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. Check out latest bird sightings below.
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks
8am. Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks, 8:00 A.M.
Bird walks begin at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Please meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. 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. 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 NOTE NEXT MONTH - JUNE BIRD HIKES START AT 7am.)
(Yearly Bird Hike Times: 9am. Dec. Jan. Feb., 8am. Mar. Apr. May Sept. Oct. Nov., 7am. Jun. July Aug.)
Park Event Calendar
Saturday May 21: Full Moon Hike
6pm. The Full Moon 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. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival ($7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7 - 13), and free for children (0 - 6)). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight.
Sunday, May 22: Ethnobotany Hike
1pm. Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest 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 2-2 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 with Jim in the Visitor Center a little before 1pm.
Saturday, May 28: Monarch Conservation Day
Come enjoy our newly unveiled butterfly garden that 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. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11am. and 2pm. In the park's theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park's hiking trails. So come and enjoy the gardens and learn about Monarch conservation efforts on May 28th.
Sunday Lecture - June 5: "Why Dark Skies Matter" with Dr. Matthew Goodwin Ph.D.
1pm. 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 with 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.
Daily Guided Nature Walks & Activities
10am. 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.
(PLEASE NOTE NEXT MONTH - JUNE DAILY GUIDED HIKES START AT 9am.)
(Yearly Guided Hike Times: 10:00 A.M. Sep. through May, 9:00 A.M. June through August)
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.
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.
In February, 2016, Rangers reported 142 unique sightings of birds at Red Rock SP!
February Bird Sighting Report ( 79 KB PDF)
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge