RED ROCK STATE PARK
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.
Wildlife is abundant within the park with sightings occurring regularly. Mule deer, javelina, coyotes, and bobcats are all commonly seen by visitors throughout the year, as well as a wide variety of birds. Blacktail Rattlesnakes are seen on occasion during the warmer months as well as tarantulas and lizards.
In the fall of 1980, Governor Bruce Babbitt was hiking with friends along Oak Creek southwest of Sedona. When they reached a certain property, an individual approached the group, advised them they were on private property and requested them to leave. This caused Governor Babbitt to become concerned about Oak Creek and many other hiking areas along waterways that were being closed to public access.
Red Rock's Miller Visitor Center includes exhibits, a gift shop, & restrooms. Hours: 8 am - 5 pm.
The Miller Visitor Center at Red Rock State Park includes an interpretive area, a gift shop and restrooms. Inquire about the Junior Ranger and Junior Buddy programs available for children ages 4?12. There is also a movie theater that plays a short film on Sedona and the surrounding area.