The Flagstaff Area Monuments Celebrates Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March ...
Contact: Cecilia Shields, 928-526-1157 x228
CAN YOU DIG IT?
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - Do you "dig" archeology? So do the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Throughout the month of March, visit Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater Volcano to learn more about the amazing science of archeology and how it is used in your National Parks and Monuments. There won't be any digging, but it will be a lot of fun for the whole family.
In the Flagstaff Area National Monuments alone, over 3,000 archeological sites have been recorded to date. Some of the artifacts found in the monuments are over ten thousand years old. Through a combination of archeological information and the oral traditions of present-day tribes, we are able to help visitors learn more about how the Ancestral Puebloan people lived and how their descendants continue many of the traditions and life-ways today.
To celebrate the incredible history and the unique environments of the Flagstaff National Monuments, we will be offering guided Discovery Hikes, evening Lantern Hikes, and kids' Craft Days. All events are family friendly. Guided Discovery Hikes and Lantern Hikes require reservations.
For information and reservations to the events, contact Lisa Baldwin, 928-526-1157 x233 or Lisa_Baldwin@nps.gov
Join NPS archeologists in an evening walk back in time around Wupatki Pueblo and see into the lives of those who lived here 800 years ago. Various artifacts from Wupatki Pueblo will be on display. (Suitable for children, not wheelchair accessible, reservations required.)
Join NPS archeologists on an evening hike to the historic Ranger Cabin. Built in 1904, this cabin served as the first headquarters and museum for what was to become Walnut Canyon National Monument. Come learn about this cabins unique history and see what archeologists are doing to preserve it. (Suitable for children, not wheelchair accessible, reservations required.)
The staff at the Flagstaff Area National Monuments would like to encourage monument friends and neighbors to take advantage of the activities honoring Archeology Month.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is located 7.5 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at 928.526.3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca.
Wupatki National Monument is 37 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and www.nps.gov/wupa.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at 928.526.0502 and www.nps.gov/sucr.
All three monuments are open daily, except December 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The entrance fee is $5.00 per person for visitors 16 and over. America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold.
For additional information on other Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month activities around the state, check the Arizona State Parks website at www.azstateparks.com/shpo/index.html
Did You Know?
Wupatki Pueblo was an important center for trade, judging from the exotic items found there. These include copper bells from Mexico, shell beads, and the remains of more than 40 macaws from Mesoamerica.