Red Rock State Park

March 30, 2017 Leave a Comment

 

No trip to Sedona is complete without visiting the famous Red Rocks. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oak Creek’s riparian habitat is a unique one. Part recreational destination and part educational facility, free guided nature walks are available at 10 a.m. daily. You’ll also want to join a Wednesday or Saturday guided bird walk at 9 a.m.

Birders and nature lovers gather twice a week to explore the Oak Creek area near the visitor center. Hosted by the Audubon Society and Red Rock State Park, this is a designated “important birding area” (IBA) thanks to the numerous species that live in and visit the Red Rocks. Solo birders are always welcome, and starting at the Hummingbird Patio is a fantastic option.

 

Rock On

 

Red Rock State Park spans 286 acres with trails throughout. It’s rich with junipers and manzanitas, and you’ll also find sprawling green meadows at the foot of the glorious red rocks. The creek helps care for the variety of flora and fauna, and the visitor center hosts events throughout the year.

 

Slip into the theater at the visitor center for a short presentation on the history of the area. Acquired by the state’s parks board 21 years ago, the Red Rocks have been open since 1991. That incredible red hue is thanks to the Aztec Sandstone, brimming with hematite and iron oxide. Exposing these materials causes the rocks to “rust,” resulting in the red, brown and orange glow.

 

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