“1 of America's most beautiful parks!”
The Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona is considered one of America’s most beautiful places.
Red Rock State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 am – 5 pm. The Visitor Center is open 9 am – 5 pm daily. Movie Theatre, Guided Walks, Jr. Ranger Program. The mission of the park is to preserve the riparian habitat associated with Oak Creek; to serve as an environmental education facility; and to provide limited passive recreational opportunities.
Red Rock State Park is located in a geologically unique area of north central Arizona near Sedona. The park encompasses between one and two river miles of perennial Oak Creek, giving the park a diversity of both riparian and upland plant and animal species. The park is also included in the Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area, and is home to rare and unique avian species like the Common Black Hawk, Wood Duck, and Common Merganser.
Botanically, the area is home to Fremont Cottonwood (Populous fremontii), Sycamore (Plantanus wrightii), Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina), and Arizona Alder (Alnus oblongifolia) in the riparian areas. The uplands host Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina), Netleaf Hackberry (Celtis reticulate), Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and deppeana) and a variety of smaller bushes and wildflowers.
The presence of Oak Creek means the park is habitat for several species of frogs and rare native fish. It is also home to the Sonoran Mud Turtle, identified by the U.S. Forest Service in Region 3 as a Sensitive Species. Many different snakes, lizards, and small mammals can also be found in Red Rock State Park. Larger mammals such as Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Coyote (Canis latrans), Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), Javelina (Pecari angulatus), and Otter (Lontra canadensis) also make their home here.
We hiked this the other day. Not too strenuous. We took the interpretive guided hike. It was about 2.5 hours and around 3.5 miles. It is insanely beautiful and if you are in the area this should be one of your first stops. It needs to be noted that pets are not allowed in this park. We arrived at 10am and was headed up to Sedona for lunch by 12:30. However, there is much to see and do and this will be a regular visit for us as we want to catch different seasons in the area.
Hiked here with some friends on a Sunday. It was insanely beautiful (also a gorgeous day). Not too packed, but enough that the lot was full and we ended up parking on the side of the road. Once you got up onto the trails though, we only ran into a few other groups. If you like a good hike, this is a great option to get outdoors near Vegas (+Shake off the hangover).
All other reviews so true, beautiful spot, hiked with my kiddos to eagle nest and then took a long way back loop and they loved it!
Beautiful just stunning rock formations!! If going in the summer make sure you dress light and have water on hand!! It was 110 while we were there and couldn't walk long do to temp but we enjoyed it so much!!!! Def must see!
We got married here in March & it was absolutely beautiful! Great place to hike & enjoy nature at it's best.
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