Sedona’s 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.
September Activities at Red Rock State Park
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks – 7 AM
Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. 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 meet up with the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. 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.
Friday September 16: Full Moon Hike, 5:30 PM
The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park and is usually fully booked by the day of the hike. Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about the natural history of Sedona. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A non-refundable $5.00 program fee per person is required in order to reserve your spot in the hike in addition to the regular entrance fees on the day of the hike. Participants must check in approximately 30 minutes before the hike starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children under seven are not permitted. Wear suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907. The Astronomers of Verde Valley will set up their telescopes for a moon viewing at the conclusion of the hike.
Sunday September 25: Following the Monarch Migration through Red Rock State Park, 9 am
With Gail Morris. Every Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport. However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots, (928) 282-6907.
Sunday Lecture – Nature & Technology: Friends or Foes? 1:00pm
With Dr. Andrea Houchard. The human connection to the natural world is of vital importance. Research is piling up to confirm that spending time in the great outdoors has great benefits for both physical and psychological health.. What gets in the way of people spending time in nature? One of the answers we hear repeatedly is technology. Screens, phones, gadgets and games are reputed by many as an impediment to people connecting with the natural world. However, it may not be the technology in itself, but how technology is used that is responsible for the disconnect. In fact, technology actually might be a great resource as we carve out time to connect with the natural world. This interactive discussion will explore the relationship between technology and nature and give you an opportunity to discuss your own experiences with how the two complement and interfere with one another. Dr. Houchard is a professor of Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University and a co-owner of the Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX), an Arizona Benefit Corporation. This program is included with park entrance fees. However, seating is limited and reservations are required, (928) 282-6907.