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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (April 4, 2014) – Fort Verde State Historic Park will hold its annual “History of the Soldier” event on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event offers visitors a living history timeline of military and civilian encampments from the Revolutionary War to the present day. Activities will include flag raising and lowering ceremonies, artillery demonstrations, fashion show and dutch oven cooking demonstrations. The camps, cannon and soldiers will all be on the parade field for this annual event. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (March 31, 2014) – In April 2014 at Red Rock State Park, the popular Moonlight Hikes are back and Roy Julian is the host of the Natural Fibers Workshop. Visitors can also enjoy a hike or walk amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own. Read More→

Arizona State ParksCottonwood AZ (March 16, 2014) – Experienced mountain bikers will teach workshops Saturdays at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The Better Mountain Biking sessions will be held on March 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19 and 26 and May 3, 2014.

These workshops are for those that have a mountain bike, and want to try taking it off-road, for those that are nervous riding with friends or significant others because they ride “those hard trails,” those that don’t want to slow friends down, because “they’re a lot better than me,” those that have tried to teach friends how to mountain bike, but find it hard to explain things or experienced mountain bikers who want to refine their technique. Read More→

Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (March 13, 2014) – In conjunction with the Town of Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, Fort Verde State Historic Park will host the annual pecan pie contest on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at noon. Then come back on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1 p.m. for the third “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” held in the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona. This is a “fee free weekend” at Fort Verde State Historic Park. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (March 5, 2014) – In March 2014 at Red Rock State Park, learn about the Coronado Expedition in the lecture series or enjoy a hike or walk amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Geology Walk: On Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m., join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on the trails and discuss how Sedona transformed from millions of years of erosion and has receded over four miles. This is an interpretive experience for beginners as well as experienced hikers. The hike lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable footwear. Read More→

Arizona State ParksEvents Scheduled throughout Arizona

Phoenix AZ (February 28, 2014) – For the entire month of March 2014, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)/Arizona State Parks (ASP) is coordinating events throughout the state for the 32nd annual celebration of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month (AAHAM). See schedule below.

These events will focus on current efforts to preserve our past by protecting our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources. AAHAM combines education with entertainment to reach both adults and children in an effort to teach responsible stewardship of our cultural resources. Museums, historical societies, tribes, agencies, parks, and archaeology organizations will be hosting events across the state; events are also planned in Arizona State Parks as part of their interpretive programs. Read More→

Arizona State ParksTeaches Families about Camping and the Outdoors

Phoenix AZ (February 7, 2014) – Arizona State Parks’ successful Arizona Family Campout Program has announced spring dates. The program is designed for families who have little or no experience camping. It will introduce them to outdoor experiences over one weekend at an Arizona State Park and inspire them to continue to explore Arizona.

This spring several additional parks will be hosting this exciting program. Read More→

Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (January 31, 2014) – Join the Buffalo Soldiers, as they provide living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The event is Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers and the Buffalo Soldiers of America Motorcycle Club. There will also be flag raising and lowering ceremonies, an 1880s period church service and presentations about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (January 1, 2014) – In January 2014 at Red Rock State Park, learn about the Yavapai-Apache Nation and Southwest Indian art in the lecture series or enjoy a hike or walk amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own. Read More→

Arizona State ParksPhoenix AZ (December 6, 2013) – Four State Parks are celebrating the holidays in December 2013 with events. The following parks are participating: Fort Verde State Historic Park, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park and Oracle State Park (see full schedule below). Other gift ideas are an Annual Pass to all of Arizona’s State Parks or a gift certificate to tour the cave at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (November 21, 2013) – In December 2013 at Red Rock State Park, learn about lizards and the geology of Sedona at two talks or enjoy a hike and walk amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Lecture Series – “Those Terrible Lizards” by Ken Bork Ph.D.: On Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m. in the Park’s Theatre, join Bork as he discusses all aspects of what dinosaurs were and what happened to them and may even uncover where their ancestors live now! This lecture is recommended for ages 8 and up due to some graphic content. Bork is a new resident of Sedona and is an enthusiast of the rich natural history and cultural options of this area. He has long been fascinated with dinosaurs and has Ph.D. in Geology and Paleontology. Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. A special event fee of $5 per adult (14 and up) is in addition to the regular park entrance fee of $5 per adult (ages 14 and up), $3 per youth (7-13) and free for children (0-6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907. Read More→

Arizona State ParksPhoenix AZ (November 15, 2013) – The Arizona State Parks department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is launching a new program to offer opportunities for homeless Veterans to apply for jobs as temporary park specialists in rural Arizona.

“The Arizona State Parks department is highlighting these opportunities for Veterans in an effort to help them transition back into the workforce because they possess many of the skill sets we require for those jobs,” said State Parks Director Bryan Martyn. “We’re looking for hard working men and women who have learned different types of skills while in the military and would like to work at the parks in these temporary/full-time jobs.” Read More→

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Featured in November at Red Rock State Park

Sedona AZ (October 28, 2013) – In November 2013 at Red Rock State Park, the weather is cool enough to enjoy many hikes and walks amidst the beautiful landscape of the Sedona red rocks. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Star Party: On Saturday, November 9 at 7:15 p.m., join us for a “Goodnight Summer Sky” Star Party in collaboration with Astronomers of the Verde Valley and Keep Sedona Beautiful. The evening begins with a presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of the Verde Valley. Topics of discussion include current astronomical events such as the comet ISON, Nova Delphini, Meteor Showers, as well as the winter constellations. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (October 6, 2013) – The fall season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors at Red Rock State Park in October 2013. The park offers guided hikes and bird walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own.

Geology Hike: On Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m., the return of fall also means the opportunity to join a guided hike that focuses on the geology of the area. Hike leader Chris Weld will help you to learn why the rocks are red, where they come 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 a guided hike, it’s an interpretive experience for beginners as well as advanced geologists. The hike lasts 2 to 2.5 hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable shoes. Read More→

Arizona State ParksCottonwood AZ (October 4, 2013) – Dead Horse Ranch State Park will offer Sunday Nature Walks at 9 a.m. on October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013 and on November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013.

Nature Walks last for one to two hours. The guided hikes will meander along riparian areas or stroll through the high desert trails within the park. Hikers need to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and a hat. Says hike leader Ranger Margie Sanchez, “You might want to bring binoculars and a camera, too. These hikes are a great opportunity for wildlife sightings and photo ops.” Hikes start at various places throughout the park – inquire at the gate for starting points. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksPhoenix AZ (September 29, 2013) – On September 18, 2013, the Arizona State Parks Board authorized seven projects funded with $542,321 from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and $339,108 from the federal Recreational Trails Program (motorized portion). These projects also include $209,116 in matching funds from agency funds and volunteers.

The Arizona State Parks Board’s volunteer advisory committees (Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG) and the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC) review project applications periodically and make funding recommendations to the Arizona State Parks Board. In addition to trail and facility improvements, the funds can be used for mitigation of damage caused by OHV activities, cultural and environmental compliances, and education projects/programs and law enforcement. Read More→

View the Night Skies with Telescopes

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Arizona State ParksStar Party Series at State Parks in October and November

Arizona State Parks will host “Star Party” events at State Parks in October and November. Visitors can view the night skies through telescopes and learn about astronomy. Details about each event are below. Read More→

Arizona State ParksVerde Valley AZ (September 17, 2013) – Arizona State Parks Director Bryan Martyn will hold a Director Campout Series at several State Parks throughout Arizona from September through December 2013. The purpose of the campouts is to engage visitors, residents, campers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and other constituents in a conversation about State Parks.

Director Bryan Martyn said, “This will be a unique opportunity for people to come out and talk to me personally and share their vision about the future of Arizona State Parks. People are welcome to voice their opinions while enjoying the beautiful landscape of our State.” Read More→

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Arizona State ParksPhoenix AZ (September 12, 2013) – In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket for free.

Visitors who present the Museum Day Live ticket will gain free entrance for two at one of these State Parks: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Superior), Fort Verde State Historic Park (Camp Verde), Homolovi State Park (Winslow), Jerome State Historic Park (Jerome) and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park (Tubac). Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (September 10, 2013) – Red Rock State Park is embarking on a Star Party series that will include events on September 14, 2013 and November 9, 2013 and following the Moonlight Hike on September 19, 2013 and October 18, 2013. Astronomers of the Verde Valley will assist with telescopes so visitors can see the stars up close under the beautiful sky and near the red rocks of Sedona at Red Rock State Park. Read More→