lecture details TBA

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Saturday, December 16, 2017   6:30pm - 8:30pm

Lighting of the Luminaries at Tombstone Courthouse

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

The staff at the courthouse will begin lighting the luminaries at dusk.   All luminaries and the Courthouse tree will be fully lit upon conclusion of the Tombstone Christmas Parade.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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December 17, 2017   1:00pm

Bighorn Basics

Oracle State Park

Join Oracle and Catalina State Parks Volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents information about Arizona’s Bighorn Sheep including the “tools” they use to survive amidst such a harsh environment.

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Second Sundays through May 2018   1:00pm

Geology Hike

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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Every Tuesday in January and February 2018   9:30 a.m.

Coffee with a Ranger

Picacho Peak State Park

Meet our staff and volunteers and get your questions answered. (Bring your own coffee mug.)

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Monday, January 1, 2018   10 a.m.

First Day Hike - Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. This trail is moderately difficult. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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Every Saturday in January and February 2018   4:30 p.m.

Campfire Chat

Picacho Peak State Park

Don’t feel like building your own campfire? Meet new friends and make memories at ours! Bring your own chair and beverage to the campfire circle adjacent to the campground amphitheater. Don’t forget your roasting sticks and marshmallows!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018   10 a.m.

Picacho Peak via 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. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,300 feet. Total distance is 6.2 miles round-trip and takes about 5 hours to complete.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018   10 a.m.

Hike the Peak on Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,600 feet. Total distance is 4 miles round-trip and takes 4-5 hours to complete.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018   4 p.m.

Live Music – The Marty Davis Show

Picacho Peak State Park

Enjoy some good old Western Music that tells the story of our cowboy heritage as it was presented in the movies on the Silver Screen. Reminisce about the days when the West was still “wild” and the good guys always won.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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Every Saturday in March   4:30 p.m.

Campfire Chat

Picacho Peak State Park

Don’t feel like building your own campfire? Meet new friends and make memories at ours! Bring your own chair and beverage to the campfire circle adjacent to the campground amphitheater. Don’t forget your roasting sticks and marshmallows!

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Saturday, March 3, 2018   10 a.m.

Picacho Peak via 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. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,300 feet. Total distance is 6.2 miles round-trip and takes about 5 hours to complete.

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Every Tuesday in March   9:30 a.m.

Coffee with a Ranger

Picacho Peak State Park

Meet our staff and volunteers and get your questions answered. (Bring your own coffee mug.)

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Saturday, March 10, 2018   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2018 Archaeology Expo

Arizona State Parks

The 2018 Archaeology Expo will be held at the Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH) on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Archaeology Expo will kick off a month-long celebration of archaeology and heritage. Join us at this event.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018   8 a.m.

Hike the Peak on Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Get an early start to beat the heat and join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,600 feet. Total distance is 4 miles round-trip and takes 4-5 hours to complete.

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August 4, 2018

Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park's signature event with native dancers, pottery firing demonstrations, artists's marketplace, and a traditional native corn roast.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018   9am. - 4pm.

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

Join us for the annual re-enactment celebration, same place, different time. This event has been moved from March 2018 to November 2018. We'll have cooler weather & a bigger event to celebrate the start of the re-enactment season.

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November 17, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

McFarland 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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October 19, 2018

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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Ongoing Programs

Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: Unique 1800's Ambulance

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This exhibit at the Tubac Presidio is a rare original 1800’s period carriage called an ambulance.  It has been restored and modified to replicate the ambulance that Phocion R. Way, an engraver from Cincinnati, Ohio, rode on from Mesilla on the Rio Grande River to Tucson in June of 1858.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017   1:00 pm.

Volunteer Training Class

Red Rock State Park

Volunteer positions offer a wide range of options: entry station attendant, school program instructor, visitor center attendant, landscaping and gardening, hike leader, maintenance, trail maintenance, multi-media and special projects.

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Ongoing

Wildlife Slideshow

Oracle State Park

See what's showing up at waterhole cameras in the park.

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Ongoing

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park

Tour only offered in the fall season. Tour the oldest of the Homolovi group of pueblos with our limited access tour of Homolovi IV. Learn about history of this ancestral Hopi site and its significance to their people.

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Ongoing   Seasonal

Daily Naturalist Hike

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   11am

Guided Tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Guided Tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House begin at 11am every Saturday and Sunday, for the drop-in public. 45-minute duration.

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Ongoing

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. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built 1929-1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Ongoing   Seasonal

Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Take an invigorating and enjoyable tour of the park learning about all of the feathered friends that call the park home.

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Monday 5/29 to Saturday 12/30

Experience Our New 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. Come be as sunny as the sunflowers and delight in some summer fun.

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Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona’s colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990.

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Ongoing

Exhibit of Paintings by Lee Kannally

Oracle State Park

An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist, Lee Kannally, is on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Nearly 30 oils are included in the exhibit, thanks to the Oracle Historical Society and Friends of Oracle State Park.

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