Red Rock State Park
“Thanks for a wonderful weekend. You hit a homerun with my family. My boys are still talking about the mountain biking and archery.” –Parent from Fall 2013 Session
Spring & Summer 2014 Arizona Family Campout Program is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We hope to introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Take a one weekend introductory adventure at one of 9 Arizona State Parks. Learn more about the program and register.
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.
Tuesdays, Feb. 11 – March 18: Red Rock State Park Volunteer Training
1 - 5 pm. Want to volunteer where your contribution is significant, and your efforts are greatly appreciated? Join the friendly volunteers and staff at Red Rock State Park. Park will hold its annual volunteer training program on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks. Volunteer positions offer a wide range of options, including: Entry Station Attendant, School Program Teacher, Visitor Center Attendant, Landscaping, Hike Leader, Maintenance, Trail Maintenance, and Special Projects. Training provides an introduction to volunteer positions as well as the History of the Park, Geology of the area, Archaeology, and more. After completing training, new volunteers will work with others until they are ready to work on their own. To sign up for the class, 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.
Download Red Rock SP Events Calendar ( 1 MB PDF)
- March 29: Primitive Fire Making Class
- March 30: For God, Gold, and Glory: The Coronado Expedition 1540-1542
- April 12: Natural Fibers Workshop with Roy Julian
- April 15: Moonight Hike
Daily Guided Nature Walks at 10 am
At 10:00 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 2:00 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.
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
March 29: Primitive Fire Making Class
10 am - 2 pm. Want to learn how to create fire without a matches or lighters? Red Rock State Park will be hosting Al Cornell for a primitive skills fire making class. Join us to learn about the 4 prehistoric fire-making methods- bow drills, hand drills, iron pyrite method, and Arctic/Sub-Arctic Strap-drills. Al will demonstrate and discuss each of these methods then participants will have a chance to learn hands on how to use both bow drills and hand drills. All materials will be provided. There is a $25.00 fee for this workshop, which include the park entry fees. This class is limited to 14 participants, so please call ahead to make a reservation (928) 282- 6907. All participants must be 14 and older.
2 pm. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado entered Arizona with the largest European expedition know to North American history in 1540. Though the exact route through Arizona is unclear, historians have entertained the idea for years. Join us as Jim Turner leads us on a virtual tour through images by famous artists, maps, scenic and historical photographs, and archeological remains from one of Coronado’s campsites.
Our speaker Jim Turner has worked as a historian all over the state of Arizona. With a Master’s degree in American History from the University of Arizona, Jim has been researching and studying the state’s history for more than 30 years working with the Arizona Historical Society. He is also the author of a pictorial book Arizona: celebration of the Grand Canyon State. The program will be held in the Park's theatre.
Please call ahead to reserve your space; program is included with 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 Red Rock SP at (928) 282-6907. Program made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.
April 12: Natural Fibers Workshop with Roy Julian
1 -3 pm. Come and learn how native people used a wide variety of natural fibers to literally “tie their world” together. Participants will look at how banana yucca, dogbane, agave, cliffrose, and other fibers native to the Verde Valley were used in ancient times to make rope, string, nets, sandals, clothing, snares, tie shelter together and many other things. Some sample items made from these fibers will be on display.
This will be a hands-on class where participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make reverse-wrap cordage, braid, and perhaps other useful ties, time permitting. All materials for the class will be provided. Roy Julian is retired clinical psychologist by profession, and has taught at Texas Tech Medical School, been in private practice and has worked extensively with veterans from various eras, including a few World War I veterans early in his career. Locally, he has served as the President of Friends of the Forest and is currently the Medical Training Officer for Search and Rescue. Primitive cultures, skills, and nature are his avocations.
There is a $15.00 fee required prior to this workshop; space is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot (928) 282-6907. Entry fee to the park is included in the workshop price.
April 13: Guided Geology Hike
1:00 pm. The 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. 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.
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. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; please call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees 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 nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.
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)
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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”.
Violet Green Swallow
Red Winged Blackbird
On November 30, 2013, Ranger Halley reports that 31 species of birds were spotted at Red Rock SP!
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