May Hikes at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

Guided Hikes in May

May is a beautiful time of year to visit the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Sun filled days, crystal blue skies and an abundance of flora and fauna this time of year makes for the perfect time to go and explore the red rocks. Taking advantage of the guided hikes offered by Red Rock State Park in May is the best way to learn more about the area’s red rock formations, plant and animal life and archaeology from their knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Below you will find what the park has to offer this month. Get on those hiking boots and explore!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.

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Guided Nature Walk
Every morning at 10:00 am
Program is included with the park admission
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Their naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. This guided walk is included with park entrance fees. No reservations required. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 10th, 2017 (6:00 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee and regular park entry fees
moonlightMoonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Registration for this hike is required, call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

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Guided Geology Hike
May 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
May 21st, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 28th, 2017 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

For more information on any of the guided hikes listed above please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views
Delve into the spiritual side of the Sedona landscape and its rich ethereal history with this magical mystical ride hosted by Pink Jeep Tours. Visit one of the area’s incredible energy centers – the Airport Mesa Vortex Site – to take in the twisted trees and interpret the site in your own way. This guided tour also includes a sojourn to the Mystic Vista and a short hike for breath-taking views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

  • Pink Jeep Tours Sedona ArizonaOne night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • 2.5-hour Pink Jeep Vortex Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email


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