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48 Scheduled Events

Wednesdays   7:30 a.m.

Wednesday Guided Bird Walks

Catalina State Park

Both novice and seasoned birders enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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October 19 to December 1, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit the Santa Cruz River Children’s Art 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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Every Wednesday and Saturday   8:00 a.m.

Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

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

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Thursday, November 21, 2019   8:15 a.m.

Bird Walk

Lost Dutchman State Park

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

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Every Friday morning   9:00 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks

Patagonia Lake State Park

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

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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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Saturdays & Sundays   Varies

Boat Tours

Patagonia Lake State Park

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

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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019   4-5 p.m.

Singer-Songwriter Steve Holmquist

Lost Dutchman State Park

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

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Every Saturday   2:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Buckskin Mountain State Park

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

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Every Saturday   2 p.m.

Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center

River Island State Park

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

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Saturday, November 23, 2019   8:30 - 11 a.m.

Nature Journaling for Beginners

Red Rock State Park

Discover the pleasure of the art of nature journaling! This class is designed to introduce the student to the different types and methods of keeping a nature journal.

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Saturday, November 23   1:00 pm.

Arizona's Birding Trail

Oracle State Park

Join bird specialist, Craig Anderson, in the living room of the historic Kannally Ranch House, for a 30-minute slide show program sharing details of a new online resource under development, to support bird-watching tourism.

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Sundays in November   7:30 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, November 24, 2019   9:00 am

Sunday Geology Walk

Catalina State Park

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

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Monday, November 25, 2019   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Catalina State Park

Join Park Ranger Jack, as leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail.

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Friday, November 29, 2019   8:00 am

Green Friday

Arizona State Parks

Hike along the riverbanks & explore the area while collecting trash to support the conservation efforts of Natural Restorations and REI.

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Friday - Sunday   7:00 p.m.

Presentations at the Park by Craig Anderson

Patagonia Lake State Park

Join Craig Anderson for three presentations Friday through Sunday about the importance of birds in Southern Arizona, and come along on the guided boat and bird tours on Saturday and Sunday!

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Saturday, November 30, 2019   7-8 p.m.

Dr. Sky: An Amazing Night Under the Skies

Lost Dutchman State Park

Explore the constellations and planets in the dazzling sky overhead with Dr. Sky, a sparkling experience you won't soon forget!

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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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Saturdays, November 30, 2019   6:30-9 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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Thursdays-Mondays, Dec. 1- Jan. 6   Every Hour 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Tours at Riordan

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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

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Sunday, December 1, 2019   2 p.m.

Internationally Recognized Sedona Bamboo Flute Player- Jesse Kalu

Red Rock State Park

Jesse performs regularly in the Sedona area. He utilizes a wide-variety of bamboo flutes sweeping from the soprano to bass ranges, all made by his own hand. Many who hear his music praise his ability to imbue his creations with the deep connecting spirit of the natural world.

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December 6, 2019 - 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 7   4:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns Photo Tours!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

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

Annual Christmas Party and Crafts

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Get into the holiday spirit at Riordan Mansion!

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

Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Join us as we host candlelight tours through Fort Verde State Park's historic homes along Officer's Row. December 8 is a fee free day sponsored by Camp Verde Parks & Recreation!

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Dec. 7 | Feb. 1 | Apr. 4   Times Vary

Hike the Peak!

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Saturday, December 7, 2019   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Bruce Carlson

Catalina State Park

Join us for our December concert series featuring Bruce Carlson!

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

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike led by our knowledgeable volunteers will take you out on our trails to discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker.

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December 9, 2019   12:15-1 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Dinosaur Wars

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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

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

Santa at the Park!

Patagonia Lake State Park

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

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

Sign Language Saturday Cave Tours

Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

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December 14, 2019   2 p.m.

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

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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3rd Sunday of the month, October to May   1:00 p.m.

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park. The hike will identify the various archaeological features visible from park trails and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. The guide will also touch on ideas of other cultures that likely have made use of the park’s resources.

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

Riordan Special Tour: Christmas Twilight Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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

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

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Saturday, December 21, 2019   3 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Mother Cody Band

Catalina State Park

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

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January 1, 2020   10 a.m.

First Day Hike at Homolovi

Homolovi State Park

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

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January 1, 2020   1 p.m.

First Day Hike at Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park

Start the new year with a nature hike led by Slide Rock State Park Ranger Blake Hourigan. Blake will guide visitors on a 1.5 mile walk with informative tidbits of geology, wildlife, homestead history and plant life around Slide Rock State Park. Please remember to wear appropriate shoes and layered clothing, bring plenty of water.

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Jan. 1, 2020   10:00 a.m.

First Day Hike on Calloway Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Jan. 4 | Mar. 7 |   10:00 am

Guided Hike- Sunset Vista Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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January 5, 2020   2:00 p.m.

The Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography

Red Rock State Park

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

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

Ranger-Guided Tour: The River Made Me

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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Saturday, January 18, 2020   2-3 p.m.

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

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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Sunday, January 19, 2020   2 p.m.

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

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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

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

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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February 8 to March 22, 2020

Water/Ways Exhibit

Lake Havasu State Park

Community Event - Lake Havasu Museum of History

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Feb. 14, 2020   4:30 pm

Wild West Outdoor Concert

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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Ongoing Programs

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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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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