|Page Springs & Bubbling Ponds Hatchery|
Located between Sedona and Cottonwood along scenic Oak Creek, two fish hatcheries attract wildlife year-round.<br><br>
The Page Springs Hatchery is the state’s largest trout growing facility, while nearby Bubbling Ponds Hatchery raises warmwater fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth b...
Red Rock State Park
|Description: Spectacular red rock cliffs frame this 286-acre nature preserve and environmental center on Oak Creek. Riparian tree species such as Fremont cottonwood, Goodding’s willow, Bonpland willow, Arizona walnut, Arizona sycamore, western soapberry and velvet ash thrive here, attracting rare and unique birds.|
Oak Creek is designated as a “Unique Water of Arizona.” The park, located at 3,800 to 4,200 feet elevation, is part of an Important Bird Area designated by the Audubon Society and a fine place to learn about birds. In addition to lush riparian habitat, Red Rock State Park offers chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodland. The blend of habitats makes this an important migratory stopover site for many kinds of songbirds.
Wildlife to Watch: Over 172 species of birds have been identified. During the warmer months, expect to see Anna’s black-chinned and broad-tailed hummingbirds at the feeders located at the visitor center. Rarely, you might see a magnificent hummingbird, and during the migration season, rufous hummingbirds frequent the feeders. Birds of prey include eight species of hawks, eagles, and falcons, including zone-tailed hawk, bald eagle and peregrine falcon. Breeding bird species of special interest include the wood duck, common merganser, yellow-billed cuckoo and common black-hawk.
Mammal species include the mule deer, javelina, river otter, ringtail, striped skunk and Arizona gray squirrel. Reptiles and amphibians include gopher snake, ring-necked snake, terrestrial gartersnake, western patch-nosed snake, striped and Sonoran whipsnakes, common kingsnake, black-tailed, western diamond-backed and Arizona black rattlesnakes, greater short-horned, plateau, ornate tree and Madrean alligator lizards, plateau striped whiptail, canyon treefrog, Woodhouse’s toad and Sonoran mud turtle. This is also an excellent place to view butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and other interesting invertebrates.
Special Tips: Many educational and interpretive programs are provided at the visitor center and throughout the park, including guided hikes, bird walks, and moonlight hikes.
For more information call 928-282-6907.
Other Activities: A 5-mile network of interconnecting loops lead to vistas of red rock or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek. Three major loops are the Eagle’s Nest, Apache Fire and Coyote Ridge Trails. The Kisva Trail connects these and leads up to the short loop of the Yavapai Ridge Trail. The Javelina Trail goes into the pinyon-juniper woodlands; Rattlesnake Ridge rises above a picnic area; and the Smoke Trail runs along Oak Creek. All trails start from the visitor center.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 286 acres
Closest Town: Sedona
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