May 2008

A variety of hummingbirds from Ernst Haeckel's 1904 Kunstformen der Natur (Artforms of Nature)

RV To Red Rock
State Park Includes Hummingbird Program, Hikes, More

On Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in the park theatre, Ross Hawkins, founder of the Hummingbird Society, will present "Red Rockin' Hummingbirds...and how to garden for them." This area of Arizona is regularly visited by five species of hummers and occasionally more.

Hear about these species and what plants are effective in attracting them in this desert area (and much of Arizona, as well). The risk of extinction will also be addressed, along with the Society's efforts in this area. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. For reservation, please call (928) 282-6907.

On Sunday, May 11 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. Bring the entire family and enjoy an afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteer guides as the rock formations that create the scenic backdrop of Red Rock State Park are explained.

This will be the last hike of the season. Hikes will resume in September.

The Moonlight Hike continues on Monday, May 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 2 to 2 ½ hours, has an elevation climb of 200-250 feet and covers approximately 2 miles. The hike leaves promptly from the Visitor Center at 7 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 7 p.m. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Park Entrance Fee is $6 per vehicle for up to 4 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