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Nature Hikes, Historic Talks on Tap at Red Rock State Park

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Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona, a 286-acre nature preserve and environmental education center, offers the perfect backdrop for fall nature hikes and historic talks.

Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock.
If you're looking for a way to enjoy some great scenery and tap into some interesting ideas, Red Rock SP has an interesting October lineup for you.

On Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. in the park theater, Brooks D. Simpson, professor of history at Arizona State University, will present "American Presidential Elections in Historical Perspective."

How has the selection and election process evolved throughout the period since the first election in 1789? What characteristics have remained largely unchanged? How do candidates and parties appeal to voters? What role do issues play?

This presentation will give us a greater understanding of the American political process. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Call (928) 282-6907 for additional information or restrictions. Program is free with park admission.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, visitors can join a volunteer on a guided geology hike through Red Rock State Park. Learn why the rocks are red, where they came from, where they are going and more.

This hike includes the Eagle's Nest Trail for a great view of the park and surrounding area. More than just a guided hike, this is an interpretive experience for the beginner as well as advanced geologist. The hike lasts for 2 to 2.5 hours and has a 250-foot elevation climb. Enjoy an afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteer guide as he explains the rock formations that create the scenic backdrop of Red Rock State Park.

The last Moonlight Hike of the season will be on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. An unforgettable experience, the hike includes a naturalist-led interpretive presentation along the park's beautiful trails. Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon.

The hike lasts 2 to 2 .5 hours, has an elevation climb of 200-250 feet and covers approximately 2 miles. The hike leaves promptly from the Visitor Center at 5 p.m. (please arrive 30 minutes early). No late arrivals will be allowed to join. Wear appropriate hiking shoes (no sandals) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. Reservations are required. Please call for additional information at (928) 282-6907.

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The park offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. Additionally the picnic area and classrooms may be reserved for public or private functions. There are also a number of daily and weekly Park Events.

Park facilities include a visitors center, classroom, theater, gift shop, picnic tables, 10 developed trails, restrooms, and group area with Ramada and facilities. The restrooms are handicapped accessible. Camping facilities are not available at this park.

The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye.

Arizona's famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat, the land-based ecosystem closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.

Editor's note: OldWestNewWest.Com Thanks Arizona State Parks for their help with this story.

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