September At Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2017 September Guided Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

The summer months are coming to an end and fall is moving into the majestic red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Red Rock State Park is ready to welcome the change of season with some great hikes and events including a Star Party on September 16th! On the 17th internationally recognized Sedona bamboo flute player Jesse Kalu will be filling the park with a heartfelt presentation that includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Also taking place this month at Red Rock State Park: Guided Moonlight Hike, Southwest Monarch Study, Daily Nature Walks and Guided Bird Walks every Wednesday and Saturday morning!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees

Bird 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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Daily Nature Walk
Every Day at 10:00 am in September
Included with park entrance fees

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, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
September 5th, 2017 (5:30 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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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
September 16th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Cost – $5 plus park entrance fee
Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky. This program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Registration for this event begins on August 17th, 2017. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spots. Light refreshments (drinks,snacks) will be provided.

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Red Rock State Park – Jesse Kalu
Internationally Recognized Sedona Bamboo Flute Player
September 17th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State park is proud to present Jesse Kalu! This heartfelt presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawks owl seagulls, dolphins, whales coyotes, wolf, elk, and more. He utilizes a wide variety of bamboo flutes sweeping form the soprano to bass ranges, all made by his own hand. Many praise his ability to imbue his creations with the deep connection spirit of the natural world. A $5 non-refundable program fee is required per person prior to the performance in order to reserve your seats. The parks standard park entry fee is also required on the day of the program.

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Red Rock State Park – Southwest Monarch Study
September 24th, 2017 (8:30 am – 11:00 am)
This program is included with park entrance fees
Nestled in the red rock country of Sedona, Oak Creek provides a flyway for migrating monarchs hurrying to their overwintering grounds each September. Many will stop to consume nectar on nearby plants such as Sunflowers and Golden Crownbeard. Join Gail Morris, coordinator of the southwest Monarch Study, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors. Participants should wear sturdy close-toe shoes that can get wet (NO sandals), long pants and long sleeve shirt, hat and sunscreen. Bring sufficient water for hydration. Space is limited to 15 participants, so call to reserve your spots, 928.282.6907.

For more information on any of the Sedona events or hikes listed above please visit Red Rock State Park

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