September 2007

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Bird Walks, Moonlight Hikes In September At Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park offers nature programs and environmental education programs in September.

On Sept. 9th at 2 p.m., volunteers will escort visitors on a guided geology hike through the park. This hike includes the Eagle's Nest trail for a view of the park and the surrounding area.

Bring the entire family and enjoy the afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteers as the rock formations that create the scenic backdrop of Red Rock State Park are explored. Bring water and wear suitable shoes or boots.

The usual First Sunday Program in September will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend.   Monica Webb, Interpretive Education coordinator, will present "Venomous Creatures." Discover and learn about a variety of venomous animals that thrive in Arizona.

Humans generally live in harmony with them, but one creature poses a higher risk of human safety than all others combined. Learn why and determine how you can reduce potential harm in case of conflict. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Please call (928) 282-6907.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27 join the Moonlight Hikes at 5:30 p.m. 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 5:30 p.m. Participants should wear appropriate hiking shoes, 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 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.

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 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 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 $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