Location

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Elevation 3,900 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 282-6907
Red Rock SP
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 5 miles

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Park's Speed Code: 4234#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $5.00
Youth (7–13): $3.00
Child (0–6): FREE

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Benefactors of Red Rock State Park

Benefactors of Red Rock State Park, a charitable organization

WEATHER UPDATE - 3-2-15

Please use caution while hiking in the Park. Recent rains have damaged bridges across the creek and made some trail areas inaccessible. Please check with the Ranger before starting your hike.

Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm. Last entry at 4:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open 9 am – 4:30 pm 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. Check out our latest Bird sightings HERE


Family Campout Program

May 2 & 3, 2015

Family Campout ProgramFamily Campout ProgramFamily Campout ProgramThe Spring & Summer 2015 Family Campout Program is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! Take a one weekend introductory adventure at one of 8 Arizona State Parks. Learn more about the program and see a list of other participating parks. Registration will open in January 2015


MARCH EVENTS

Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona - Monday-Saturday

2:00 PM. Throughout the month of March Red Rock State Park will be playing the Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona program at 2:00 P.M. Monday-Saturday in the park’s theatre. The program will cover the fascinating prehistory of the people who first settled in the area over 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how the culture flourished, their structures, and artifacts. View breathtaking shots of Sunset Crater, the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and amazing dwellings including Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, and Tuzigoot.

Mar. 1: Lecture Series: Native American Astronomical Practices

2:00 PM. On Sunday, March 1st Kenneth Zoll will be joining us to talk about the Native American astronomical practices throughout history. The ability to predict seasons was essential for Native Americans in order manage environmental changes, which was vital for survival. Seasonal calendars were the foundation for early cultures for hunting, gathering, planting, harvesting, celebrating, and worshipping. Join us to learn about how the early sky watchers developed systems to synchronize their calendars around celestial events. Kenneth will describe the diverse ways in which prehistoric Native American cultures integrated the stars and their annual events.

Kenneth is an archeology enthusiast, to say the least. He’s currently the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, a site steward with the Arizona State Historical Preservation Office, an a volunteer docent at many cultural heritage sites for the Coconino National Forest. Kenneth is also a certified instructor in cultural astronomy with the Arizona Archeological Society and has written many popular books on cultural astronomy and rock art in Central Arizona.

The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

Please visit www.arizonahumanitiescouncil.org for more information. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Mar. 8: Geology Hike Sunday

1:00 PM. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is over 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. Our monthly-guided geology walk will be held on March 8th at 1:00 P.M. Join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

Mar. 8: Lecture Series: Prehistoric Trade in the Southwest

2:00 PM. Trade has been and always will be a major component to human interactions, whether it be on an individual level or an entire culture. In the Southwest evidence of trade for marine shells from the Pacific Coast are found in Clovis sites dating to 11,000 years ago.  Through time, the involvement of prehistoric people in trade increased until exchange networks extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande and from Yellowstone to central Mexico. 

This lecture will show the kinds of items that were traded from these areas into the Southwest and will discuss that it was not only the exchange of objects, but the ideas that accompanied them, that makes trade an important stimulus for the growth and development of culture. Join Red Rock State Park on Sunday, March 8th to learn more about the prehistoric trade in the Southwest with Peter Pilles.

Peter J. Pilles Jr. currently works for the United States Forest Service as the Coconino National Forest Archeologist. He is one of the leading archeologist in the southwest, having worked in the region for over 40 years. After graduating from Arizona State University in Tempe, Pilles worked on several projects for Arizona State University, the Arizona Museum, and the Pueblo Grande Museum amongst others. Soon after, Peter Pilles joined the staff of the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1967. In 1975, Peter Pilles moved on to join the staff at the Coconino National Forest where he now heads Elden Pueblo Archaeological Project at the Coconino National Forest. Pilles holds many awards including National Trust Historic Preservation Award, the Achievement in Historic Preservation Award, the United States Department of Agriculture's Award for intergrating Archaeology and Public Involvement as well as the Windows of the Past National Award from the US Forest Service.

The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead for reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

Mar. 14: Family Archaeology Day-Saturday

10:00AM.-12:00PM. Looking for something to do with the whole family that’s not just educational, but fun? Red Rock State Park’s Connections Program will be hosting a Family Archaeology Program on Saturday, March 14th. The program will run from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and will consist of two different educational activities. One activity will focus on the science of archeology with a hands on excavation experience in the park’s interpretive ‘dig site’, while the other group will hit the trails for an anthropologically focused educational hike.

The Connection Program is Red Rock State Park’s environmental education program for young learners. Program activities are based on such resources as Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project Learning Tree, Arizona WET, GEMS, and many others. The Connection Program has been developed for students from first through twelfth grade in order to provide field activities in a natural environment.

There is an age limit of 7 years old with an adult for this program. Space is limited, please call ahead for reserve your space; the program is included within the Park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

March 28: Watercolor Workshop: Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Watercolor painting10:00 am 3:00 pm. Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-providing instruction and techniques with a theme each month. Our March theme will be Hummingbirds.
 
Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. “Teaching is simply my best learning tool and I hope to bring others along as I learn”, says Stedman. She has taken classes from several well-known artists including Frank Web, John Salminen, and Gretchen Lopez.
 
This workshop will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am-3:00 P.M. within our Hummingbird Room. Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes park admission, instruction, and all supplies or $40.00 with your own supplies. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.


Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day Photo Gallery

See photo wrap-up gallery from this event


Red Rock State Park Photo
Hiking at Red Rock State Park offers magnificent views of the Sedona area.

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.

On-Going Events

Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am

At 10 am daily, you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours.  You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology.

Daily Activity at 2 pm

At 2 pm daily, the Park hosts either a guest speaker or a ranger/naturalist-led activity of approximately 45 minutes each day. Programs could be indoors or outside, and may include a nature hike, a special presentation, or an educational/nature video.

Best OfWednesday & Saturday Bird Walks at 9 am

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 9 am, bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. Download Printable Bird List (PDF Document 896 KB PDF) No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.  Hummingbirds are almost always there to take advantage of the feeders!  Another good viewing point is the visitor center roof. Most of the year-round birds are found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field that is behind the visitor center.  While visitors hike the trails, they will see many birds who call the Park "home. See current sightings below

Self-Guided Hikes

If you prefer to explore on your own, or are not available for scheduled activities, the 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.  Detail information is available at the Visitor Center. Bikes and horses are allowed on designated routes. Download Printable Park Map & Brochure (PDF Document 855 KB PDF)

Best OfLime Kiln Trail Wins Award!

The votes are in! The Lime Kiln Trail connecting Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Red Rock State Park won the 2012 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Bike Ride! For the sixth year, AZCentral.com experts have picked their favorite people, places, businesses, and things to do! Learn more about the trail.

 

 

Video Presentation

Daily, upon request. The park's movie theater shows “The Natural Wonders of Sedona-Timeless Beauty”. The movie reveals why USA Weekend voted Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon “the most Beautiful Place in America”.

Bird Sightings, 2/8 - 2/15, 2015

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Photos by: Peggy James

Cooper's Hawk
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Western Scrub Jay
Common Raven
Bridled Titmouse
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Bewick's Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Abert's Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

On February 15, 2015, Ranger Halley reports that 22 different species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!


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