Petrified Forest National Park Celebrates Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

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Date: February 26, 2015
Contact: Sarah Herve, 928-524-6228 x 264

Petrified Forest, AZ —March is Arizona Archaeology and
Heritage Awareness Month. Events throughout Arizona celebrate the state's
cultural history with special presentations. We invite you to join us at Petrified Forest National
Park with the following events in March:

Archaeology Exhibit
WHERE: Painted Desert Inn
WHAT: Enjoy an exhibit that showcases the 10,000+ year human history of
Petrified Forest
WHEN: Daily, 10am-4pm

Cultural Demonstrations
WHERE: Painted Desert Inn
WHAT: Cultural demonstrators with ancestral ties to the area share engaging
skills and traditions
WHEN: Daily, 10am–4pm

Puerco Pueblo Tour
WHERE: Puerco Pueblo
WHAT: Explore remains of an ancestral Puebloan village. 0.3 mile (0.5 km) walk
on a paved loop. Immediately following, an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) walk on a
dirt road will occur for those interested in seeing additional park petroglyphs
WHEN: The following Fridays - March 6, 13 &the following Saturdays–March
7, 14, 21, 28 Allow 45 minutes for the Puerco Pueblo walk, 60 minutes more for
the additional petroglyphs
NOTE: Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, water, sunscreen

Harvey Girls
WHERE: Painted Desert Inn
WHAT: Interact with reenactors and enjoy artifacts of the famous Fred Harvey
Company
WHEN: Saturday March 28, 10am–4pm

Guided Backcountry Hikes
WHERE: Locations vary; see below
WHAT: Enjoy guided hikes into lesser seen archaeological sites
NOTES: Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, water, sunscreen. Suitable for
children comfortable walking the distances associated with each hike; at least
eight years of age is recommended. For hikes that require advanced signup,
please contact Bill Reitze at (928) 524-6228, x268 or William_Reitze@nps.gov
WHEN: All hikes below begin at 10 am

Sunday March 8
Stagecoach Stop Hike: Hike to a historic stagecoach stop and enjoy petroglyphs
associated with the site. Hike is about 2 mi (3.2 km) round trip on varied, uneven
terrain. The hike is limited to 15 people and advanced signup is required.
Allow about 3 hours

Wednesday March 11:
Agate Mesa Hike: Hike in the park's central area looking at Puebloan
archaeology. Hike about 1.6 mi (2.4 km) round trip on varied, uneven terrain. The
hike is limited to 15 people and advanced signup is required. Allow about 2
hours

Sunday March 15:
McCreery Pueblo Hike: Hike to an impressive 800-year-old great kiva site;this
site is normally closed to the public. Hike is about 1.6 mi (2.4 km) round trip
on varied, uneven terrain. The hike is limited to 15 people and advanced signup
is required. Allow about 2 hours

Wednesday March 25:
Historic Route 66 Hike: Petrified Forest is the only National Park with a
portion of Route 66 inside its boundaries! Enjoy a 2 mi (3.2 km) round trip hike
along an old roadbed portion of the Mother Road to learn of its important
history. No advanced signup is required. Meet at Painted Desert Visitor Center.
Allow about 2 hours

Monday March 30:

Lacey Point Hike: Hike off trail into the Painted Desert to discover some of
the best petroglyphs in the park. Hike is approximately 2.5 mi (4 km) round
trip on varied uneven terrain, and is considered moderately difficult. The hike
is limited to 15 people and advanced signup is required. Allow about 3 hours

All events at Petrified Forest National Park are included with the normal price
of admission. For a listing of events
statewide visit
AZStateParks.com/Archy .



Last updated: February 27, 2015

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Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

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