Friday, May 3, 2013
Tough the park itself, with it's picturesque lake and excellent bird watching, is enough to schedule a visit, you
can spice up your Spring with Patagonia Lake SP's Annual Mariachi Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands live and on stage.
Featuring authentic Mexican food, you can also enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice! Visitors may also bring their own picnic basket and there will be a Piñata for the kids! Don’t forget to bring: Plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, and your party hat.
In addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks. Entrance Station Opens at 7 am. $15 Per Vehicle (up to four adults). Download Event Flier (319 KB PDF).
10:00 am: Mariachi Sonido De Mexico (Band)
11:00 am: Cholla High Magnet School (Band)
Noon: Dance Group Ballet Folklórico Tapatio (Dance Group)
1:00 pm: Mariachi Aztlan, Pueblo High School (Band)
2:00 pm: Nogales High School Apaches (Band)
3:00 pm: Mariachi Alegre (Band)
Monday, April 15, 2013
April 25: Moonlight Hike
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.
Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is offered. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to arrive approximately 30 minutes before starting time to insure participation.
No late arrivals can be allowed and reservations are required! When you call 928-282-6907, the arrival time will be given. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray. A $5.00 per person program fee is charged at the time of the reservation. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the park for a car of four adults. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival.
May 5: Sunday Lecture Series: Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind 2 pm. Dennis Jex will present hands-on and interactive opportunities with his program on Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind. The fun and educational presentation about snakes will be held in the Park theatre. Dennis will talk about the many facts and myths associated with snakes. You will also learn how to treat - or better yet - avoid snakebites, and how to relocate a snake, if necessary. Reservations are required due to limited space. Call the Park at 928-282-6907 to ensure a seat.
Live snakes will be used to enhance your "up close and personal" educational experience. Do you know snakes eat termites? Some eat scorpions, centipedes, cockroaches, and other insects. Do you know the first thing to do if you're bitten by a rattlesnake? Find out the answers to these and many other questions during this fun and interesting presentation. Visitors will have the opportunity to touch and hold non-venomous snakes for an entertaining and educational close encounter. At the end of the presentation, there will be time for questions. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Dennis Jex has presented educational programs throughout Arizona for several years. His passion for reptiles began at any early age, compelling him to be an advocate for their place on planet earth. He will familiarize you with these wonderful creatures and share fun and interesting information about them. Dennis also assists in field research projects for the benefit of snakes and lizards in Arizona.
Dennis is a strong support of Red Rock State Park, stating, "We are very fortunate to have Red Rock State Park here in Sedona. It's a special place in the heart of Red Rock Country that is a protected safe haven for many plants and animals, including snakes and lizards. Within its boundaries, the Park also protects a section of one of the most endangered ecosystems in the Southwest, the riparian area along Oak Creek. The Park maintains one of the best displays of flora and fauna, including identification books and pictures, that I have seen anywhere in Arizona. It's a good place to learn about local history, geology, and other aspects of the area as well. The Park offers an ongoing variety of public education programs. Red Rock State Park has a dedicated staff and excellent core of volunteers that enable visitors to have a high quality of educational experience on every visit. The Park holds a special place in my heart where I can go relish and rejoice in the nature experience."
May 12: Geology Hike
2 pm. Spring is perfect to join an experienced guide on a hike that focuses on the area's geology. Have you ever wondered why the rocks are red, where they came from, and where they are going? This experience will answer those questions while explaining the rock formations that create the scenic backdrop of Red Rock State Park.
The hike includes the Eagle's Nest Trail for great views while learning about the geology. More than a guided hike, it's an interpretive experience for beginners and advanced geologists. The hike lasts approximately two hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. Bring water and wear suitable shoes.
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 Theater, 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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cattail Cove SP will host the 7th Annual Geocache Desert Bash treasure hunt with a cactus walk, presentations, and food.
For those not familiar with Geocaching, it is related to orienteering where people find their way using a compass, except that Geocaching takes advantage of personal, handheld Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to seek out a specific location.
After the Geocache event treasure hunters and visitors are invited for a free raffle and cake starting at noon. A hot dog vendor will also be on site for lunch. Call the park at 928 855-1223 for more information.
This event won an AZTEC (Arizona Talent in Event Concepts) award for its official Arizona Centenntial Event Geo-Cache Bash on March 12 last year at the park south of Lake Havasu City. The AZTEC awards strive to recognize outstanding examples of festival and event production and promotion in the State of Arizona. The park was honored for "Best AZ Centennial Extra Element" which recognized the park for producing an added element to an existing annual event.
The annual geo-caching treasure hunt event features teams broken up into easy, moderate, and difficult cache groups and based on their specific missions set out to find treasures in the park using clues and their GPS systems.
Following the Geo-caching, teams returned to the campgrounds and were entered into raffles for a brand new Garmin GPS system as well as other prizes such as cooking spices, key chains, and more.
For more information visit the Cattail Cove State Park website.