Field Trip

Hydrogeology & Geology of the Red Rocks of Sedona & Oak Creek Watershed

Hosted by the Oak Creek Watershed Council

Date: September 19 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm*; meet at Red Rock Ranger Visitor Center by 9:00am
Cost: $45

*Round-trip transportation for a limited number of people will be available at 6:00am. Self-drive and carpooling arrangements will be made in advance for any remaining participants.


oakCreekWe’ll meet at the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center, tour the geology exhibit, and watch a short presentation of the Oak Creek Watershed Council film, Loved to Death, The Story of Oak Creek. The field trip will also include various stops throughout the scenic red rocks, Oak Creek Canyon, and the waters of Page Springs. Stops will include Sedona Airport Mesa, Oak Creek Canyon Indian Gardens, Devils Kitchen Sink Hole, Graben Fault, and Page Springs Hatchery, among others. Participants will lean about the local hydrology and geology of the Oak Creek watershed and Verde Valley. After the final stop, you can join in at Javelina Leap Winery for wine and food tasting, right across the road from the Page Springs Hatchery.

Trip Leaders

Paul Lindberg is an Arizona Registered Geologist, Certificate #22226, who has resided in Sedona since 1971. Although his field expertise is the structural geology of metallic ore deposits, he continues to conduct geology studies of local area faulting, sinkhole development, rock age dating, and interpretation of the geologic history of the Verde Valley region. Paul is a member of AHS, the Geological Society of America, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Society of Economic Geologists.

Gail Clement is a Registered Professional Geologist with more than 30 years of experience as an environmental consultant, manager, and regulator. She is the founder of G.M. Clement & Associates, Inc. Her expertise includes technical investigations, management of complex negotiations, and development / implementation of community and public relations programs. The past chair of the Oak Creek Watershed Council, Gail resides in Oak Creek Canyon.

Charlie Ester, a 32-year veteran of SRP, is currently manager of Water Resource Operations, the group responsible for watershed monitoring, runoff forecasting, reservoir operations planning, and drought preparedness. Charlie is a past chair / current board member of the Oak Creek Watershed Council and member of Healthy Headwaters – Carpe Diem West. He promotes SRP’s Watershed Stewardship role through a collaborative research program with Arizona’s three state universities and the 4 Forests Restoration Initiative.

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