Red Rock State Park Celebrates 25 Years as a State Park in November

October 25, 2016

PHOENIX - Come out to Red Rock State Park in November 2016 as the park celebrates 25 years as a member of the Arizona State Parks system on Saturday, November 5, 2016. November will also feature a geology hike, an archaeology hike, an ethnobotany hike and daily guided hikes. In addition, Dr. Matthew Goodwin will be at the park leading a discussion on "Why Dark Skies Matter." 

Find out more at or call (928) 282-6907. The cost for hikes is the $7 per person park entry fee. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear for hikes. On November 5, there will be a reduced entry fee!

25th Anniversary Celebration - Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: To celebrate turning 25, Red Rock State Park will have family fun with environmentally themed information and vendor booths, a food truck, live birds of prey and live music. For the kiddos, the park rangers will be hosting a booth with educational crafts, games and activities. There will also be guided hikes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and Noon. The Benefactors of Red Rock State Park will also be on hand to describe fundraising efforts for restoring the historic House of Apache Fires located on the park. Entry fees will be reduced to $2 per person for this special event.

Geology Hike on Sunday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how the beautiful red rock formations developed over long periods of time. This hike is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker that lasts between 2 to 2 1/2 hours and has an elevation gain of 250 feet.

Archaeology Hike on Sunday, November 13 at 1 p.m.: Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. 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. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails.

Ethnobotany Hike on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m.: A volunteer naturalist will explain 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.

Lecture - Thinking about Global Warming in Arizona with Dr. Matthew Goodwin on Sunday, November 20 at 11 a.m.: In this lecture Dr. Goodwin will discuss how philosophy can help us think about global warming.Dr. Matthew Goodwin is a Senior Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX). A reservation is required by calling (928) 282-6907.

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. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the Visitor Center. If birding on your own, the Hummingbird Patio with bird feeding stations is an excellent spot to start your tour.

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.

WHAT: Events at Red Rock State Park including the 25th Anniversary Celebration

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

WHEN: Throughout the month of November 2016. Find out more by calling (928) 282-6907 or visit


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