August at Red Rock State Park Features the Popular Full Moon Hike and Star Party

August 9, 2016

PHOENIX - As summer winds down, it's not too late to get out the house and into the park in August 2016 at Red Rock State Park. Stop by for the popular Full Moon Hike on August 18, Star Party on August 27, one of our daily bird walks or nature walk, or explore on your own. 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. Make reservations at (928) 282-6907.

Full Moon Hike on Thursday, August 18 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. 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. A $5 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival.

STAR Party with Astronomers of the Verde Valley on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Come out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The STAR Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky through the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. A $5reservationfeeisrequiredaswellasanentry fee upon arrival.

Bird Watching: On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 7 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 9 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.

WHAT: Events at Red Rock State Park

WHERE: Red Rock State Park - Located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona.

WHEN: Throughout the Month of August 2016. Find out more by calling (928) 282-6907 or visit AZStateParks.com.

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com

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