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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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Arizona State ParksEvents Held at the Park through October

Phoenix AZ (May 23, 2014) – Homolovi State Park will re-open on Friday, May 23, 2014 after road construction and improvement work forced the park closure last week. Homolovi State Park, just 5 miles northeast of Winslow in northern Arizona, provides a good alternative for camping for those that were planning to camp in the Sedona area for Memorial Day weekend but are unable due to the Slide Fire. Arizona State Parks will re-open the Park five days earlier than originally planned for the roadwork. Read More→

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Arizona State ParksSedona AZ (May 20, 2014) – In June 2014, Red Rock State Park will host the Yavapai- Apache Nation Cultural Awareness Day. The Park will also have local Todd Bostwick speak about the discovery of Sinagua salt mining. 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→

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→