April 2008

SEEING RED -- One of Arizona's most beautiful areas and a favorite destination of RVers is near Sedona: Red Rock State Park.  Once there, visitors can participate in hikes, walks, and learn from talks by experts on the region.

RVers See Red!

Moonlight Hikes Return In April At Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park offers hikes, walks, talks and much more in April. The whole Sedona area is a beautiful destination for RVers.

On Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the park theatre, Dr. Douglas Kupel, a historian for the City of Phoenix, will present "Fuel for Growth: Water and Arizona's Urban Environment."

Dr. Kupel's discussion will cover the history of water resource development and its relationship to urban development in Arizona's three signature cities, Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. Dr. Kupel challenges many of the traditional assumptions of environmental history by revealing that the West's aridity has had relatively little impact on the development of municipal water infrastructure in these cities.

This program is presented by the Arizona Humanities Council and the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

On Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m., visitors can join a volunteer on a guided geology hike through Red Rock State Park. Learn why the rocks are red, where they came from, where they are going, and more.

This hike includes the Eagle's Nest Trail for a great view of the park and surrounding area. More than just a guided hike, this is an interpretive experience for the beginner as well as advanced geologist.

The hike lasts two to two and a half hours and has a 250-foot elevation climb. Spend an afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteer guide as the rock formations that create the scenic backdrop of Red Rock State Park are explained. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

The Moonlight Hike will return on Saturday, April 19.  An unforgettable experience, the hike includes a naturalist-led interpretive presentation along the park's beautiful trails. Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon.

The hike lasts two to two and a half hours, has an elevation climb of 200-250 feet and covers approximately two miles. The hike leaves promptly from the Visitor Center at 6 p.m. Wear appropriate hiking shoes (no sandals) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray.

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. visitors will find bird enthusiasts joining a naturalist for a "Guided Bird Walk." Beginners as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the park.

Daily at 10 a.m., visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts one to two hours and will introduce them to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the park.  Plants, wildlife, geology, history and archaeology are some of the subjects that may be discussed.

Daily at 2 p.m., the park hosts a ranger-or naturalist-led activity of approximately one-hour. Programs may include a nature-hike, a special presentation or an educational/nature video. This program may be an indoor or outdoor activity.

For more information call (928) 282-6907. Red Rock State Park is located on the Lower Red Rock Loop Road off Hwy 89A, southwest of Sedona. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park Entrance Fee is $6 per vehicle for up to four adults; each additional adult is charged $2 each. (There is no charge for children). A $2 per person entrance fee applies to pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists.

Arizona State Parks Annual Pass is available for $50 (some restrictions apply) and Premium Annual Pass is sold for  $125.

The unique land-based ecosystem, closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for Red Rock State Park to offer a center for environmental education.  With its diverse riparian habitat for plants and wildlife, Red Rock State Park offers special hikes and programs as a regular part of the park's environmental program.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit  www.azstateparks.com.