TRAILS UPDATE - 4-13-15
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
The 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.
APRIL EVENTS: Download the April Calendar of great events HERE
Sunday, April 19:
Loved To Death – The story of Oak Creek
2:00 pm. Oak Creek is internationally recognized for its outdoor beauty. Many visitors seem to forget that with this natural beauty comes responsibility. The Oak Creek Ambassadors have taken it upon themselves to address this issue through organized clean ups and public education. Their efforts have been chronicled in an informational documentary, titled Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek. The documentary exemplifies the overall goal of the ambassador program, which is to educate the public about their impact on the environment. Working in partnership with the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), the ambassadors aim to help preserve and protect our region’s natural beauty. The program has reached “thousands of visitors who recreate in the watershed,” according to the regional director of AZCC, Allison Laramee. 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.
Sunday, May 3:
6:00pm. 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. 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 ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 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 10: Geology Hike
1pm. 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 May 11th at 1:00 PM. 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.
Friday, May 15:
7:30pm. Come out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona on Friday, May 15th. An introduction presentation at 7:30 P.M. will show current sky events and what's "up" in the spring skies. The planets Jupiter and Venus will provide views of our near neighbors and Saturn will make a brief appearance as the viewing session ends at 10:00 P.M. Galaxies litter the skies in the constellations of Virgo, Coma Berenices and Ursa Major. Open Clusters, Globular Clusters, Planetary Nebula and many other stellar objects will be available for the attendees to see. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as space cookies, moon juice, and other complementary beverages.
Sedona has recently been accredited as the 8th International Dark Sky City in the World. This will help protect our night skies at Red Rock State Park. Attendance is limited and reservations are required. Please call Red Rock State Park at 928 282 6907 to make your reservations. This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to 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.
MAY EVENTS: Download the new Calendar of great events HERE
Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday and Saturday mornings: 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 ( 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
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 ( 855 KB PDF)
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.
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”.
White Crowned Sparrow
On March 21, 2015, Ranger Luci reports that 27 different species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
- 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