July 2007

A ‘Cool’ RV Destination

Enjoy Beautiful Sedona Weather At Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Parks offers the perfect opportunity to hike and enjoy the weather in Sedona.

The Moonlight Hikes are on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29.  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 hikes have an elevation climb of 200-250 feet and cover approximately two miles. The hikes will last about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Hikes leave promptly from the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. Wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray.

Join our volunteers for a Sunset Hike along Red Rock State Park 's beautiful trails on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during July. The hikes start from the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 a.m. 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 is available for loan from the park.

At 10 a.m. daily, visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts 1.5 to 2 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.

At 2 p.m. daily, 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 information or reservations 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 8 p.m. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 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 $45 (some restrictions apply) and Premium Annual Pass is sold for $100.

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 .