Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8am. – 5pm. Last entry at 4:30pm. The Visitor Center is open 9am. – 4:30pm. daily. The mission of the park is to preserve the riparian habitat associated with Oak Creek; to serve as an environmental education facility; and to provide limited passive recreational opportunities.
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Sunday Lecture Series: Why Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin, October 23rd
11am. Why should we turn out the lights and enjoy the darkness? Why is it important that we protect our nighttime views of the sky? Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. In this talk we will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky using our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe. Dr. Matthew Goodwin is senior lecturer at Northern Arizona University’s Department of Philosophy, a facilitator for Philosophy in the Public Interest, an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar, and co-owner of Sedona Philosophy Experience—an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees but seating is limited so call the park to reserve your spot, (928) 282-6907.
Sunday, October 23: Ethnobotany Hike
1pm. Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Our 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 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. The hike is included with your entrance fee. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Meet up at the Visitor Center a little before 1pm.
Saturday, November 5: 25th Anniversary Celebration
10am.– 3pm. Red Rock State Park will be celebrating 25 years as part of Arizona State Parks on November 5th. There will be location environmentally themed information and vendor booths, a food truck, activities for kids, live birds of prey, live music, and lots more. More detailed information about booths and activities at the event will be available in October. So save the date and plan to join us for a fun day!
November 20: Sunday Lecture Series: Thinking About Global Warming in Arizona with Dr. Matthew Goodwin
11am. What is known or unknown about global warming? What are the levels of certainty and uncertainty in the science? How do we identify good and bad information about global warming? In this lecture we will talk about 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, an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This lecture is included with park entrance fees but seating is limited so call in advance to reserve a spot. To make reservations please call (928) 282-6907.
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks
8am. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. 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 (IBA) because of the many species that live or visit here. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. If birding on your own, the Hummingbird Patio is an excellent spot to start your tour. Another good viewing point is the Visitor Center roof.
Bird Walk Times: 9am. December - February, 8am. March – May & September - November, 7am. June - August
Useful Bird Watcher Resources:
March Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) | April Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) | May Bird Sightings ( 65 KB PDF) | June Bird Sightings ( 64 KB PDF) July Bird Sightings ( 49 KB PDF) Aug. Bird Sightings ( 52 KB PDF) Sept. Bird Sightings ( 53 KB PDF) Top 30 Bird Sightings ( 193 KB PDF) Birds Seen in 2015 ( 46 KB PDF)
Daily Guided Nature Walks
10am. Daily Guided Nature Walks 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, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Hikes are included with park entrance fees. Daily Guided Hike Times: 10am. September – May, 9am. June – August.
“This walk is one of the best ways to learn about the Sedona landscape and have fun doing it!!!”
IThe family-oriented trail system is well marked for your safety and pleasure. Five miles of trails consist of interconnecting loops, leading you to red rock vistas or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek. The Eagle's Nest and Apache Fire Loops are joined together by the Coyote Ridge Trail. Eagle's Nest is the highest point in the park with an elevation gain of 300 feet. The three major loops are connected along the riparian corridor by the Kisva Trail, which also leads to the short loop of the Yavapai Ridge Trail. The Javelina Trail takes you into the pinon/juniper woodlands and back to the other loops. Detailed information is available at the Visitor Center. Bikes and horses are allowed on designated routes. Download Printable Park Map & Brochure ( 855 KB PDF)
The parks large movie theater plays the popular video - "The Natural Wonders of Sedona", narrated by local voice-over artist John Conway. It features aerial explorations of ancient Indian ruins and dramatic landscapes, colorful desert wildflowers, and local wildlife. Also playing in the theater is the documentary “Loved To Death” produced by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and funded by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This film documents the wonderful efforts of the Oak Creek Ambassadors Program to educate the general public about the extreme environmental importance of our natural waterways and their valiant efforts to keep Oak Creek clean.
Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.
Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are a number of daily and weekly park events. (see below or ask at Visitor Center)
Park facilities include a visitors center, classroom, theater, gift shop, picnic tables, 10 developed trails, restrooms, and group area with Ramada and facilities. The restrooms are handicapped accessible. Camping facilities are not available at this park. The property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The land was at one time part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye.
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