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130 Scheduled Events

December 20, 2017   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Geology Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

ollow the Siphon Draw Trail to Jacobs Crosscut Trail will lead to the most westerly portion of the Superstition Mountain range and at the rock formation created millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption.

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December 20, 2017   8:00am

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

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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December 20, 2017   8:00a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park.  He will help participants spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Catalina Mountains.

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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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December 21, 2017   8:45 a.m.

Bird Walk Event at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join our volunteer birder, Vera for a morning of discovering the birds of the desert.

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December 22, 2017   8:00a.m.

Friday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park.  He will help participants spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Catalina Mountains.

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December 22, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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December 23, 2017   7:00am to 5:00pm

Christmas Bird Count at Boyce Thompson

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Birders enthused to join this venerable holiday tradition may participate with our local Superior ‘CBC’ on Saturday., Dec. 23. Coordinator Cynthia Donald arranges teams to census sparrows and tally towhees from all over the Queen Valley and Superior areas.

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December 23, 2017   10:00am to 1:00pm

Saturday Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Learn about and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert.

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December 23, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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December 23, 2017   7:00am to 5:00pm

Christmas Bird Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Coordinator Cynthia Donald arranges teams to census sparrows and tally towhees from Queen Valley and Whitlow Dam to Hewitt Station Road, desert foothills below Picketpost Mountain, here at BTA and the town of Superior - and up Queen Creek Canyon to the Oak Flat campground.

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December 23, 2017   1:30pm

Walking Tour Guide 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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December 24, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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December 27, 2017   9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploring Siphon Draw Trail Event

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us at Siphon Draw Trailhead for a 4.2 round trip hike to the basin (slick rock waterfall area).

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December 27, 2017   8:00a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

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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December 27, 2017   8:00am

Wednesday Guided Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Join experienced bird guide, Jim, on a bird walk through the park.  He will help participants spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Catalina Mountains.

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December 29, 2017   11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Series at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Become a Wildlife Detective and learn to read the evidence left by our desert animals.

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December 29, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017   9 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk

Red Rock State Park

Join a Volunteer Naturalist at Red Rock State Park for an invigorating and enjoyable tour of the many feathered friends that call the park home.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017   10 a.m.

Guided Nature Hike

Red Rock State Park

A volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park.

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December 30, 2017   10:00am to 1:00pm

Saturday Bird Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Learn about and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert.

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December 30, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017   10 a.m.

Guided Nature Hike

Red Rock State Park

A volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

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

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December 31, 2017   9:00a.m.

Sunday Geology Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Answer all of your area specific geological questions while learning about the specific geology of Catalina State Park. Karen, our experienced geologist leads an informative three hour walk through this beautiful park.

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December 31, 2017   11pm – Midnight

Show Low's Deuce of Clubs Drop

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come ring in the New Year with the giant electrified Deuce of Clubs (playing card). Free photo booth, cocoa and popcorn, party items, and fireworks following.

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December 31, 2017   9:00am

Sunday Geology Walk at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Experienced bird guides, Mike and Max, lead this bird walk. They will assist participants spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park.

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December 31, 2017   11:00am

Guided Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join tour guides Rich & Cindy on a relaxed walk as they narrate the history of the gardens, educate of the colorful plants, exquisite birds, and the literal myriad of wildlife that calls the Arboretum home.

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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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January 1, 2018   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Day Hikes: Self-Guided Tour

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Join us for First Day Hikes, a healthy way to start the New Year! This is a self-guided walk through the Fort Verde, decorated in holiday vintage fashion. Visitors can view the Glimpses of the Past videos on their phones.

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January 1, 2018   12:00pm to 2:00pm

New Year's Day Blessing & Concert with Arvel Bird

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Here's a resolution you’ll want to keep! Begin 2018 here with a spiritual smoke blessing and special concert that features inspiring Celtic fiddle and flute musician Arvel Bird. Arvel returns to the Arboretum by popular demand for this New Year’s Day ritual.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   10 a.m.

First Day Hikes: Guided Nature Hike

Red Rock State Park

Start the New Year off right with a guided nature hike at Red Rock State Park! A volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of the park and answers questions.

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January 1, 2018   9 a.m. (two) and 2 p.m.

First Day Hikes at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Three hikes, your choice! Monday, January 1, 2018 - Two hikes @ 9:00 a.m. and another @ 2:00 p.m.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   1 p.m.

First Day Hikes: History Tour and Nature Walk

Slide Rock State Park

Join us for a history tour and nature walk to start the New Year off right! The tour will include Pendley Homestead.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   10 a.m.

First Day Hikes: Calloway Overlook Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Ranger-led moderate hike along the Calloway Trail. The trail offers expansive views of the Sonoran Desert.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   10 a.m.

First Day Hikes: 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. 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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Monday, January 1, 2018   9 a.m.

First Day Hikes: Ranger-Led Nature Walk

Roper Lake State Park

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

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Monday, January 1, 2018   12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

New Year Concert at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Celtic fiddle and flute by recording artist Arvel Bird. If the weather’s mild, Arvel’s concert will fill the picnic area from 12-2.

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January 1, 2018   10:00am

First Day Hike at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

Enjoy this beautiful hike that encompasses 1.9 miles of scenic panoramic views of the Little Colorado River Valley from atop of Dine' Point and Tsu'vo Trail. First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and local volunteers and were created to generate a positive experience for the whole family!

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January 1, 2018   9:00am and 3:00pm

First Day Hikes at Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Ranger guided hike at 9:00am on the Guindani Trail. Ranger guided hike at 3:00pm on the Foothills Loop Trail.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

First Day Hikes: Ranger-Led Hike

Alamo Lake State Park

Ranger Led Hike. 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. The hike will be approximately one mile long. Rangers will help participants explore this desert by discussing topography, plants and animal life.

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Monday, January 1, 2018   11 a.m.

First Day Hikes: Birding/Nature Walk

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Please join us on a Birding and Nature walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Bald Eagles are often present at Fool Hollow Lake in January.

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January 1, 2018   9:00am

First Day Hikes and Boat Tour at Patagonia Lake

Patagonia Lake State Park

The Overlook hike is approximately 1.5 miles (roundtrip) to the top of the hill for a beautiful view of the lake & surrounding area. The hike is of moderate difficulty with an elevation gain of 335'. Please call the visitor center or stop in to preregister.

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January 1, 2018   9:30am

First Day Hike at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Expert guide Mark Ochs arranged this popular walk to start one hour later than other BTA guided bird walks, to allow midnight revelers a little more time to sleep-in before hitting the trail in search of sparrows, cardinals, towhees and hummingbirds.

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January 1, 2018   12:00pm to 2:00pm

New Year's Day Blessing & Concert with Arvel Bird

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Begin 2018 at BTA with a spiritual smoke blessing and special concert featuring inspiring Celtic fiddle and flute musician Arvel Bird!

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January 1, 2018   2:00pm to 3:00pm

Edible & Medicial Plants with Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd guides a special First Day Hike on New Year’s Day, a one-hour walk where you'll see prickly pear cacti, the towering stalks of our native Agave chrysantha, and mesquite trees -- with a chance to taste a few 'desert edible' samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar.

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January 3, 2018   10:00am to 1:00pm

Solar Viewing with the City of Winslow Library

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park staff and the Winslow Homolovi Observatory Partners are excited to share the local solar telescopes from Winslow Public Library with you!

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January 4, 9, 11, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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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 6, 2018   2 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Catalina State Park

Annon and the Late Show invites you to Catalina State Park’s Music in the Mountains Concert Series! They will be sharing smooth rhythm and blues with a soulful Latin flair.

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January 6, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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January 6, 2018   2:00pm to 3:30pm

Musical Trio with Indigenous and Modern Instruments

Lost Dutchman State Park

Bernie Haley along with Robert Johnson and Jenn Steege will be presenting a musical interweaving through indigenous and modern instruments.

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January 6, 2018   1:00pm to 4:00pm

Kimberly Harris Gallery 'Meet-the-Artist' Reception

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Painter-sculptor Kimberly Harris just opened a six-week solo exhibit, sharing inspired takes on nature in two and three-dimensional mediums.

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January 7, 2018   2:00pm

Where Biography Meets Historical Fiction: Sedona Schnebly with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger

Red Rock State Park

Throughout her 35 years in newspaper, magazine and broadcasting, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger discovered that “journalism is history on the fly,” and that the past informs the present. 

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January 7, 2018   10:00am

Sunday Slideshow & History Talk at Boyce Thompson

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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January 7, 2018   10:00am

Arboretum Pictures From the Past-Sunday Slideshow & 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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January 5, 2018   8:30am

Friday Bird Walk with Lisa and Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

January 10, 2018   7:00pm

Hopi Migrations and More at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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January 10, 15, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This special tour, administered by your guides Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin, explores the Spanish colonial archaeological site south of the Park.

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01/11/18 – 01/14/18

25th Annual Wings Over Wilcox Birding & Nature Festival

Roper Lake State Park

Come join the 25th Annual Wings Over Wilcox Birding and Nature Festival – a celebration of birds, nature, and culture in Wilcox, Arizona.

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January 11, 2018   1:00pm

Geology of Slide Rock Walking Tour

Slide Rock State Park

Join us in the red rocks of Sedona and learn the geology and history of this absolutely amazing area!

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01/13/18 – 01/14/18   9am – 4pm

9th Annual Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion

Lost Dutchman State Park

Come celebrate the annual two-day Superstition Mountain Heritage Days and Apacheland Reunion. Featuring live music and entertainment, education, and food.

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January 13, 27, 2018   10: a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Walking Tours of Old Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Guided by Connie Stevens, you'll discover fascinating facts about the town's early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona's first European settlement.

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January 13, 2018   2:00pm

Booking Reading and Signing: Wild Road Home by Christina Nealson

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Following five years on the road Christina Nealson faced an ultimatum: stop traveling or her marriage would end. She had hit her stride during those years, as writing and photography converged with her naturalist self and led her deep into the wild; she wasn’t about to go domestic. Wild Road Home is the story of a courageous unfolding...

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January 14, 2018   9:00am

Photography for Beginners-Informal Workshop & Sunday Outdoor Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to ask their specific questions answered in a supportive small groups, each with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to "put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners."

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January 14, 2018   2:00 a.m.

Teodoro 'Ted' Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Walt Michael

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Presidio is fortunate to once again host the legendary Walt Michael, Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, live in concert, at the historic schoolhouse in Tubac Presidio Park. 

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January 16, 2018   1:00pm

History Slide Rock Walking Tour

Slide Rock State Park

Join us in the red rocks of Sedona and learn the geology and history of this absolutely amazing area!

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January 17, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Music and Presentation: The Splendid Music of Mexico

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Tubac Presidio and the Border Community Alliance (BCA) will host Russ and Blyth Carpenter for a lively presentation of multi-media Mexican music you may not have encountered before.

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January 18, 2018   1:00pm

Geology of Slide Rock Walking Tour

Slide Rock State Park

Join us in the red rocks of Sedona and learn the geology and history of this absolutely amazing area!

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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, January 20, 2018   2 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Catalina State Park

Join OnesAll with Catalina State Park’s Music in the Mountains Concert Series for a second concert in January! OnesAll is a fun funk/rock band from Tucson, Ariz.

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January 20, 2018   10:00am

Lightroom, PhotoShop & Digital Image Post Processing

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post processing are invited to meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture room. Beginners are definitely encouraged to attend this popular recurring meet up, which includes programs and platforms beyond just Photoshop and LightRoom.

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January 20, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest and how it helped fuel the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California.

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January 20, 2018   2:00 p.m.

The Law in Territorial Arizona - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This is one of Jack’s favorite talks because it tells the story of how this land was acquired from the Mexicans. Learn about the Spanish law that came with it and is still with us today, and the early counties which included our lost county, Pah-Ute County, which is now that part of Nevada where Las Vegas is located.

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January 21, 2018   10:00am

Nouveau Jardin Tour - en Francais

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

S'il vous plaît venez rejoindre notre nouveau jardin tour - en Français.    Whether you’re learning French or speak the language, we’re offering a new tour guided in Gallic – a chance to walk the 1.5 mile long main trail through Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park and hear narration about familiar gardens and scenery, that most romantic of all Romance languages.

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January 21, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Teodoro 'Ted' Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Gertie Lopez & The T.O. Boyz

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Gertie and her band play “Waila” music which means “dance” in the Tohono O’odham language. Waila is a lively combination of polka, two step, cumbias, and mazurka.

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January 23, 2018   1:00pm

History Slide Rock Walking Tour

Slide Rock State Park

Join us in the red rocks of Sedona and learn the geology and history of this absolutely amazing area!

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01/26/18 - 01/27/18   7pm -10:30pm

Hummingbird Hoedown/Square and Round Dance Festival

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Grab your dancing shoes and duds and head on down to Sierra Vista for the Hummingbird Hoedown, Square and Round Dance Festival.

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January 27, 2018   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

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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January 27, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Presentation: John Ross Browne: Writer and Artist in the Frontier Southwest by Gil Storms

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

John Ross Browne was funny, adventurous, and was the most popular travel writer in the United States in the mid-1800’s, especially well-known for his accounts of life in the frontier Southwest.

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January 28, 2018   1:30pm

Edible-Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk by Dave Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Ethno-botanist Dave Morris guides this one-hour walk where you'll see prickly pear cacti, the towering stalks of our native Agave chrysantha, and mesquite trees – and learn practical uses for desert plants that have fed, clothed and healed Sonoran dwellers for 1,000 years. 

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January 31, 2018   6:00am to 7:15am

Lunar Eclipse Event at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

February 2-4, 2018

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering in Sierra Vista

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come experience the best of Western music and cowboy poetry. Artists from across the world converge in Cochise County for three headline performances and mini-concerts.

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February 2-4, 2018

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering in Sierra Vista

San Rafael State Natural Area

Come experience the best of Western music and cowboy poetry. Artists from across the world converge in Cochise County for three headline performances and mini-concerts.

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February 2, 2018   8:30am

Friday Bird Walk with Lisa and Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join guides Lisa & Peggy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum.  It’s a great way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

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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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February 3, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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February 3, 2018   10:00am

Saturday History Walking Tour with Sylvia Lee

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

You may have walked through Arboretum gardens and trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine 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 times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum.

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February 4th, 2018   2:00pm

Set in Stone But Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art with Allen

Red Rock State Park

Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves?

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February 10, 2018   1:30pm

Edible-Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk Guided by Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. You'll see prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and more! Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few desert edible samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar.

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February 11, 2018   9:00am

Photography for Beginners-Informal Workshop & Outdoor Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to ask their specific questions answered in a supportive small groups, each with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to "put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners."

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February 14, 2018   7:00pm

Chevron Canyon Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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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.

LEARN MORE

February 17, 2018   10:00am

Lightroom, PhotoShop & Digital Image Post Processing

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post processing are invited to meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture room. Beginners are definitely encouraged to attend this popular recurring meet up, which includes programs and platforms beyond just Photoshop and LightRoom.

LEARN MORE

February 24, 2018   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

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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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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March 3, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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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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March 10, 2018   10:00am

Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo Tour

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park’s main focus is to protect and interpret the archeological and historic resources of the Little Colorado River valley. The main emphasis is on four ancestral Hopi pueblos dating from 1260 to 1400. At this time the two largest sites are open for regular public viewing. Homolovi III and IV are currently closed.

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March 14, 2018   7:00pm

Solstice Project Update at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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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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March 24, 2018   TBT

142nd Anniversary of the Colonization of the Little Colorado River Valley

Homolovi State Park

Celebrate the 142nd Anniversary of the Colonization of the Little Colorado River Valley!

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March 24, 2018   11:00am

32nd Anniversary Celebration at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us for the 32nd Anniversary Celebration of Homolovi State Park's establishment inception!

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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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April 7, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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April 21, 2018   10:00am to 12:00pm

Hopi Code Talker Day at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Pay tribute to ten of America's (Secret) War Heroes, the WWII Hopi Code Talkers!

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May 5, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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May 9, 2018   7:00pm

Turkeys and Humans in the Prehistoric Southwest

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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May 19, 2018   10:00am to 2:00pm

Kids to Parks Day at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi will have some children's activities, and a petroglyph hike on Tsu'vo at 11:00 am.  Jr Ranger Program campaign, solar telescope viewing at the Winslow Homolovi Observatory unit at 2 pm.

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June 2, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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June 13, 2018   7:00pm

Homolovi or Rock Art Ranch

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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July 7, 2018   Sunset

Star Party Viewing at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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July 7, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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July 11, 2018   7:00pm

Rock Art of Australia at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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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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August 11, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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September 1, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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September 11, 2018   5:00pm to 6:30pm

17th Annual Remembrance and Reflection at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

17th Annual Remembrance and Reflection: Patriots Day 2018 at the City of Winslow at the 9-11 Remembrance Garden, 2101 E. Third Street, sponsored by Homolovi State Park Staff.

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September 22, 2018   8:00am to 5:00pm

Museum Day Live with the Smithsonian

Homolovi State Park

Annual Event celebrating America’s Rich Cultural and historic Heritage through our partners and museums.  Activities TBA.

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October 6, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

November 3, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Join us at Homolovi’s Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars!

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November 14, 2018   7:00pm

Ethnography and Archaeology in NM: Capulin Volcano National Monument Ethnographic Overview and Assessment

Homolovi State Park

The Homolovi Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month.

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November 17-18, 2018   9am. - 4pm.

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

Arizona State Parks & Trails is strongly committed to being a good steward of the budget and resources to operate over 35 parks in Arizona. We will continue to work with any group to make their events successful at any of our state parks in Arizona.

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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

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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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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Every Wednesday   7:30am to Varies

Guided Bird Walk at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Both novice and seasoned birders will enjoy the amazing variety of birds that flourish in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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December 3, 2017

Sunday Guided Hikes at Catalina

Catalina State Park

Explore the trails of Catalina State Park with experienced hiking guide, Gaston.  Consult the website to learn of hiking routes.

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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

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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Saturdays and Sundays   9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., twilight

Boat Tours

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Join us for boat tours at Patagonia Lake State Park and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! There will be three tours every Saturday and Sunday, plus a special twilight tour on Saturdays.

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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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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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Ongoing

Wildlife Slideshow

Oracle State Park

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

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Every Sunday   7:30am to Varies

Guided Bird Walk at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Both novice and seasoned birders will enjoy the amazing variety of birds that flourish in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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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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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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Saturdays and Sundays   9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., twilight

Boat Tours

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join us for boat tours at Patagonia Lake State Park and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! There will be three tours every Saturday and Sunday, plus a special twilight tour on Saturdays.

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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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