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July 24, 2017   10 a.m. - 1 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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Saturday 7/29   7:30 p.m.

Bat Night

Oracle State Park

Bat Night begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kannally Ranch House for a 30-minute PowerPoint introduction to the bats of Arizona. The talk will be followed by an optional netting event excursion. The remote netting site will require an easy one-mile roundtrip trail hike. However, participants should be prepared for walking on non-level park trail, in the dark with the help of flashlights and ranger guide. Research Ecologist and Regional Manager for Arizona Game and Fish, Joel Diamond, Ph.D., is back by popular demand for this evening program to learn more about bats and get up close and personal to some of the flying mammal species living in our neighborhood. Please call for a reservation, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission. Bring your own flashlight if you have one!

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July 30, 2017   7:00 a.m.

Hole-in-Boulder Hike

Catalina State Park

Meet in parking, near the two buildings at the main trailhead.

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July 30, 2017   11:00am

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, remove the spines and turn the bright red fruits into tasty jelly, ice cream – or margaritas. Opuntia expert Robert Lewis leads his audience for a short walk, and demonstrates proven techniques for picking and de-spining cactus fruit.

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Sunday 7/30   8 a.m.

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The final weekend this month brings two special days with back-to-back Lizard Walks guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Wild Man Phil and his son, Arch – plus special guest guides as backup each day in case of crowds and overflow attendance.

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Sunday 7/30   11 a.m.

Painting Class with Chuck Davison: Prickly Pear Cactus

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

This month artist Chuck Davison invites you to learn basic painting – and take home your own unique piece – following a beginners’ painting class where he’ll give step-by-step instruction and coaching to help beginners paint a colorful Prickly Pear design.

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Wednesday 8/2 to Saturday 8/5

2017 Summer Festival Field Trips – Southwest Wings Annual Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Discover the 2017 Summer Festival Field Trips of the Southwest Wings Annual Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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Friday 8/4   6:30 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk Friday with Lisa & Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A dozen Yellow-breasted Chats were counted during the annual spring migrant bird census; visit this week to hear their vocal chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk. What colorful birds are likely during summer months?

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August 5, 2017

Suvoyuki Day

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, August 5, 2017   5:30pm

First Saturday Concerts: Nancy Elliott

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park in welcoming Nancy Elliott for the First Saturday Concert on August 5, 2017. Bob Atkinson, a Tucson, Arizona Poet, describes Nancy this way; “Nancy's feeling for Southwestern Culture gets displayed in each concert she performs.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017   7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: Todo Unidos

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Working for the Arizona Historical Society's Pioneer Museum and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is what founded Breann Velasco's research interest of the Hispanic history in Flagstaff. It is a community whose role in Flagstaff's past has often been overlooked.

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August 5, 2017   10:00am - 2:00pm

Photographing Botanicals Indoors: Creative Lighting & Creative Shots

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

In Arizona's Valley of the Sun, many photographers agree it's just TOO HOT to shoot outside during early August – so Lisa Langell is bringing the botany indoors for a fun, imaginative and creative shoot using tools you can find right around your house.

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August 5 and September 2, 2017   8:30am

Dragonfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographer and dragonfly fan Roger Racut guides ‘an odonate excursion’ and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators.

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Saturday 8/5

AZ Wine Country BBQ

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon at LDV Winery in Pearce, Arizona. The day includes special winery and vineyard tours, great food, and a glass of your favorite LDV wine. Bring your camera for some beautiful vineyard photos.

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Saturday 8/5

High Mountain Half Marathon 2017

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

During the High Mountain Half Marathon, there will be plenty of pre-race activities on Friday night, as well as fun family activities at the finish line an evening festivities around town.

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August 6, 2017   8:00am

Sunday History Walk with Sylvia Lee

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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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Sunday, August 6, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture: Rafting the Grand Canyon: A Journey Through Space and Time with Jan Taylor

Red Rock State Park

Jan will speak primarily about rafting the Grand Canyon but also a little about the geology, archaeology, and history of boating the Grand Canyon with a focus on the adventure and magical beauty of a place unlike any other on earth.

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Sunday 8/6

Hangar Dance and Dinner – A White Mountain Salute to Veterans

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Join this fun tribute back for the second year: Hangar Dance and Dinner – A White Mountain Salute to Veterans. Dance to WWII-era swing music featuring the San Tan Swing Band. Also performing the Uptown Angels with a variety of music from many eras.

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August 6, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: August 6, 2017

Catalina State Park

Hike Canyon Loop Trail, then take the Sutherland Cutoff Trail to Sutherland Trail, brunch on the flat rocks in Cargodera Canyon, and return by side trails and part of the same route.

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August 7, 2017   6pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017   10:00 am.

Flagstaff Event: Arizona Rough Riders - FREE Event!

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

FREE Event! The Arizona Rough Riders is a living history group which brings the Spanish-American War era (1898) to life. Dressed in authentic period dress of the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, and carrying 100 year old weapons for the public's examination, the Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America.

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August 12, 2017   10am and 3pm

Doc Holliday's in Tombstone: Q&A with Victoria Wilcox, Author of

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Meet Victoria Wilcox, author of "Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday" at Tombstone Courthouse during the first annual Doc Holliday's. The historic fiction author will answer questions about her writing and the life of one of Tombstone's most notorious characters, both the mythic and facts known and little-known.

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Saturday 8/12   8 a.m.

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Lizard Walks guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Wild Man Phil and his son, Arch, are among the Arboretum’s most popular Summertime guided nature walks, popular with  kids –they’re an equal lure for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017   2:30pm.

Second Sunday – Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A guided walk from Rordan Mansion to the area that was once bustling around the lumber mill.

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Sunday 8/13   6:30 a.m.

Guided Bird Walk Sunday

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A dozen Yellow-breasted Chats were counted during our annual spring migrant bird census; visit this week to hear their vocal chorus around the gardens.

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Sunday 8/13   12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday ‘Paint & Wine’ Art Class with Carla Keaton

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art Gallery, hosts her next  ‘Paint and Wine’ art class  Aug. 13.

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August 13, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: August 13, 2017

Catalina State Park

An easy hike along an old jeep road leaving from and returning to the Equestrian Center.

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Monday, August 14, 2017   12:15pm.

Brown Bag Lecture: The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Beginning in 1901, the brothers had many adventures at the Grand Canyon - learn from author Roger Naylor, one of Arizona’s premier travel writers.

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Friday 8/18   6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Heat on Main Street

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park

The city of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals invites you to Celebrate the Heat on Main Street with live music and entertainment, great food, shopping and family fun!

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Friday 8/18   6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Celebrate the Heat on Main Street

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

The city of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals invites you to Celebrate the Heat on Main Street with live music and entertainment, great food, shopping and family fun!

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August 19, 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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August 19, 2017   9am - 11am

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.

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Saturday 8/19   8 a.m.

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert. Many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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Saturday 8/19   8 a.m.

Superior Prickly Pear Culinary Festival

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Admission is free at the 6th annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior! This annual ‘prickly pear-palooza’ is a unique local event that celebrates all things Opuntia, plus mesquite and other desert edibles, too.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017   2:00pm

Sunday Lecture: Conserving Arizona's Streams and Biodiversity in a Changing Environment

Red Rock State Park

Experimental forests were planted from Arizona to Alberta, Canada as part of habitat restoration. Findings from these forests have played an important role in the development of genetics solutions to help mitigate the impacts of drought, invasive species and other challenges to which southwestern streams are especially susceptible

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Sunday 8/20   8 a.m.

Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

What guided tour could be more fitting here than a once-a-month guided walk devoted to trees of the Arboretum?

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Friday 8/25   9 a.m.

Foraging Walkabout

Oracle State Park

Identify and discuss a variety of plants along the trail, plus have a treat at the end prepared from foraged foods. The fee for the two-hour ethnobotany program is $10 in addition to park admission. Sonoran Herbalist and Presenter, John Slattery, will also bring a display of Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for sale, and copies of his new book, Southwest Foraging. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park. Reservation required; limit 25.

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August 26, 2017   8:30am

Butterfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join us for a guided butterfly walk once-a-month throughout the Summer – a slow-paced tour where you can see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more.

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Saturday 8/26   8 a.m.

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Scott McFadden 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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Sunday 8/27   8 a.m.

Agave Nectar, Nopalitos and a Taste of Desert Edibles with 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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September 2017

11th Annual Salsa Festival

Roper Lake State Park

Come join us for The 11th Annual Salsa Festival for 2017. This 2-day event offers dozens of food vendors and crafts and features the Salsa Challenge, Car Show, a beer garden and live entertainment.

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September 2017

11th Annual Salsa Festival

Dankworth Pond State Park

Come join us for The 11th Annual Salsa Festival for 2017. This 2-day event offers dozens of food vendors and crafts and features the Salsa Challenge, Car Show, a beer garden and live entertainment.

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September 2, 2017   6:00pm

First Saturday Concerts: Way Out West

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on September 2nd for cowboy and Western tunes brought to you by the band Way Out West!   This group delivers a lively show of traditional and original music, with stories and poems of cowboys, ranchers, and settlers of the American West.

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Saturday 9/2   8:30 a.m.

Dragonfly Walk with ASU Professor Pierre Deviche

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographer and dragonfly expert Pierre Deviche guides ‘an odonate excursion’ and interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features – a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators.

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Saturday 9/2   12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday ‘Paint & Wine’ Class with Carla Keaton

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art Gallery, hosts seasonal ‘Paint and Wine’ classes and her next is Saturday Sept. 2.

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Sunday 9/3   8 a.m.

Arboretum Pictures From Our Past > Slideshow & History Talk Indoors

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Want to get better acquainted with Col. Thompson and his namesake Arboretum? Phoenix author and historian Sylvia Lee will narrate nuggets of Arboretum history in the air-conditioned lecture room,  and put her stories in perspective with a Saturday slideshow of vintage photos projected enlarged on a big screen.

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September 3, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: September 3, 2017

Catalina State Park

"Hole-in-boulder"

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September 5, 2017   5:30pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Saturday 9/9   8 a.m.

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk – Season Finale

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Lizard Walks guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Wild Man Phil and his son, Arch, are among the Arboretum’s most popular Summertime guided nature walks.

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Sunday September 10, 2017   1:00 pm

Second Sunday – Afternoon Tea

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Step back to 1904 with a time period inspired afternoon tea on the veranda. Dress in your finest Victorian or Edwardian attire.

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September 10, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: September 10, 2017

Catalina State Park

Fifty-Year Trail & beyond. An easy hike along an old jeep road leaving from the Equestrian Center. Return, using different pleasant trails.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017   7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A special presentation for Colorado River Days made possible by River Runners for Wilderness. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a 50 minute behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book “From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon.”

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017   7:00 pm.

Tuesday Evening Lecture: From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A special presentation for Colorado River Days made possible by River Runners for Wilderness. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a 50 minute behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book “From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon.”

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September 16, 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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September 16, 2017   7pm

Star Party at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky.  This program is limited to 75 participants.

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September 16, 2017   9am - 11am

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.

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Saturday 9/16   8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Prickly Pear Fruit Processing Workshop

Oracle State Park

Join Sonoran herbalist John Slattery for a trail walk and talk to learn about the wonders of the prickly pear cactus, with some discussion of prickly pear medicine. With a blender and straining equipment, John will demonstrate a relatively quick and simple method to process prickly pear at home. Enjoy a freshly made juice drink at the end. Botanical products and books for sale as well. Workshop is $15 in addition to park entrance fee. Reservation required, limit 15. Program sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.

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Septemner 17, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: September 17, 2017

Catalina State Park

Cabin & Sutherland Trail Loop. ake the Nature Trail and follow Sutherland Wash to the “stone cabin” at the north end of the Park.

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September 23, 2017   4pm - 7pm

Taste at the Bridge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Sample some of rim country's best wine, beer, food, art and music at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park's annual Taste of the Bridge event, sponsored by the hidden gem of Pine, THAT Brewery.

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Saturday 9/23   7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Star Party

Oracle State Park

Join us for a star party with telescopes and night sky interpretation by Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association. More details to be announced.

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Selected Dates from Sept. 23 - Nov. 5, 2017   10:00am

Tours of Homolovi IV at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Come join a Ranger for a tour of Homolovi IV, one of the park’s archaeological sites that is not usually open to the public. The pueblo consisted of approximately 200 masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west side of the Little Colorado River.

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September 24, 2017   2pm

57th Annual Colonel's Daughter Contest

Fort Verde State Historic Park

A Camp Verde tradition, sponsored by the Camp Verde Cavalry. Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for the title of "Colonel's Daughter."

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September 24, 2017   6:30am - 9:30am

Split Endz Trail & Road Run

Catalina State Park

September means the April course in reverse, but this year we're adding a 5k road race on the park's paved roads. All feature those same spectacular mountain views!

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Septemner 24, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: September 24, 2017

Catalina State Park

Nature Trail/Canyon Loop. Hike Nature Trail to Montrose Pool and Birding Trail.

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September 24, 2017   8:30am - 11:00am

Southwest Monarch Study at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Nestled in the red rock country of Sedona, Oak Creek provides a flyway for migrating monarchs hurrying to their overwintering grounds each September. Join Gail Morris, coordinator of the southwest Monarch Study, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging.

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September 30, 2017   9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Verde River Day 2017

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Celebrate all things outdoors while learning about the dynamic ecology of the Verde River. A free family event from your state parks.

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October 4, 2017   4:45pm

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon.

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Thursday 10/5 to Sunday 10/8

91st Annual Graham County Fair

Roper Lake State Park

Come join the fun at the 91st Annual Graham County Fair in Safford AZ. Carnival, exhibits, animal shows and auction, gymkhana, horse show, live entertainment, talent show and free games with cash prizes.

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Thursday 10/5 to Sunday 10/8

91st Annual Graham County Fair

Dankworth Pond State Park

Come join the fun at the 91st Annual Graham County Fair in Safford AZ. Carnival, exhibits, animal shows and auction, gymkhana, horse show, live entertainment, talent show and free games with cash prizes.

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October 7, 2017   5:00pm

First Saturday Concerts: A Musical Celebration by Wendy Sweet

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is pleased to welcome back Wendy Sweet on October 7th, 2017!  Join this themed vocalist as she performs to high quality background tracks in a Musical Celebration featuring a wide variety of music - standards, country, pop and old rock and roll!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017   7:00 pm.

Second Sunday Tour: Cemetery Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Details TBA

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Monday, October 9, 2017   12:15 pm.

Brown Bag Lecture

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Brown Bag Lecture

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October 14-15, 2017

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Take a trip through time and commemorate the history of Fort Verde with historic reenactors, vintage baseball games, and talks on the history of our nation's servicepeople.

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October 14, 2017   6:30pm - 9:30pm

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects will be in the sky. These include Saturn (early evening), Uranus, Neptune, the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), Nebulae, double star systems, star clusters, and other fascinating objects.

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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 27 - 29   7pm, 8pm, and 9pm

Halloween Tours at Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Halloween is a great time of year for a story. The Riordan Mansion provides a perfect backdrop. Tour this beautiful historic house and hear tales of the fantastic and the factual.

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

Flagstaff Special Evening Halloween Tours

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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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Saturday 11/4 to Sunday 11/5

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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Saturday 11/4 to Sunday 11/5

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 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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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 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

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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 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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December 9, 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 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, 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

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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Summer 2017

USFS Summer Interpretive Programs

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Planning to visit Fool Hollow Lake this summer? Enjoy any of the interpretive programs sponsored by the US Forest Service put on from late May to early September, everything from nature hikes to children's programs to wildlife education.

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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   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

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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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

Wildlife Slideshow

Oracle State Park

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

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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   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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Every Saturday (Memorial - Labor Day)   4pm

Nature's Calling - Children's Hour

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

A special program sponsored by our partners at the US Forest Service, this weekly program lets children explore all that nature has to offer around Fool Hollow.

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Tuesday 5/30 to Sunday 12/31

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

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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