Celebrate National Park Week in April
Contact: Hallie Larsen, (928) 524-6228 ext. 274
Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates National Park Week in April 2007
Petrified Forest, AZ — National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of your national parks. The theme of this year’s National Park Week—April 22-29—is Your National Parks: Explore, Learn, and Protect. Your National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer—our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. This year, take a moment, an hour, a day to visit the national parks near you.
During National Park Week, Petrified ForestNational Park will offer Behind the Scenes and Off the Beaten Path programs along with the many programs we offer every day, a national park scavenger hunt, and national park display at Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. In addition, National Junior Ranger Day is on April 28. The park will be giving special certificates and awards for Junior Rangers earning their badge that day. There will also be a 1-hour, family-friendly hike on the Blue Mesa Trail at 1:00 p.m.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.