The sandstone formations of the Red Rocks have their color because they contain traces of iron. The redness is rust.
In July, average daytime highs are 91 degrees Fahrenheit, and in January the average nighttime lows are 21 degrees Fahrenheit.
The area was once home to Yavapi Apaches, who were removed by force in 1875. Some of these Indians returned after 1900.
The Red Rock park is a habitat for cougars, coyotes, deer and otters. The presence of Oak Creek, which runs all year around, also means mud turtles and fish (including trout) are found there.
Tree species that can be found in the park include Fremont Cottonwood, Sycamore, Velvet Ash, Arizona Alder, Velvet Mesquite, Netleaf Hackberry and Juniper.
The process to create Red Rock State Park began in the early 1980s, with the park opening in October 1991.
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