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Summer solstice marker viewing June 14-28
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. A ranger will be onsite between 8:30 am and 9:30 am daily to help visitors enjoy and understand this experience.
Story in the Stars ranger program and stargazing June 15
On Friday June 15, join a ranger at Kachina Point (adjacent to the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark) for a Story in the Stars presentation, followed by naked-eye stargazing at the same location. The presentation will begin immediately following sunset at 7:35 pm MST. Park gates close at 8 pm, so ensure you are at Kachina Point before then! Bring a flashlight and, if you like, your own stargazing equipment. No reservations are required and all are welcome.
For information call (928) 524-6228; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028. E-mail the park Superintendent. You can also follow the park on Facebook as PetrifiedForestNPS and Twitter as PetrifiedNPS.