Red Rock State Park
Park is Open
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.
Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day Photo Gallery
Dec. 7: Lecture Series: Walking the Corn Pollen Path - 2:00 P.M.
Red Rock State Park will be hosting Wallace Brown of the Bitter Water Diné on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 P.M. Brown will be discussing The Navajo way of life, or, ‘Walking the Corn Pollen Path’. Through rich themes including the stories of Emergence, Trotting Coyote, First Man and Spider woman the past is revealed, the present is suggested and they create a pathway to a satisfying future. Visit Red Rock State Park to discover more about Walking the Corn Pollen Path.
Wallace Brown was given a rich cultural foundation by his long-lived grandparents, which helped him weather the changing world of the Navajo Nation. Through life experiences Brown developed an understanding for the importance of preserving the traditional teachings that are not available in print; he began “talking culture” and found that the audience was ever-broadening with a desire to develop a better understanding of his people, the Diné.
The program will be held in the Park's theatre at 2:00 PM. Please call ahead to 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.
Dec. 14: Geology Hike Sunday - 1:00 P.M.
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 December 14that 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.
Jan. 10: Native American Pottery Water Colors - 10am-2pm
Are you interested in learning some basic tricks to watercolor painting? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Cathy Stedman for our ongoing workshop series on the basics of watercolor painting. This will be an introductory to intermediate class. The series will cover the basics to watercolor painting-instruction and techniques with a theme each month; January’s theme will be a still life painting class based on Native American pottery. This class will be held inside.
Cathy Stedman, a Sedona local, has been teaching watercolor since 1997. Shortly after retiring in Sedona in 2000, she began teaching watercolor classes at the Sedona Community Center, and continues today. “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.
Space is limited to 12 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $50.00, which includes Park entry and all supplies. If you are bringing your own supplies the reservation fee is 40.00. Please bring your own lunch. For additional information and reservations, please call Red Rock State Park at (928) 282-6907.
Jan. 31: "Big 5 Survival Priorities" with Tony Nester - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Have you ever wondered what to do if you were lost and had to spend the night in the wild unprepared; Or maybe how you can prepare yourself for a similar situation? Join us on January 31st for a daylong survival class with nationally known Tony Nester. Tony will be covering the "Big 5 Survival Priorities” - the class will cover shelter, emergency fire-making, water location, signaling and survival kits.
The workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental skills needed for surviving in a desert region and the hazards that are associated with traveling in the desert. Between lecture, slideshows, and hands-on exercises participants will become familiar with skills required for desert survival including emergency shelter building, water location, mirror signaling, heat related injuries, venomous creatures, and survival kits for travel.
Tony Nester, local to the Northern Arizona region, is a nationally known survival instructor whom founded Ancient Pathways; a wilderness skills company dedicated to desert survival and primitive technology. He holds a degree in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B); he has also published many books on outdoor survival including The Modern Hunter-Gatherer and Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills.
Tony has extensive experience teaching desert survival courses to various groups including the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, National Park Service, U.S. Military Operations, Desert Institute and other private organizations.
Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $65.00, which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
Feb. 14: Basic Tracking with Tony Nester
10:00-2:00 Are you a hiker, hunter, or a general outdoor enthusiast who runs across tracks that you do not know? Are you interested in developing the skills and knowledge to not only identify the tracks, but to understand the story behind them? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Tony Nester on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. for a workshop on the basics of tracking.
This is an introductory class that will cover both animal and man-tracking skills. You will learn the basics of track identification from aging prints, interpreting the stories in tracks, gait patterns, how to follow a person over varied terrain and how to pick up a lost trail.
Participants need to bring a sack lunch, water, sunglasses, and notebook.
Tony Nester, local to the Northern Arizona region, is a nationally known survival instructor whom founded Ancient Pathways; a wilderness skills company dedicated to desert survival and primitive technology. He holds a degree in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B); he has also published many books on outdoor survival including The Modern Hunter-Gatherer and Desert Survival: Tips, Tricks, and Skills. Tony has extensive experience teaching desert survival courses to various groups including the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, National Park Service, U.S. Military Operations, Desert Institute and other private organizations.
Space is limited to 15 participants, so call ahead to reserve your spot. The workshop reservation fee is $45.00, which includes entry. For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.
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.
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.
(NOTE: Starting 12/1, walks will begin at 9am)
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 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 ( 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”.
On November 16, 2014, Ranger Halley reports that 18 different species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
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