The Friends of the Forest Sedona host walks, talks, exhibits, and other events in the Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and Verde Valley area throughout the year. Most events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration may be required.
Ancient Peoples. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney, on an easy 1/2 mile round-trip walk to explore an ancient Pueblo built along a small canyon. Meet at the trailhead for Lomaki/Box Canyon Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument. Drive north on H-89 and take the Sunset Crater Loop Road (Forest Service Rd. 545). This road can be accessed near milepost 430 & milepost 444. Park entrance fees apply.
Join Rangers Steve and Lois on a hike to the Arizona National Scenic Trail into mountain meadows with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks. Loop down to Little Spring where C. Hart Merriam set up camp for his study of climate zones.
Difficulty: moderate ascent to 8800 feet. Bring water, snacks/lunch, and trekking poles. From Flagstaff, go north on US-180 for 22 miles. Turn right onto the second FR 151 intersection just past milepost MP 235. Go 1.6 miles to a fork, and continue right on FR 151 another 0.8 mile to a small meadow and park at the junction with FR 418B.
July 1, 2016, 11AM: Come see a brief history of Sedona from 1876 to the 20th century illustrated by historic photos, stories, and anecdotes. Presented by Janeen Trevilyan, Historian for the Sedona Heritage Museum. Space limited to 40 participants.
Here's your chance to safely take a look at the surface of the sun and learn about its properties! Come on down to Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center to view and learn about the sun. Park entrance fees apply.
8:00-8:45 pm. Volcanoes of North America. Come listen in to a tale about the fiery effects of volcanoes in northern Arizona and beyond. Pictures of awe-inspiring eruptions and the stories of one man’s traveling adventures will inspire you to embark on your own bold wanderings! Program conducted by volunteer park ranger Eric Zelif at Bonito Campground.
July 2, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. The Health of the Forest. Join rangers Karen and Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and explore all about the health of the landscape. No dogs please. Meet at the campground amphitheater.
Join us in celebrating incredible dark skies and inspiring starscapes Astronomy presentation will take place from 8:00 - 8:45 PM, and telescope/star viewings from 8:45 - 10:30PM. Come on down to Lava Flow Trail at Sunset Crater Volcano. Contact the Sunset Crater Volcano visitor center at 928-526-0502 for more information.
July 2 & 3, 9AM - 4PM: Live rattlesnake display presented by Arizona Game and Fish volunteers Russel Dunn and Karen McClelland. Come see live rattlesnakes! You will also have the chance to handle non-venomous snakes.
July 3, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. The Health of the Forest. Join rangers Eric for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and explore all about the health of the landscape. No dogs please. Meet at the Dairy Springs Campground amphitheater.
10:00-11:00am. Lower O’Leary Hike. Join volunteer Rangers Jeff and Donna Cooney on a beautiful ramble up the lower elevations of O'Leary Peak for a great opportunity to learn and experience the geologic wonders, plants, and birds of the area. The walk is easy, level walking, and is approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet at the O’Leary trailhead. Take H-89 north out of Flagstaff, turn right on Sunset Crater Rd. (FS Rd. 545) and drive 1.8 miles, turn left for the O’Leary Group Campground and park at the trailhead just past the turn for the O’Leary campsite.
8:00-8:45pm. Grand Tours. Come discover the Grand Circle! Join a ranger to hear about National Park Service sites around northern Arizona and southern Utah. Meet ranger Floy Healer at the Bonito Campground amphitheater to learn more.
July 9, 2016 8:00PM - 8:45PM Seldom Seen. Guided Nature Walk at Dairy Springs Campground: Join a ranger for an easy 1/3 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail and uncover the mysterious things that are difficult to see and often overlooked. No dogs please. Meet at the Dairy Springs Campground Amphitheater.
Come join a ranger at the amphitheater for a 45 minute chat and discover the wonders of our universe that have captivated people's curiosities since the Stone Age. Meet at the Pinegrove Campground amphitheater.