Hike, bike, or horseback ride on trails winding through Sedona’s iconic red rock formations. The 286-acre nature preserve also houses green meadows, juniper, Manzanita, abundant wildlife, and Oak Creek, creating a diverse landscape unlike any other. Let the striking red dirt, massive rock formations, and cliff facings inspire you, as it has done for generations.
The millennial of the nation’s state parks, Red Rock was opened and dedicated on October 19, 1991. Before being purchased by the Arizona State Parks Board in an effort to open this unique area to the public, this land was a part of Smoke Trail Ranch. Once acquired by the state, preservation of the riparian habitat began and was soon open for public exploration.
The park has an abundance of plants, interesting geological formations, and wildlife. The diverse landscape is a treasure trove of information, affording the park the opportunity to focus on environmental education. This treasure in the desert also affords the perfect habitat for a multitude of bird species that call the park home year-round, or just during the winter.
Whatever your interest, the park can cater to it. The visitor center features rotating exhibits, a theater, and classrooms that reveal the history and science behind this interesting habitat. When it’s lunchtime, enjoy a bite to eat at picnic tables, ramadas, and shelters scattered throughout the Twin Cypress area, which take full advantage of the scenic views.
For the active outdoorsman, 10 developed trails also offer scenic sights. Take a quiet hike and meander around red rock cliffs and Oak Creek. Sedona is a mountain biker’s mecca and red rock delivers with dusty trails full of fun twists, turns, and jumps. Horses are also welcome and are a great way to see this area as the cowboys and settlers did.
Get a little education with daily guided nature walks lead by naturalists who know the best parts of the park and its mysteries. Guided bird walks are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and are also lead by naturalists who know where the regulars stay and where the migrators hangout.
Stay under the stars at one of Sedona’s many campgrounds or RV parks. Sedona also offers options for hotels and resorts. Whichever way you choose to stay, you’ll never be far from amazing views of this iconic destination.
Open daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336