Popular Hikes at Red Rock State Park & Other Events in April
April 8, 2016
PHOENIX - Join us at Red Rock State Park in April 2016 for spring in Sedona! There will be a talk on migratory habits of the many birds of North America as well as three popular hikes – Ethnobotany, Moonlight and Archaeology Hikes!
An Amazing Journey Lecture with Dena Greenwood on Sunday, April 17 at 11 a.m.: Of the more than 650 bird species that nest in North America, 75% engage in some kind of migration. Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Dena Greenwood, bird biologist/naturalist, will discuss all these and many more questions about migration. Dena Greenwood received her graduate degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in ornithology, botany and geology. She has worked for Arizona State Parks and conducted bird research for Colorado Plateau Research Station, National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat (928) 282-6907.
Archaeology Hike on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m.: Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in Red Rock State Park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites and explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Hikes are included with park entrance fees.
Moonlight Hike on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.: The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the 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. The hike lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights). Bring water and a flashlight.
Ethnobotany Hike on Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m.: Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2 to 2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Meet up with Jim in the Visitor Center a little before 1 p.m.
Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., bird enthusiasts will join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginning and advanced birders. Bring your own binoculars and see how many different types you can spot. (Limited number of loaners available.) Visitors will see a wide variety from the more than 30 species of birds that make the park their home. The Hummingbird Patio or visitor center roof are excellent spots to start your tour. Most year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field behind the visitor center. The Audubon Society has designated Red Rock State Park as an Important Birding Area because of the many species who live or visit here.
Nature Walk: Daily at 10 a.m., a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk and informs visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on the walk include: plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology. The walk is a learning experience allowing participants to take part in question and answer sessions.
The cost is Red Rock State Park’s Entrance Fee of $7 per person for those aged 14 and up, $4 for children aged 7 to 13 and free for children 6 and younger. An additional fee is charged where noted. For more information Red Rock State Park call (928) 282-6907 or visit AZStateParks.com. Red Rock State Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.
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