New Butterfly Garden Unveiled & Other Hikes at Red Rock State Park in May

May 12, 2016

May 2016 at Red Rock State Park is here and summer is just around the corner! A new butterfly garden and conservation area will be unveiled this month including a new fountain and many new plants. Along with that there will be a Monarch Conservation Day on May 28, 2016. Our second Full Moon Hike of the year will occur on the evening of May 21, 2016. This is the perfect month to take one or more of the Sunday specialty hikes!

Full Moon Hike on Thursday, May 21 at 6 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 ensure participation. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights). Bring water and a flashlight.

Ethnobotany Hike on Sunday, May 22 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 Charestashe 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 2½ hours with an elevationgain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Meet up with Jim in the Visitor Center a little before 1 p.m.

Monarch Conservation Day on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:A newly unveiled butterfly garden has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies. As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information visit AZStateParks.com/parks/RERO.

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.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-(877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Social Media. 

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