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March 25

Arizona State Parks and Trails Day!

Arizona State Parks and Trails is turning 60! Celebrations are planned throughout the park system. The first 60 people to enter at each state park on Saturday, March 25 will receive a free parks pass for their next state park visit. Events are being held throughout the parks. See all this weekend's activities and events throughout the year listed below.


March 25-26

Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo

Ben Avery Shooting Facility

Get ready for the largest hands-on outdoor expo in Arizona! Admission and parking are free. Once again, there will be plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. Arizona State Parks and Trails will be at the expo answering questions and handing out info and free park passes! LEARN MORE

March 24, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Living History: Spinning

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Spinning wheels aren't just for sleeping beauties. Watch and learn how to make thread from fiber, then try it out yourself.

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March 24, 2017   10am - Noon

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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March 24, 2017   10am

Brigham City Fort Tour

Homolovi State Park

Celebrating 141 years since Colonization of the Little Colorado River Valley by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Guided tour of Sunset Cemetery and Brigham (Ballanger's Camp) City Fort.

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March 25, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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

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March 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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March 25, 2017   12pm - 4pm

Bugs of America

Oracle State Park

Learn more about the world of bugs with Shane Burchfield out of Portal, AZ. He’ll start with a formal talk, and stick around for an interactive opportunity with visitors.

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March 25, 2017   8am

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds with volunteer Jeff Coker.

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March 25, 2017   2pm

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: The Ronstadt Review

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

John Ronstadt and Jeanne Ronstadt (husband & wife), along with Bill Ronstadt (cousin) will close out the season with a truly Arizona-style concert.

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March 25, 2017   6:30pm

Music and Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Enjoy music with guitarist Steve Holmquist. The musical program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Palo Verde Ramada. After the program at 8:00pm attendees will walk a well-lit path to the Star Party at Saguaro!

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March 25, 2017   10am

Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month: Guided Tours: Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo

Homolovi State Park

Join a Ranger and explore a late 14th century Hopi Pueblo. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear. Weather permitting.

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March 25, 2017   9:30am

Hopi Code Talkers Exhibit Dedication

Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park and its Partners announce the dedication of the Hopi Code Talker Recognition Exhibit. This exhibit pays honor to America's (Secret) War Heroes of World War II, honoring the ten Hopi Code Talkers of World War II.

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March 25, 2017   7pm

Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month: "Forest Changes through Time": A Photographic Journey by Neil Weintrab

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Join KNF archaeologist Neil Weintraub as he discusses a series of historic photographs that were recently rephotographed to demonstrate the changes that have taken place in the forests in northern Arizona.

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March 25, 2017   2:30pm

Birds of Prey

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

March 25, 2017   7pm

Instruments and Music of Arizona Pioneers

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

March 25, 2017   2pm

Hike to the Mines in the Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join Ranger Mike Woods for a hike to visit historic mines and mining equipment on the park. On the hike, we’ll see three tungsten mines, a powder magazine building, and the ruins of a small gravity concentrator (stamp) mill.

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March 25, 2017   7pm

Evening Lecture: Forest Changes through Time: A Photographic Journey

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Join Kaibab National Forest archaeologist Neil Weintraub as he discusses a series of historic photographs that were recently rephotographed to demonstrate the changes that have taken place in the forests in northern.

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March 25, 2017   10am

2017 Site Steward Conference

Homolovi State Park

The Arizona Site Steward program was developed 30 years ago by Governor Bruce Babbitt and his Archaeological Advisory Commission in an attempt to support the protection of cultural sites on public lands.

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March 25, 2017   9:00am - 5:00pm

60th Anniversary Celebration

McFarland State Historic Park

Arizona State Parks and Trails is turning 60! Join us at the historic McFarland Courthouse to celebrate the origin of Arizona's State Parks and learn about the rich history of the 35 parks established over the last 60 years.

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March 25, 2017   7am

"Welcome Back Buzzards"

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Help us welcome back our returning buzzards on Saturday, with a big party just for them--and for all you buzzard lovers. (We know you're out there.)

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March 26, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Anne and Kathe

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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March 26, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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March 26, 2017   1pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona

Red Rock State Park

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

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March 26, 2017   9:00 am

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk

Catalina State Park

Park Ranger, Jack, leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park.  

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March 26, 2017   2pm

Presentation: Life and War on the Edge: Spanish Colonial Arizona

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join Rick Collins, our new interpretation ranger, for a fascinating talk on what it was actually like to live on the Spanish Frontier. You will learn about daily life, relations with the native people and the realities of living on the edge of civilization at a time when southern Arizona was the northern outpost of New Spain.

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March 26, 2017   9am

Geology Walk in Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed?  What are some of the different rocks in the park? Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen.

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March 26, 2017   2pm

Guided Plant Walk

Oracle State Park

Join volunteer botany-enthusiast, Hilary Cox, for a short trail walk to identify spring blooms and seasonal changes in vegetation.

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03/26/2017   2:00 PM

Basic Survival in the Desert

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join Kartchner Caverns volunteer John Kvasnicka as he presents a program on “Basic Survival in the Desert”. John was a wildlife extension specialist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife for 40 years.

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March 27, 2017   1pm - 2pm

Brown Bag Series: Fire and Survival Skills

Lost Dutchman State Park

Learn how to create fire and basic survival skills in an inhospitable desert environment with Ranger Erica. Meet at the amphitheater.

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March 28, 2017   11am - Noon

Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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March 29, 2017   8:30am - 11:30am

Exploring Siphon Draw Trail

Lost Dutchman State Park

A window into history lives on the Siphon Draw Trail. Follow our volunteer guides on this 4.2 mile hike through the park and into the Superstition Mountains. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

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March 30, 2017   10am

Home Schoolers

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tour guide Jim Shepherd leads a morning studying Plants of the Bible Lands.

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March 31, 2017   7pm

Critters

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

April 1, 2017   9:00am

Tsu'vo Loop Trail and Petroglyphs at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Enjoy a hike along the ancient Tsu'vo Trail, 2 miles of sandy trails to Diné Point and back. Marvel at ancient petroglyphs left by indigenous peoples centuries ago.

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April 1, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Every day in April   11am

Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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April 1, 2017   11am

‘Going Vertical’ Gardening Workshop With Pinal Master Gardeners

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Make some big changes in your garden! Learn about vertical gardening from Pinal County's Master Gardeners at this free workshop.

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April 1, 2017   5:00 - 11:00pm

Road to Country Thunder

McFarland State Historic Park

Historic downtown Florence, Arizona will come alive with great country music at the Third Annual "Road to Country Thunder" event on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in the lead-up to the Country Thunder music festival.

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April 1, 2017   4pm

Bird Talk and Guided Walk

Oracle State Park

earn the backstory of ten colorful migrants, such as the yellow warbler, blue grosbeak, summer tanager, and others. The talk will be followed by a 90-minute bird walk outside.

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April 1-2, 2017

Family Campout

Catalina State Park

Arizona Family Campout 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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April 1, 2017   2:00 - 6:00pm

Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Explore the skies above southern Arizona. There will be solar viewing during the day and astronomy viewing after dark.

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Saturdays and Sundays in April   10am

Weekend Wildflower Walks in April

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

State Parks volunteers guide our popular Weekend Wildflower Walks – join either day for a chance to see, photograph and learn about Arroyo Lupine above Ayer Lake, Desert Wishbone along the Switchbacks, Wild Cucumber along Queen Creek - and a dozen other ephemeral flowers here at BTA.

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April 1, 2017   5:30pm

First Saturdays Concerts: Swing into Spring

Catalina State Park

The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Joe Bourne will be performing “Swing into Spring” a variety of jazz and R+B to celebrate the arrival of spring in the park!

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April 1, 2017   2:30pm

Interpretive Hike

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Interpretive hikes are led by one of our rangers and will interpret the native flora and fauna along the hike, history of the area and general information about the local landscape.

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April 2, 2017   7am

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Kathe Anderson returns to offer an early morning guided bird walk at the park, beginning at 7am. Following the two hour walk, participants will be treated to a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House, courtesy of the Friends of Oracle State Park.

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April 2, 2017   2pm

Sunday Lecture: Sacred Scarlets

Red Rock State Park

For over 1,000 years Scarlet Macaws have dazzled the people of the Southwest. Many visitors are impressed when they learn these exotic birds were traded into Verde Valley. Kelley Taylor, founder of Sacred Scarlets, will be presenting these amazing birds as ambassadors for their protection in the wild.

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April 4, 2017   2pm

Presentation: Spain: Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine: Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The 16th -18th century Christian Spain that colonized the Americas was the sum total of its previous occupants - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Sonya Norman and Jesús García discuss agricultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic.

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April 5, 2017   7am

Guided Bird Walk

Oracle State Park

Bird the park on a crowd-free weekday! At 4,335 feet elevation, the park temperature should be ideal as spring replaces winter, and we’re hoping to see migrants as well as the usual suspects.

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April 6, 2017   11am - 2pm

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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April 6, 2017   9am

Living History: Blacksmithing in Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Visit our blacksmith as he creates all those wonderful tools for daily life, from nails, to latches, to spoons and forks. Includes all day admission to tour the Presidio.

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April 7 - 9, 2017

26th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show

Lake Havasu State Park

The Lake Havasu Boat Show has an established 26-year tradition of success in the recreational boating industry. The Lake Havasu Boat Show has grown and diversified to become one of the premier boat shows throughout the entire Southwest and the largest outdoor consumer show for new and used boats in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico

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April 7, 2017   7am

Audobon Guided Bird Walk

Oracle State Park

Bird the park on a crowd-free weekday! At 4,335 feet elevation, the park temperature should be ideal as spring replaces winter, and we’re hoping to see migrants as well as the usual suspects.

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April 8, 2017   10:00 am

Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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April 8 - 9, 2017   9:00am - 6:00pm

History of the Soldier

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Reenactors bring military history to life from the American Revolution to the present day. Guest speakers, reenactments, military encampments, and weapons demonstrations make this an outstanding experience for all military aficionados.

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April 8, 2017   10am - Noon

Walking Tour of Old Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come explore the colorful history of Old Tubac. Learn about Arizona's first European settlement and how explorers, pioneers, and natives lived together.

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April 8, 2017   1:30pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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April 8, 2017   1pm

The Photographer's Eye - How to Compose Great Images

Oracle State Park

Making great photographs requires both technical and artistic abilities. This class focuses on the artistic elements of photography. It will cover image composition techniques that the photo-enthusiast can do with most any camera from smartphones to DSLRs.

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April 8, 2017   10:00 am

Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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April 8-9, 2017

Family Campout

Patagonia Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout 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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April 8, 2017   9am

Petrified Forest Walk

Homolovi State Park

Tour Homolovi State Park's small petrified forest exploring the park's paleontological history. Learn all about petrification and the ecology of the Triassic period in Arizona.

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April 8, 2017   2:30pm

Interpretive Hike

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Interpretive hikes are led by one of our rangers and will interpret the native flora and fauna along the hike, history of the area and general information about the local landscape.

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April 8, 2017   2pm

Kartchner Concert Series: Jacob Acosta

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Artist Jacob Acosta will be putting on a concert at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Acosta has been a national performing artist in Arizona for over 9 years. He has worked with legendary producer, John Vanderslice, been featured on NPR, played dozens of festivals across the U.S., and has released 9 records since 2008.

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April 9, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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April 9, 2017   10am - 2pm

Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds Workshop

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Students will learn to weave pine needles on the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish.  A clean and prepared gourd and all materials are provided, but students may bring special feathers, beads or other adornments if they like.

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April 9, 2017   1pm

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet.

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April 9, 2017   2pm - 3:30pm

Second Sunday Special Tour: Sustainability - A Historic Perspective

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

A 90 minute guided tour of Riordan Mansion with a focus on what we would now call green building practices.

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April 10, 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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April 10, 2017   12:15pm

Brown Bag Lecture: Colonel Henry Kendrick's Retirement Party, March 1880

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Have you wondered who Mt. Kendrick and our Kendrick Street was named for? Come and meet the man and join us for his retirement party from his Military Career with the US Army.

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April 12, 2017   10am - Noon

"Hell Bent for Resurrection: A Hike through Tubac's Many Layers"

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a new program of History Hikes to take advantage of the great outdoors and our amazingly rich cultural heritage.

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February 13, 2017   11am - 2pm

Frontier Printing Press Demonstration

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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April 14, 2017   7pm

"Arizona Kicks on Route 66" presented by Marshall Shore

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

April 15, 2017   10am

Hopi Pottery Talks

Homolovi State Park

Join Park Ranger and Hopi potter Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery.

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April 15, 2017   1:30pm

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller takes visitors through the park touring plants that are found in the Sinai Desert. A leisurely 90-minute tour that is wheelchair accessible.

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April 15, 2017   6:30pm

Third Saturday Concerts: New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy

Catalina State Park

The third Saturday of temperate months, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Join Mike Moutoux, New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy, for our Third Saturday Concert in Catalina State Park.

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April 15, 2017   2:30pm

Birds of Prey

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

April 15, 2017   7pm

"Ballad of Arizona: Our 500 Years" presented by J. Cravath

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

April 15, 2017   10am

Ranger-Led Hike on the Windmill Loop Trail

Oracle State Park

This four-mile roundtrip hike will include a shuttle to the backcountry trailhead within the park. Explore trails and spring wildflowers in the lower elevation northeastern section of the old Kannally ranch, and visit an old homestead site.

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April 16, 2017   1pm

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock

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 and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites.

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April 18, 2017   11am - Noon

Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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April 21, 2017   8:30am

Friday Bird Walk with Lisa and Peggy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens here every week.

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April 22, 2017   9am

Petroglyph Tour at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Take a tour of Homolovi's petroglyph sites on this adventurous outdoor hike. Visitors will need their own vehicle to reach the petroglyph site, and plenty of water for this 3-hour tour.

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April 22, 2017   1:30pm

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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April 22, 2017   8am

Bird Walk at Dankworth Pond

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy a a brisk walk through Roper Lake's sister park Dankworth Pond learning about native and seasonal birds. Follow volunteer Jeff Coker as he imparts his 18 years of birding experience.

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April 22-23, 2017

Family Campout

River Island State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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April 22, 2017

Bat Day

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us on Earth Day for Kartchner Caverns State Park's annual celebration of its most well known seasonal residents.

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April 22, 2017   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of ghostly nebulae, star clusters, the moon's cratered landscapes, and Venus' crescent phases.

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April 22, 2017   10am - 3pm

Earth Day Celebration at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

You're invited to celebrate Earth Day at Red Rock State Park! Join us to reflect on our planet and demonstrate support for environmental education and low impact recreation.

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April 23, 2017   8:30am

Guided Bird Walk with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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April 23, 2017   1pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona

Red Rock State Park

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

LEARN MORE

April 23, 2017   9am - Noon

"Park Rx Day": Park-to-Park Hike

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Get outside to hike, explore, and be with friends. Hike the length of the Anza Trail between Tumacácori and Tubac to earn your “I Hike for Health” pin!

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April 27

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Take an exciting hike through the world of birds. Celebrate nature with workshops and field trips with expert guides to the area's birding hot spots.

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April 27, 2017   10am

Home Schoolers "Edible Desert Plants" Activity

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Tour guide Jim Shepherd leads a morning exploring the Arboretum’s  popular module “Edible-Medicinal Desert Plants”. Pre-registration is required.

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April 29, 2017   9am

Petrified Wood Walk

Homolovi State Park

Tour Homolovi State Park's small petrified forest exploring the park's paleontological history. Learn all about petrification and the ecology of the Triassic period in Arizona.

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April 29-30, 2017

Family Campout

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017   10am - Sunset

Solar Potluck

Catalina State Park

Taste foods cooked using the raw power of the sun while learning more about this alternative energy source at Catalina State Park's exhibition and potluck.

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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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May 6, 2017   6:30pm

First Saturday Concerts: Nancy Elliot

Catalina State Park

The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Join Catalina State Park in welcoming Nancy Elliot for the First Saturday Concert.

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May 10, 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.

LEARN MORE

May 10 - 11, 2017

The Verde River: State of the Watershed Conference

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

This conference is held to bring together the broad network of stakeholders who have a vested interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed. Learn about the environmental, social and economic contributions that the Verde makes to the region and the state during conference sessions.

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May 10 - 11, 2017

The Verde River: State of the Watershed Conference

Verde River Greenway State Natural Area

This conference is held to bring together the broad network of stakeholders who have a vested interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed. Learn about the environmental, social and economic contributions that the Verde makes to the region and the state during conference sessions.

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May 13-14, 2017

Family Campout

Roper Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping.

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May 14, 2017   1pm

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet.

LEARN MORE

May 14, 2017   2pm - 4pm

Second Sunday Special Tour: Mother's Day Tour and Tea

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Step back to 1904 with a guided tour of the Riordan Mansion featuring the Riordan ladies and their stories. Following the tour will be a time period inspired afternoon tea on the veranda. Dress in your finest Victorian or Edwardian attire.

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May 20, 2017   9:00am - 4:00pm

Mariachi Festival 2017

Patagonia Lake State Park

Come and celebrate mariachi music, heritage, food, and culture at Patagonia Lake's signature event. Take a dip in the swimming area and lay out on our white sand beach between performances.

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May 20 - 21   9am - 3pm

Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour 2017

Jerome State Historic Park

Want to make the most out of your visit to Jerome State Historic Park? The longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never before seen Historic and Significant homes in this Guided Tour through the mile high town’s back streets.

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May 20, 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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May 21, 2017   1pm

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock

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 and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites.

LEARN MORE

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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May 28, 2017   1pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona

Red Rock State Park

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

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June 2 - 4, 2017   5am - 5pm

Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival 2017

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

TriSports Racing is pleased to present the 14th Annual Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival! The Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival will consist of four races. To register for the race, visit deuceswildtriathlon.com. Attending other race-related events is free with park admission.

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June 3

Verde Valley Fishing Day Fun 2017

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Join Arizona State Parks & Trails and Game & Fish for a fun-filled, family-friendly full day of fishing. Bait and poles available, or bring your own.

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June 3, 2017   7am

Yarnell Memorial Run 2017

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

On June 7, 2014, the first Yarnell Memorial Run was held in Memory of the Hot Shot Crew to raise funds to support the work of local firefighters. The Yarnell Memorial Run has grown, giving runners and walkers four different options including a 5k, 10k, 19k and family/child friendly Fun Run & Walk.

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June 3, 2017   7pm

First Saturday Concerts: Annon and the Late Show

Catalina State Park

The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Annan and the Late Show will be sharing smooth rhythm and blues with a soulful Latin flare.

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June 9, 2017   6:15pm

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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June 17, 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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July 1, 2017   6:30pm

Jimmy and the Jitterbugs

Catalina State Park

The first Saturday of every month, enjoy the music in the park with the Santa Catalina Mountains as the backdrop. Jimmy and the Jitterbugs will perform smooth oldies.

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July 8, 2017   6:30pm

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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July 15, 2017   10am - 4pm

Corn Fest at Fort Verde! Vintage Baseball and Ancient Native Technology Display

Fort Verde State Historic Park

It's Corn Fest at Camp Verde! Come celebrate the town's signature summer event with a vintage baseball game and a presentation of ancient Native technology.

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July 15, 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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September 30, 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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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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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 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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November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day Celebration

McFarland State Historic Park

Honor our veterans past, present, and historic at McFarland State Historic Park's Veteran's Day Celebration. Military reenactors from the Revolution to today display the history of our country's armed forces.

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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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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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Ongoing Programs

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 in March   1pm

Weekend Wildflower Walks in March

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

State Parks volunteers guide our popular Weekend Wildflower Walks – join either day for a chance to see, photograph and learn about Arroyo Lupine above Ayer Lake, Desert Wishbone along the Switchbacks, Wild Cucumber along Queen Creek - and a dozen other ephemeral flowers here at BTA.

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Sundays in March   7:00 am

Sunday Morning Hikes

Catalina State Park

Come and explore the trails of Catalina State Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains on one of our Sunday morning hikes through park. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

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Every Tuesday   2pm

Weekly Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Bring a bowl and a spoon to Buckskin Mountain State Park for their weekly ice cream social. Get to know your park and the great staff who keep it running. Show your appreciation with a $1 donation per bowl of ice cream.

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Every Saturday through March   9am

Guided Nature Walks

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Take a guided nature walk through the park with our rangers and volunteers. Learn about the local wildlife, ecology, and more about the Colorado River while getting in some good exercise.

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Ongoing

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park

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

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Ongoing   Seasonal

Daily Naturalist Hike

Red Rock State Park

Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life.

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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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Sundays in March   7:30am

Sunday Guided Bird Walk

Catalina State Park

Join bird guide Max on a walk through the park learning about native and wintering birds in the park. Bring binoculars, a bird book, plenty of water, and comfortable shoes.

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Every Friday through March   7pm

Campfire Fridays

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Bring a chair, a flashlight, a musical instrument or your favorite story and share it with the rest of the park's guests around an open campfire. Be prepared to have fun!

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Every day in March   11:00 am

Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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Every Day in March   8am - 5pm

Mary Isham Watercolor Exhibit

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

All month Boyce Thompson Arboretum will exhibit the works of painter and fabric artist Mary Isham. Come see her work which celebrates color in all flora and fauna.

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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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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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