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64 Scheduled Events

09/21, 10/05, 10/19, 11/02, 11/16, 12/7, and 12/21   6:30 a.m. in Sept., 8:30 a.m. all other dates

Friday Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join guide Lisa Murphy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum! This is a great way to get into birding, sharpen your skills and get some exercise. Beginners are always encouraged and welcome.

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September 22, 2018   8:00am to 5:00pm

Museum Day Live with the Smithsonian

Homolovi State Park

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

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Saturday, 9/22 to Saturday, 11/17   10:00 a.m.

Digital Photographers Monthly Meet-Up

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how to process and enhance digital images, review photos with a group, and discuss the art and science of digital imaging.

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September 22   7:00-9:00 p.m.

Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains under the light of the full moon! This popular hike showcases the park and the beautiful Arizona sky.

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September 22, October 20, November 24, December 22   4:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns Photo Tours!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

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9/22, 10/07, and 10/27   9:00 a.m. (9:30 a.m. on 10/27)

Butterfly Guided Walks at the Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about native Arizona butterfly species from your guide, Adriane Grimaldi. During this slow paced walk, visitors will have a chance to photograph numerous beautifully colored butterfly species in several of the on site gardens.

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September 22, 2018   7:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Festival of Science: Evening Lecture - The 1935 Fairchild Aerial Surveys of Lower Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Learn about a little-know research project that photographed the area now covered by Lake Mead at this free event. A special presentation from the Grand Canyon Historical Society.

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September 22, 2018   8:30 a.m.

General Guided Tour of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden and point out colorful plants and birds during guided nature walks.

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9/23, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21 and more   8:30 a.m. in Sep., 10:00 a.m. in Oct.

Sunday Guided Tours at the Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden and point out colorful plants and birds during guided nature walks.

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September 23, 2018   6:00 a.m.

Bye-Bye Buzzards

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Join ASU Professor Dave Pearson for a morning observing the big, black birds. Events are included with adult admission. Arrive early for the 7am special Vulture Viewing Saturday to observe our famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies

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Sunday, September 23, 2018   8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Monarch Migration through Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join the Southwest Monarch Study for an exciting morning of butterfly netting and tagging along Sedona's beautiful Oak Creek!

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September 23, 2018   7:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Festival of Science: Evening Lecture - Climate Change Solutions Panel

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

An exploration of a huge environmental challenge involving an interdisciplinary body of scientific knowledge at this free event.

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September 24, 2018 and October 23, 2018   September 24- 5:00 p.m. | October 23- 4:30 p.m.

Sedona: Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide.

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Sept. 25 - Oct. 23, 2018   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Volunteer Training at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Volunteers wanted! Join the friendly volunteers, site hosts and park staff at Red Rock State Park when they hold their annual volunteer training program.

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September 29, 2018   9:00 am - 3:00 p.m.

Verde River Day 2018

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Celebrate all things outdoors while learning about the dynamic ecology of the Verde River. All day events and activities for the whole family! This event is free!

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September 29, 2018   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fall Fest 2018

Slide Rock State Park

Fall is on its way, and it’s time to celebrate the changing seasons at Slide Rock State Park! Join us for the 11th annual Fall Festival on September 29, 2018. Juicy apples, colored leaves, and cooler temperatures will have the whole family enjoying the transition to autumn!

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September 29, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Learn Your Arizona Lizards Guided Tour with Phil Rakoci

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about lizards of the Sonoran Desert during a 90-minute hike through the arboretum.

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September 29   5:30 p.m.

Southern Arizona Hiking: Sunset Hike Series

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Enjoy beautiful views of the San Pedro River Valley and Whetstone Mountains during this 2.4 mile moderate trail experience.

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September 29, 2018   7:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Festival of Science: Evening Lecture - Astronaut Training in the Grand Canyon

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

What does an astronaut do to prepare for landing on the moon? Learn about the different forms of geology they may encounter at this free event! Relive the journey astronauts took to the Grand Canyon to prepare for their historic adventure into space.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018   2 p.m.

Colonel's Daughter

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for a set of spurs and the title of "Colonel's Daughter," inspired by the 1882 novel by Capt. Charles E. King.

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September 30; October 7, 14, 20, 27; November 4, 2018   10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Homolovi IV Fall Tours

Homolovi State Park

Join a Ranger for a tour of Homolovi IV, one the park's archaeological sites that is normally closed to the public.  This pueblos consisted of approximately 200 stone masonry rooms built in a step-wise fashion down the sides of a small butte on the west bank of the Little Colorado River.  It was occupied for a short time in the mid 1200s.  

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October 5, 2018   9:00 am

Arboretum Book Club Friday – ‘Letters from Wupatki’ by Courtney Jones

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

When David and Courtney Reeder Jones moved into two rooms reached by ladder in a northern Arizona Indian ruin, they had been married only two weeks. The year was 1938, and the newlyweds had come to Wupatki National Monument as full-time National Park Service caretakers for the ruin. Courtney's letters to her family and friends reflect all the charm of the earlier time as they convey the sense of rapid transition that came after the war.

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Friday, October 5   6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Desert Sky Gazers at Roper Lake State Park

Roper Lake State Park

It's a star party at Roper Lake State Park! Learn about the wonders of the night sky while looking at planets and constellations through high-powered telescopes.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018   9:00 a.m.

Hike the Peak on Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak State Park

Join a park volunteer guide on the Hunter Trail and enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Picacho Peak. This is a challenging hike that involves steep switchbacks, rock scrambles, climbing up several cableways and an elevation change of 1,600 feet.

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October 6, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

10/06, 10/14, and 10/20   8:30 a.m.

Guided Bird Walks

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills! Beginners are always welcome at this exciting event.

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October 6, 2018   5:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy

Catalina State Park

Join Mike Moutoux, a cowboy singer-songwriter and cowboy poet from Silver City, New Mexico, at Catalina State Park!

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October 6 & 7, 2018   10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tombstone Wine Celebration

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

You are invited to the first official wine tasting event at the Tombstone Wine Celebration. This provides an opportunity to sample and enjoy treats and live music.

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October 7, 2018   9:00am

Butterfly Walk with Gail Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Butterfly researcher Gail Morris coordinates the Southwest Monarch Migration Study and guides a special Sunday walk through the gardens, a slow-paced tour where you can see, photograph, and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Spring Azure, and more.

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October 12, 2018   8:00am - 5:00pm

Fall Plant Sale – Members Only Preview Friday

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 13 thru 28, 2018   8:00am - 5:00pm

Fall Plant Sale

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum's Fall Plant Sale is a wonderful opportunity to take one of our exotic plants home with you! Volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program will be present to advise and assist buyers with suggestions for trees and smaller plants ideal for a wide range of landscaping projects.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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October 13, 2018   6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Star Party at Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

Come to Catalina State Park for our next Star Party on Saturday.  Imagine what you will see in the skies looking through 10 big telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association! 

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October 13 and 14, 2018   Saturday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.

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October 13   2:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Kartchner Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us at this award winning venue October 13! The International Dark Sky Association has deemed Kartchner Caverns State Park worthy of special designation, be amazed at what you're seeing!

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October 13, 2018   1:30 pm

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk with Jim Shepherd

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Have you tasted the sweet flour that can be ground from mesquite pods? Desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd guides a one-hour walk on the first Saturday of each month this summer with a chance to taste a few ‘desert edible’ samples.

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

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Our monthly-guided geology hike will be held at 1:00 PM. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today.

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October 14, 2018   9:00 am

Photography for Beginners-Informal Workshop & Outdoor Shoot

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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

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October 14, 2018   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Citizen's Cemetery Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Take a cemetery tour and listen to stories from the past from "Headstone Hosts" ready to share Flagstaff's local history from its... previous residents.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018   10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Geology Tour at Tonto Natural Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Join us at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to discuss geology and climate and their impacts on the cultural history of the park. The tour will include Goodfellow Lodge, a walk to the springs, a hike on the waterfall trail, and visiting viewpoints along the way.

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October 19, 2018   3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beyond Color and Shape Bird Guide with Kathe Anderson

Oracle State Park

How do some guides immediately know a bird by seeing only a fleeting glimpse or a silhouette? For a peek into the world of bird identification, come to an interactive class, including an on-site field trip!

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Saturday, October 20, 2018   10 a.m.

Beginner Guided Hike

Picacho Peak State Park

Learn a little about hiking safety and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. Elevation gain 300 feet. 1.5 miles round-trip, about 1.5 hours.

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October 20, 2018   1:30 pm

Plants of the Bible Lands Lecture: Agriculture in Ancient Israel with David Oberpillar

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

David Oberpriller has guided popular “Plants of the Bible Lands" walks around the Arboretum for more than a decade, pointing out plants mentioned in the Bible that can grow and thrive here in AZ, while sharing anecdotes from scripture.

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October 20, 2018   7:00 a.m.

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Join Kathe Anderson, resident birding expert, on an early morning stroll through Oracle State Park in search of the various bird species that call this beautiful place home.

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

Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Come and hear the fascinating story of the Native American Sinagua culture, pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in Red Rock State Park.

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October 26, 27 and 30   7:00 pm., 8:00 pm., 9:00 pm. each night

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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Friday, October 26, 2018   5-7 p.m.

Halloween Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us at Kartchner Caverns for some Halloween fun! Come for the fun and stay to learn about everyone's favorite Halloween animal - the bat! Don't forget to dress up. This event will support the Benson Food Bank.

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October 26 - 27, 2018   4:00 p.m.

Flagstaff Special Afternoon Hallo-Tween Tours!

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Hear some local tales and learn about the history of Halloween on this special tour for tweens! Tours are for ages eight and older.

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4th Sunday of the month, October to May   1:00pm

Ethnobotany of Sedona Guided Hike

Red Rock State Park

Learn more about the native plants of Sedona and how they're interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, wildlife, and even modern society.

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October 28, 2018   1:30 pm

Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk with David Morris

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn how food and medicine can be made from mesquite pods, prickly pear cactus fruits, and even the cactus pads on a walking tour where you’ll see towering stalks of native Agave chrysantha, a source of agave nectar.

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November 2018

Civil War in the Southwest

Picacho Peak State Park

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

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November 3, 2018   Sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

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

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November 3, 2018   4:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Way Out West

Catalina State Park

Join Catalina State Park on November 3rd for cowboy and Western tunes brought to you by the band Way Out West!

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November 10   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2018

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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Saturday, November 10, 2018   11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10th Annual Walkin' on Main

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

The Verde Valley celebrates Historic 89A with the 10th Annual "Walkin' on Main" on November 10th, 2018. Art exhibits, retail vendors, and interactive displays will accompany the charming galleries, shops, and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood.

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November 11, 2018   2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Learn about the town site of Milton on a guided 90 minute walk from Riordan Mansion to the Arizona Lumber and Timber company property.

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November 14, 2018   7:00pm

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

Homolovi State Park

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

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November 16-18, 2018   9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

7th Annual Sand,Water, RV Expo

Lake Havasu State Park

The 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo captures the spirit and passion of these complementary outdoor recreation activities, providing motivated consumers the opportunity to browse, compare, and shop for the latest and greatest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, mobility scooters, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, fifth wheels, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, camping/hunting equipment and all related accessory recreational products and services.

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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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November 17, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018   6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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Saturday, February 9, 2018   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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Saturday, June 1, 2019   8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Star Party at Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Lost Dutchman State Park for a star party, where you can view galactic phenomena through sophisticated telescopes!

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October 19, 2019

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

Daily   10:00 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park

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

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Every Wednesday and Saturday   8:00 a.m.

Bi-Weekly Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginners and advanced birders.

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Sundays in September   6:00 a.m.

Sunday Guided Hikes in September

Catalina State Park

Explore the beauty of the Catalina foothills in southern Arizona on a beautiful Sunday morning guided hike. These 6-mile hikes will take you through the park and beyond!

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Ongoing Daily

Self-guided tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Visit the park office/gift-shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home.

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Saturdays and Sundays   11:00 a.m.

Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Drop in for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about 45-minutes and include a ton of interesting information about this historic family and their time in Oracle.

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