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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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Red Rock State Park March Activities

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Arizona State ParksBy Halley Bagley/ Park Ranger
Red Rock State Park

Sedona AZ (February 15, 2015) – As many of us have been blindsided by this very early spring weather, it’s hard to believe that it’s still actually February. Here at Red Rock State Park though, we’re getting quite excited about the upcoming month! Read More→

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Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board Meets February 27

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Arizona State ParksThe Donations Site for the Memorial Fund is Now Online

Phoenix AZ (February 7, 2015) – The Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board’s next meeting will be on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott. The public is invited and the agenda for this meeting will be posted at the new website for the Memorial Fund: http://Yarnellhillmemorialfund.org.

The Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board has now launched the website that is able to receive online donations. The website also contains information about the Site Board including a list of its members, the legislation, meeting schedules and agendas. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksVerde Valley AZ (February 4, 2015) = Have you ever wanted to bring your family camping but weren’t sure where to start? The Arizona Family Campout Program is a one-weekend adventure designed for families who have little or no experience camping. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats and introduce families to the new adventure of camping at an Arizona State Park. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksFlagstaff AZ (February 1, 2015) – Bring your family to Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff, Ariz. and hear Author and Humorist Roger Naylor discuss his book “Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers” on Monday, February 9 at 12:15 p.m.

Everyone in Arizona lives within 15 minutes of a trail (and everyone eats) so Roger Naylor leads the way to beautiful hikes and incredible bites. Walk off some calories and put them back on! A humor and travel writer, Naylor highlights his favorite trails all over Arizona, featuring Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, the Phoenix area, Tucson and the southern deserts, the forests of the White Mountains, and Arizona’s “West Coast.” Each trail is followed up by a nearby mom and pop eatery. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (January 17, 2015) – Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park on Valentine’s Day and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers re-enactors. Join us for living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be flag raising and lowering ceremonies and military drills, and presentations about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. Watch or be a part of Vintage Baseball games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with players dressed in period baseball uniforms, the Hold the Fort volunteers from the park will also hold dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (December 13th, 2014) – If you’re interested in the natural history of Sedona, plan to visit Red Rock State Park for one of the daily guided walks, weekly bird walks, workshops, or monthly lectures. The park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road and provides a great introduction to Sedona, complete with a natural history museum, easy hiking trails, knowledgeable staff, and wildlife viewing. This month R.R.S.P. will be continuing the ongoing watercolor workshop, this month’s theme will be Native American pottery. They will also be hosting Tony Nester for the second annual day long Basic Survival workshop on January 31st. Visit us to learn more about these activities!

As always, RRSP offers twice weekly guided bird walk and daily nature walks with a knowledgeable naturalist.  Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (November 15, 2014) – From December 5, 2014 through January 5, 2015, Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde, Ariz. will be decorated for the holidays. 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→

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Fall Fest at Slide Rock State Park, October 4

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (October 2, 2014) - Slide Rock State Park’s history comes alive as it celebrates “Homecoming at the Homestead” with the original apple sorting machine in action. There will also be talks, live music, demonstrations and exhibits in the 1932 apple packing shed. The annual bake sale and silent auction will benefit the Friends of Slide Rock SP. Your state park entry fee gets you into this event.

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (September 27, 2014) – The Fort Verde Days celebration will be held on Saturday, October 11 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, October 12, 2014 (9am-2pm). Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, artillery demonstrations, living history presentations with re-enactors, special presentations, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, military drills and a vintage baseball game. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (September 19, 2014) – The Arizona State Parks department and the Coconino National Forest have agreed to a Supplemental Swim Area Operating Plan which will allow the natural rock slide and swimming pools below Slide Rock State Park to re-open after being closed since the Slide Fire in June.  The creek area is managed by Arizona State Parks and owned by the US Forest Service.  The swim area will re-open on Saturday, September 20 at 8 am and be open until 5 pm every day.   Group and bus tours are welcome at only $2 per person as well. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCottonwood AZ (September 11, 2014) – Dead Horse Ranch State Park will celebrate the annual Verde River Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The activities during Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s riparian habitat.

The event brings together 40-plus nature-based exhibits, sandcastle building, a menagerie of live animals, non-stop activities from canoe rides (with or without assistance), continuous live entertainment and local food vendors. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksCamp Verde AZ (September 10, 2014) – In the similar tradition of other towns’ Rodeo Queens, the Camp Verde Cavalry will be holding the Fort Verde Days’ Colonel’s Daughter Contest.  This will be the 55th Anniversary of this competition.

The contest will be held on September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. on the parade grounds at Fort Verde State Historic Park. A panel of out-of-town judges will review the competition and select the 2014 Colonel’s Daughter based on the horsemanship, poise and personality of the contestants. The young woman who is chosen as the Colonel’s Daughter will receive gifts from the Town of Camp Verde’s merchants, which will include a winning buckle and spurs. The winner and all other contestants (the Colonel’s Daughter’s Court) will be riding in the Fort Verde Days parade escorted by the Camp Verde Cavalry. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (August 27, 2014) – The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for Labor Day 2014 campers. If you have not already reserved your campsite, some campsites are already full. Some State Parks such as Lyman Lake near Springerville and Alamo Lake near Wenden will have campgrounds that may not fill to capacity. Day use and historic parks have plenty of room for daytrippers and Kartchner Caverns State Park always has 100 walk-up tickets each day and good camping opportunities (book cave tours in advance by phone or the website, if possible.) Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (August 26, 2014) – In September 2014, Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, Geology Hike and Dr. Kennard Bork will speak about the how Sedona’s red rocks were formed. The park also offers guided bird walks and nature walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (August 3, 2014) – Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, and Gregory McNamee with the Arizona Humanities Council will speak about the “Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout” in August 2014. The park also offers guided bird walks and nature walks as well as the opportunity to explore on your own. Read More→

Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (June 27, 2014) – In July 2014, Red Rock State Park will host the monthly Moonlight Hike, the Star Party and Wayne Ranney will speak about “Sedona through Time.” Visitors can also enjoy a hike or walk amid 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→

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