Besides being home to famous national parks such as Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro, Arizona boasts 35 state parks and state historic parks. In our own backyard, we have Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks. Nearby, you can visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park or Fort Verde State Historic Park. Just up the road in Flagstaff, you can explore local history at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park.
To learn more about Arizona’s state parks, join award-winning travel writer Roger Naylor at 10:30 a.m. in the community room at Sedona Public Library on Tuesday, November 5. At this program, Roger will share excerpts and photos from his latest book, “Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State.”
During his presentation, the author will describe the scenic wonders, rich history, and recreational opportunities found in Arizona state parks. He will recommend some of the best hiking, camping, fishing, boating, stargazing, and wildlife watching. His book also features attractions, activities, and popular events near each state park.
Ashley M. Biggers, author of “Eco-Travel New Mexico: 86 Natural Destinations, Green Hotels, and Sustainable Adventures,” writes about Roger’s book, “With his been-there-hiked-that approach, Roger Naylor has created a definitive guide to Arizona’s thirty-five state parks and natural areas. He takes us there with evocative prose, inviting us to journey into the backcountry for epic hikes, family-friendly swimming holes, and remarkable natural wonders.”
A Cottonwood resident, Roger Naylor is one of Arizona’s premier travel writers. In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His work appears most weeks in the Arizona Republic. He has also written for The Guardian, USA Today, The Week, Arizona Highways, Go Escape, and dozens of other publications. He is the author of several books, including The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon, Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers, and Arizona Kicks on Route 66. For more information, visit www.rogernaylor.com.
Roger Naylor’s speaker program is free and open to the public. Everyone who attends the event will receive a free day pass for Arizona state parks. The author’s books will be for sale following the program, and he will be available to sign them. If you purchase a copy of “Arizona State Parks,” you will receive a free copy of the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Magazine. These magazines are only available at the Grand Canyon or from Roger.
This program is supported by a grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support of Friends of the Sedona Library, the City of Sedona, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, businesses and foundations, and individuals like you. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, or can be made online at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library
Column for October 25, 2019
Written by Cheryl L. Yeatts, Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village
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