• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month

Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month March 2014
From Desert to Mountain: Valuing Our Heritage

Saturdays in March: March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014
Cultural Demonstrations:
a cultural demonstrator with ancestral ties to the area will share engaging skills and traditions. Enjoy any time between 10am-3pm at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark.
Contact: Kip Woolford
928-524-6228 x273
Kip_Woolford@nps.gov

Saturdays in March: March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014
Sandbox Archeology:
Children will excavate artifacts from a sandbox that reflect the rich human history of the park. This activity is led by a park ranger. Enjoy any time between 10am-12pm at Painted Desert Visitor Center.
Contact: Lauren Carter
928-524-6228 x276
Lauren_Carter@nps.gov

2 pm Saturdays in March: March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014
Puerco Pueblo Walk:
Join a ranger to explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village. O.3 mile walk on a paved loop, about 45 minute program. Meet the ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead, 11 miles from the north entrance (there is an entrance fee into the park).
Contact: Sarah Hervé
928 524-6228 x264
Sarah_Herve@nps.gov

Daily, March 1 - 31, during normal hours of Painted Desert Inn
Archeology Exhibit:
enjoy an exhibit that showcases the 13,000+ year human history of the Petrified Forest area at Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (north end of Petrified Forest National Park; there is an entrance fee into the park).
Contact: Bill Reitze
928 524-6228 x268
William_Reitze@nps.gov

10am Wednesdays in March
Guided Backcountry Hike:
Join a ranger or archeologist for a guided hike into areas of Petrified Forest National Park's backcountry. Each hike will showcase excellent examples of petroglyphs and the rich human history of the area. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, hat, sunscreen, water. Suitable for children if they are able to comfortably walk the distances associated with each hike; at least eight years of age is recommended. Approximately two hours long for each hike.

  • 10am Wednesdays March 5 and 19-Lacey Point Hike: Hike off-trail into the Painted Desert to discover some of the best petroglyphs in the park! Hike is approximately two miles round trip and is considered moderately difficult. Meet at 10am at Lacey Point approx. 5 miles from the north entrance of the park (there is an entrance fee into the park).
  • 10am Wednesdays March 12 and 26-Historic Route 66 Hike: Petrified Forest is the only National Park with a portion of Route 66 inside its boundaries! Enjoy a moderately difficult, two-mile round trip hike along this portion of the Mother Road to learn of its important history. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center at 10am (there is an entrance fee into the park).
Contact: Bill Reitze
928-524-6228 x268
William_Reitze@nps.gov
 
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Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.