Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
Red Rock Ranger Station Vistor Center Exterior
Red Rock Pass Sold Here!

The Red Rock Ranger Station has an amazing visitor center where visitors and locals alike will enjoy learning about the area’s many scenic wonders and world class recreation opportunities.


Services offered at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center

  • Recreation Activity/Trip Planning Assistance
  • Detailed Trail/Road Information
  • Free Forest Recreation Guide with map
  • Arizona Natural History Association Store (Maps, Books, Gifts)
  • Sale of Red Rock Passes (Daily, Weekly and Annual only)
  • Sale of Federal Recreational Lands Passes  (America the Beautiful)
  • Sale of Forest Product Permits (personal use fuelwood, rock for landscaping)
  • General Forest information

Environmental Education Services and Exhibits

Here is a brief overview of the services and exhibits offered at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center. For more detail, see Environmental Educational Services and Exhibits. View a photo album on Flickr

Inside the visitor center building:

  • Plan Your Trip Interactive recreational trip planning.
  • Stories In Stone: Red Rock Country geology display.
  • Honor the Past: Human timeline of the Verde Valley Area.
  • The Mosaic of Life: Interactive display highlights the 7 biotic communities found in the region.
  • Fire: Nature’s Housekeeper: Meet a Forest Service firefighter and learn the vital role fire plays.

Outside Displays: Native plant garden, Smokey Bear, and stunning views!

Additional Educational Opportunities: Special programs, events, and school tours.

See News and Events to get a listing of upcoming events in the Red Rock Ranger District and throughout the Forest.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: View hours
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Village of Oak Creek, AZ; Sedona, AZ; Camp Verde, AZ; Cottonwood, AZ
Restroom: Flush toilets (open during business hours)
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District 928-203-2900

General Information


Location: The Red Rock Ranger Station and Visitor Center are both located 6 miles north of the I-17 junction on State Route 179. This location is also one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek (Big Park). Look for the large brown and cream colored sign and turn lane into the compound.

GPS (Map): 34°45'25.9"N 111°45'51.3"W

Address: 8375 Hwy 179, Sedona, AZ 86351 

General Notes:

Restroom facilities are available at the visitor center along with drinking water fountains.

Pets are not permitted in any federal buildings, including the visitor center and administrative building (GPO: 41 CFR 102-74.425). Service animals are the only exception. Both the visitor center and administrative buildings have large front porch areas where pets are welcome. All pets must be on a leash and accompanied by a responsible person. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pet.


Park your car in the upper, northern most parking area by the visitor center. Limited bus and large vehicle parking is available only along the north perimeter curb between the visitor center and the administrative building. There is only room for 3 buses or large vehicles at one time.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife

Part of the native rain garden is dedicated to our fascinating local hummingbirds.

Viewing Plants

Outside of our visitor center is a native plant rain garden featuring many classic local plants, water harvesting techniques, and how some of the plants were used by native peoples in the area. Part of the garden is dedicated to our fascinating local hummingbirds. 

Viewing Scenery

Visitor Programs

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Related Information

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