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Classroom in the red rocks.

FIVE MILES SOUTH OF SEDONA, Arizona, the new Red Rock State Park Center for Environmental Education provides an inspiring setting for learning about the region's ecology and geology while enjoying hiking, bird-watching, and nature programs.

Park boundaries take in 286 acres of red rock formations and riparian vegetation. Five hiking trails, plus equestrian and bike trails, are expected to be open this spring. Trail users may spot bobcats, beavers, skunks, squirrels, mule deer, or any of 135 species of birds, including a pair of rare black hawks that nests there (the nest itself is off-limits to visitors). Guided nature hikes are offered in the afternoons.

At the visitor center are a theater for slide programs and lectures, exhibits highlighting the ecological diversity of the region, and a patio that attracts hummingbirds and picnickers. There's also an outdoor classroom, and a 1930s home atop a mesa that will be converted to a conference center.

The park is open for day use only, although overnight camping will be offered to special groups. No pets are allowed. Hours are 8 to 5 daily; admission is $3 per car through March, $5 April through September.

From Sedona, take U.S. Highway 89A south 5 miles to Lower Red Rock Loop Road, then turn left and go 3 miles to the park entrance. For more details, call (602) 282-6907.
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Date:Mar 1, 1992
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