Red Rock State Park

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Red Rock State Park

Arizona

(928) 282-6907

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Overview

Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.

Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are a number of daily and weekly park events. (see below or ask at Visitor Center)

Park facilities include a visitors center, classroom, theater, gift shop, picnic tables, 10 developed trails, restrooms, and group area with Ramada and facilities. The restrooms are handicapped accessible. Camping facilities are not available at this park.

The property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The land was originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye.

Map of Red Rock (AZ)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.815398, -111.830441

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Activities

  • Hiking

    The family-oriented trail system is well marked for your safety and pleasure. The 5-mile network consists of interconnecting loops, which lead you to vistas of red rock or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek. The Eagle's Nest Loop and the Apache Fire Loop are joined together by the Coyote Ridge Trail. Eagle's Nest is the highest point in the park with an elevation gain of 300'. These three major loops are connected along the riparian corridor by the Kisva Trail, which also leads up to the short loop of the Yavapai Ridge Trail. The Javelina Trail takes you into the pinyon/juniper woodlands and back to the other loops. Stop by the visitor center desk for detailed information before starting out on the trails. Bikes and horses are only allowed on designated routes.

  • Historic Sites

    There are many educational opportunities found in the Miller Visitor Center. The hands-on exhibits are based on the theme of biotic communities. The panels bring to life the variety of habitats found within the park. You will also find information on the early human inhabitants of the area as well as roving displays showing a wide selection of the park's wildlife. There is also a movie theater at the park which shows "The Natural Wonders of Sedona: Timeless Beauty." The 45-minute film plays on request and covers Sedona's history and wildlife and takes you on a flying tour of the red rocks providing you with some phenomenal aerial scenes.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and shelters are located in all of the group day use areas, all of which are subject to reservations. If not reserved these areas are open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis. Several uncovered picnic tables and barbecues are scattered throughout the field in the Twin Cypress area and are available for use even when the ramada areas are reserved.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring and fall are Sedona's busiest seasons, with daily highs in the mid to high 70s and nighttime temperatures dropping about 30 degrees. This makes for perfect hiking weather throughout the day. Springtime visitors will enjoy lush greenery along the Oak Creek and various wildflowers, while fall visitors get to witness the spectacular foliage displaying fall colors. As with any season, Sedona's beautiful red rocks are always on display.

Summer temperatures can definitely get hot, but Sedona's 4,500-foot altitude helps keep the temperatures cooler than those of Phoenix, just 100 miles to the south. On average, Sedona's stays about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix during the day. Nightime lows in the summer average in the cool mid 60s, nearly 25 degrees cooler than the Phoenix average.

Sedona does experience a monsoon season, typically beginning in early July. Monsoons are generally short periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms, in the late afternoon or early evening. The days will usually start out sunny and as temperatures rise, clouds will begin to gather, and soon rain will begin to fall, often torrentially. These storms are looked forward to, as they typically begin at the hottest part of the day. Skies typically clear by the late evening giving way to many stargazing opportunities.

Winter months are relatively mild, with daytime highs averaging in the mid to high 50s. Snow is rare, but breathtaking when it happens and pictures must be taken quickly because with the bright Arizona sun, snow is usually gone by day's end.

Directions

Driving

From Phoenix, AZ: Head west on W Washington St toward N 1st Ave and keep right at the fork, continue onto W Adams St, turn right at N Black Canyon Hwy, take the ramp on the left onto I-17 N/US-60 W, and continue to follow I-17 N. Take exit 287 for AZ-260 toward Cottonwood/Payson/Arizona 89A, turn left at AZ-260 W/Finnie Flat Rd, continue to follow AZ-260 W. Turn right at AZ-260 W/Camp Verde-Bridgeport Hwy, turn right at Arizona 89A N, then turn right at Red Rock Loop Rd.

Flying

Closest airport is Pheonix, AZ.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(928) 282-6907

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