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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (January 28, 2016) – Join us for the annual Buffalo Soldier re-enactment at Fort Verde State Historic Park on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers, watch a Vintage Baseball game with players dressed in period replica uniforms, learn how to cook homemade Dutch Oven meals, and be a part of the flag raising and lowering ceremonies. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (November 18, 2015) – From December 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016, Fort Verde State Historic Park will be decorated for with Victorian decorations for the Christmas holiday. Visitors can glance into the past and see how those who once resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier. Christmas trees and fireplace mantels will be adorned with unique Victorian decorations, while wreaths and garlands help spread the holiday cheer. Read More→

Arizona State ParksCottonwood AZ (September 22, 2015) – Dead Horse Ranch State Park, along with the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, and sponsors from around the state, will host and celebrate the annual Verde River Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities during Verde River Day celebrate our community connection to the free-flowing Verde River, a green, life-giving jewel in Arizona’s arid natural landscape and promote the preservation and care of this vital resource – for both people and wildlife alike. In honor of the occasion, Arizona State Parks will offer FREE Day Use entrance admission on September 26 to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (September 16, 2015) – Come celebrate fall at Slide Rock State Park’s Fall Festival on October 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying harvest and homestead demonstrations, live music, kids activities, face painting, fly wheelers, games and activities for the whole family. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksDeadline to Apply July 30

Flagstaff AZ (July 10, 2015) – Arizona State Parks is offering Wilderness First Responder (WFR) scholarships for a Wilderness First Responder course taking place in Flagstaff. The funds for the scholarships will be taken from the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Interested participants must complete an application and submit it to Arizona State Parks by the deadline on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksTown of Camp Verde’s “Corn Fest” on July 18 

Camp Verde AZ (June 26, 2015) – As part of the Town of Camp Verde’s “Corn Fest” celebration on Saturday, July 18, 2015, watch a baseball game with players dressed in historic uniforms, or come and be part of the team. Game time begins at Noon.

Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The Fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870’s and 1880’s. From 1865 – 1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona’s history. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (May 8, 2015) – Join us at Red Rock State Park in May 2015! “Come to Red Rock State Park in Sedona and enjoy the Star Party and special video screenings for “Butterfly Month,” and walks and hikes in the month of May,” said Sue Black, Executive Director.

Geology Walk: Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m., join our knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on our trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what can be seen today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The escarpment is more than 200 miles long and ranges in elevation from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker that lasts between 2 to 2 ½ hours and has an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (April 29, 2015) – Travel to Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in Sedona to create unforgettable family vacation memories. Both parks were selected in a recent travel poll by FamilyFun magazine readers as Top 10 State Parks in the country and were featured in the magazine’s April issue. “The winners in each category represent places where families have formed lasting memories, and offer adventures for all types of interests, for animal lovers to history and science buffs,” said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief. Read More→

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Verde Valley Rangers Promoted and Retired

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Arizona State ParksVerde Valley AZ (April 21, 2015) – Stephen “Max” Castillo, who has worked at the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area since 1998, recently retired from Arizona State Parks after 40 years of service. Additionally, Keith Ayotte is now Northern Region Manager, Wes Yeager is Park Manager at Jerome State Historic Park and Dan Tholund has been selected Park Manager at Red Rock State Park.

“Arizona State Parks is indebted to Max for his hard work and commitment to the agency,” said Executive Director Sue Black. “Although we are heartened at his departure, Arizona State Parks is facing an exciting future and great things lie ahead for the agency.” Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (April 9, 2015) – Fort Verde State Historic Park will hold its annual “History of the Soldier” event on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experience a military timeline of history from the Revolutionary War to present day at the event. 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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