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

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Programs, Activities, and Events

02-24-13_0952 Eric's Puerco River Petroglyph Hike

Puerco River Petroglyph Hike with Volunteer Eric

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Programs, Activities, and Events

Starting May 25, Daily:
11am and 3pm Painted Desert Inn Tours at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark
3:30pm Triassic Park Talk at Rainbow Forest Museum

Ongoing: Keep an eye out for roving rangers! As staffing allows, rangers rove park areas to include Puerco Pueblo, Crystal Forest, and Giant Logs.

 
Puerco Pueblo summer solstice petroglyph

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Summer solstice marker viewing June 18-24
Around the world, cultures have been fascinated with the passage of seasons and movements of the sun and moon, to include the prehistoric people of the Southwest. Solar markers (petroglyphs that interact with sunlight and shadow to mark solstices and equinoxes) are found throughout the Colorado Plateau, including the Petrified Forest area.

One of these solar markers is located at Puerco Pueblo, an archeological site eleven miles from the north entrance of the park. A short paved trail leads through Puerco Pueblo to a boulder, featuring a small spiral petroglyph that marks the summer solstice. Around summer solstice time, a shaft of sunlight is projected onto the boulder and travels down to touch the center of the spiral, peaking about 9 am. Schedules allowing, a ranger will be onsite between 8:30 am and 9:30 am daily to help visitors enjoy and understand this experience.

 

Jun 20 - Dec 20, 2014: United Catalysts presents Postcards from the Iron Camera, an exhibit at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. Viewing Hours: 10am to 5pm Daily. Opening Reception: 3pm-5pm, light refreshments, meet the artists, on June 20. For more information click here.

Friday and Saturday July 11 & 12, 2014: The park will participate in Wild West Days in Holbrook, celebrating our Western Heritage at the Navajo County Courthouse: activities include arts and crafts, races, car show, quilt show, art exhibit, American Indian dancing, Junior Rodeo and more. http://holbrookchamberofcommerce.com/m/events/view/Wild-West-Days-2014

Friday and Saturday August 8-9, 2014: The park will participate in the Holbrook Route 66 Festival at Heward Park will have a car show and races, the park will offer archeological tours along the old Route 66 alignment on Friday and Sunday August 8 and 10 Route 66 Relic Tour. Potato car races, sock hop, "Come get your Pics" Scavenger Hunt, dirtiest car contest. http://holbrookchamberofcommerce.com/m/events/view/Route-66-Festival

Wednesday through Sunday Sepember 10-14, 2014
: Navajo County Fair in Holbrook. The park's booth will feature the theme "More Spectacular than Ever," highlighting new areas and activities in the park. http://www.navajocountyfair.com/

Saturday September 27, 2014
: National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands. This year marks the 21st annual celebration! An event will be determined in the park and posted on the website. http://www.publiclandsday.org/

 
Alice and Angeline

Alice Hawthorne and Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weavers

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The Cultural Demonstrator Program
8/01 Lincoln & Bessie Shepherd, Navajo Woodcarvers and Silversmiths

8/02 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/03 Lincoln & Bessie Shepherd, Navajo Woodcarvers and Silversmiths

8/04 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/05 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/06 Alice Hawthorne & Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/07 Jane Benally, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/08 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

8/09 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

8/10 6th Annual Art Market at the Painted Desert Visitor Center 10:00 am to 4:00pm

8/11 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

8/12 Lincoln & Bessie Shepherd, Navajo Woodcarvers and Silversmiths

8/13 Jane Benally, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/14 Alice Hawthorne & Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/15 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/16 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/17 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/18 Teddy & Rebecca Goodluck, Navajo Silversmith and Beading

8/19 Alberta and Weaver Selina, Hopi Basketry and Silversmithing

8/20 Jane Benally, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/21 Lincoln & Bessie Shepherd, Navajo Woodcarvers and Silversmiths

8/22 Alice Hawthorne & Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/23 Otto Lucio, Zuni Silversmith

8/24 Otto Lucio, Zuni Silversmith

8/25 Alice Hawthorne & Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/26 Jane Benally, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/27 Alberta and Weaver Selina, Hopi Basketry and Silversmithing

8/28 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

8/29 Alice Hawthorne & Angeline Murphy, Navajo Weaving and Beading

8/30 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

8/31 Justin & Irene Morris, Navajo Silversmiths

Did You Know?

spiral petroglyph marks the summer solstice

Petroglyphs are sometimes calendars, marking events like the summer solstice with interactions between the glyph, the sun, and natural landscape features.