June 2007

A ‘Cool’ RV Destination

Sunset Hikes Are Back At Red Rock State Park

The summer in Sedona offers the perfect chance to cool off and enjoy the outdoors with the entire family.

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

The Moonlight Hikes are on Friday, June 1; Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30.  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. Hikes leave promptly from the Visitor Center at 7 p.m. Wear appropriate hiking shoes and bring water and a flashlight.

On Sunday, June 3, Dennis Jex will present "Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind."  Come and enjoy a fun and educational presentation about snakes.

See a slide presentation and live snake display! Learn how to treat or (better yet) avoid snakebite. Find out how to safely relocate a snake, if necessary.

Live snakes will be used to enhance your "up-close-and-personal" educational experience. Find out the answers to many questions during this fun presentation.

Advanced reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Presentation will be in the park theatre at 2 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 are available for loan from the park.

At 10 a.m. daily, visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts 1½ 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 (except the first Sunday of the month), the park hosts a ranger- or naturalist-led activity of approximately one-hour. The focus varies from "theme" nature walks to programs on wildlife, archaeology, geology, or multiple themes. 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.

The 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.