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Thursday 8/17   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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Thursday 8/17   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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Saturday, August 19, 2017   7:00 pm.

Bug Night

Oracle State Park

Join entomologist, Michael Wilson, for a slide show program in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Michael Wilson is Research Director of Drylands Institute, a Tucson organization devoted to research on the Sonoran Desert.

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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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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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August 19, 2017   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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August 19, 2017   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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August 20, 2017   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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August 25, 2017   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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August 26, 2017   5pm - 7pm

Sunset Hike with a Ranger

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Enjoy a cool evening hike exploring the geology, flora and fauna along the 2.5 mile Foothills Loop Trail.

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August 26, 2017   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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August 27, 2017   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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Thursday 8/31 to Sunday 9/3

Taylor Sweet Corn Festival

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come join Taylor Sweet Corn festival celebrating the harvest of Taylor area farmers' prize winning sweet corn. Events include a parade, rodeo, barbecue, arts and crafts fair, softball tournaments and dances.

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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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Friday 9/1 to Sunday 9/3

102nd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come join the old fashion family fun of the 102nd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo. Enjoy the steak fry and rodeo dance Saturday and Sunday Nights.

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Friday 9/1 to Sunday 9/3

Showdown in Tombstone

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Step back in time on the streets of Historic Tombstone, Arizona. This event includes street entertainment, gunfight reenactments, an 1880s costume contest, and a parade.

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Friday 9/1

47th Annual Jerome Hill Climb

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come join the 47th Annual Jerome Hill Climb. This race starts at the Jerome Historical Museum and ends with a gorgeous view of Sedona.

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September 2, 2017   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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September 2, 2017   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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September 3, 2017   6am

Sunday Hike: September 3, 2017

Catalina State Park

"Hole-in-boulder"

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September 3, 2017   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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Sunday 9/3 to Wednesday 9/6

Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come enjoy the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival – recognized as one of the top 15 film and music festivals in the world.

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Sunday 9/3 to Monday 9/4

2017 CSV Oktoberfest

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come enjoy the Oktoberfest in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This event features the family fun of a carnival, food vendors and live entertainment in the beer garden.

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Sunday 9/3

Clarkdale Free Concert in the Park - Matchbox Twenty Too

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come enjoy some live, pop rock music performed by the tribute band Matchbox Twenty Too.

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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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Monday 9/4 to Thursday 9/7

Apache County Fair

Lyman Lake State Park

Come join the family fun of the annual Apache County Fair, established in 1942, and featuring carnival rides and games, local vendors, crafts, baked goods, and a lot more.

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Thursday 9/7

Saturday Night Starlight Train Tours

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Come experience a Saturday night Starlight Train Tour. Pulled by vintage locomotives, this journey starts at the historic depot near Clarkdale, Arizona.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017   6:30 am.

Bird Walk

Oracle State Park

Enjoy an early Morning Bird Walk with guide, Craig Anderson.

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Friday 9/8 to Wednesday 9/13

86th Annual Navajo County Fair Rodeo and Little Buckaroo Rodeo

Homolovi State Park

Come join the family fun at the 86th Annual Navajo County Fair Rodeo and Little Buckaroo Rodeo. Featuring carnival, exhibits, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, 4-H competition, kids games, and a demolition derby.

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September 9, 2017   9am - 11am

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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September 9, 2017   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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Tuesday 9/12 to Thursday 9/14

102nd Annual Santa Cruz County Fair

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come join three days of activities, carnival, 4–H/FFA, live music, barrel racing, gymkhana, horse shows, exhibits, vendors, and a wonderful farmers' market.

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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 mid-September sky.  This program is limited to 75 participants.

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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   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, September 16, 2017   8:00 am. - 11:00 am

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.

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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 17, 2017   8am

Tree Tour with Miguel Hernandez

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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Sunday, September 17, 2017   2:00 pm.

Jesse Kalu: Internationally Recognized Sedona Bamboo Flute Player

Red Rock State Park

This heartfelt presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawks owl seagulls, dolphins, whales coyotes, wolf, elk, and more.

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Tuesday 9/19 to Thursday 9/21

34th Annual Run to the Pines Car Show

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come enjoy this blast from the past in the beautiful White Mountains. The Southwest's largest, free to the public, open class pre-1973 car show, 550 vehicles expected, poker run, games and much more.

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Tuesday 9/19 to Thursday 9/21

42nd Annual Fall Artisans Festival

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Join in on this Fall Festival in the beautiful White Mountains in the Orchard at Charlie Clark’s in Pinetop. This event features handmade crafted items by artisans from all over the country.

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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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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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Saturday, September 23, 2017   5:30 pm.

Solar Eclipse Tour and Star Party,

Oracle State Park

Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee, will share a Powerpoint presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House.

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September 23, 2017   9am

Butterfly Walk with Adriane Grimaldi

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Butterfly expert Adriane Grimaldi (she’s the education director at Butterfly Wonderland!)   guides a walk through the gardens. This leisurely guided outing proceeds along paths that are wheelchair-accessible, exploring our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.

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September 23, 2017   8am

Geology Walking Tour Guided by ASU Prof. Steve Semken

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist and ASU Prof. Steve Semken 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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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 24, 2017   8am

Beginner's Painting Class with Chuck Davison

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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 Dragonfly design.

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September 24, 2017   8am

Edible, Useful & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Ethnobotanist David Morris guides a leisurely one-hour stroll up the Curandero Trail,  pointing out prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees, agaves and many more native plants of the Sonoran Desert.

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September 24, 2017   10am

Intro to Photography Workshop, Walk & Guided Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

A quintet of photographers volunteer a day here at the Arboretum each month -- sharing their camera skills and coaching beginners. The goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance.

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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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Saturday, September 9, 2017   3:00 pm.

Phenology Bingo

Oracle State Park

Join a Talk and Walk with plant specialist, Hilary Cox. Meet in the Kannally Ranch House living room for a 45-minute Powerpoint slideshow to learn more about the National Phenology Program that allows public participation in scientific research, connecting people with nature to benefit our changing planet.

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September 30, 2017   5pm - 7pm

Sunset Hike with a Ranger

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Enjoy a cool evening hike exploring the geology, flora and fauna along the 2.5 mile Foothills Loop Trail.

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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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Wednesday 10/4 to Saturday 10/7

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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Wednesday 10/4 to Saturday 10/7

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 6, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk Friday with Lisa & Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October; visit this week to see  chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk guided by Lisa & Peggy at 8:30 a.m.

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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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Saturday, October 7, 2017   3:00 pm.

Common Butterflies in Southern Arizona

Oracle State Park

Join butterfly enthusiast, Larry Fellows, of the South-Eastern Arizona Butterfly Association for a Powerpoint slideshow presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House.

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October 7, 2017   10am

Saturday History Walking Tour 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, October 8, 2017   7:00 pm.

Second Sunday Tour: Cemetery Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Details TBA

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October 8, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October; visit this week to see  chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk guided by Lisa & Peggy at 8:30 a.m.

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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 21, 2017   10am

Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup, which expands this year to include programs and platforms beyond LightRoom.

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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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October 28, 2017   9:30am

Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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October 28, 2017   1:30am

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Phil St. George as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour!

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Friday 11/3 to Saturday 11/4

Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine Tasting Festival

Roper Lake State Park

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

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Friday 11/3 to Saturday 11/4

Colors of Copper Art Show and Wine Tasting Festival

Dankworth Pond State Park

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

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November 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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August 4, 2018

Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

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

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

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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November 17, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

McFarland State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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October 19, 2018

Water/Ways Exhibit

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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Ongoing Programs

Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: 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

Wildlife Slideshow

Oracle State Park

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

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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Monday 5/29 to Saturday 12/30

Experience Our New Children's Garden

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The children’s garden by the schoolhouse allows children of all ages to play hopscotch, marbles, and jump rope the old-fashioned way. Come be as sunny as the sunflowers and delight in some summer fun.

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Ongoing

Ongoing Exhibit: 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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