Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

In Arizona the month of March is all about archeology. There are events around the state all month long, sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks, and the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission.

As units of the National Park Service, the Flagstaff Area National Monuments are happy to join the fun. Here are this year's events at Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments.
 

Flagstaff Area National Monuments
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To make reservations contact Ian Hough by calling 928-526-1157 x233 or by sending an e-mail with this link.

Public information at https://azstateparks.com/archy

Ranger Cabin Lantern Hike at Walnut Canyon

March 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Join a ranger and archeologist for an educational evening lantern hike to the historic Ranger Cabin—the monument’s first visitor center. Walk through old growth ponderosa pine forest and experience the beauty and solitude that greeted early monument visitors. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. From Flagstaff, travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south, and drive another 3 miles. Free entrance.

Sunset Crater Volcano Historic Archaeology Discovery Hike

March 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Join a Ranger for a fascinating discovery hike of the Apollo astronaut training sites around Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center, 6082 Sunset Crater Road. Regular entrance fees apply.

Archaeology Day at Wupatki

March 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Come experience what it is like to be an archeologist, and learn how they survey and use photography to understand and record the past. Hands-on activities will include a simulated archeological survey to look for artifacts, a view of Wupatki Pueblo through time, a photograph scavenger hunt, and throwing a spear with an atl-atl. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply.

Ancient Architecture Stabilization Demonstration at Walnut Canyon

March 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Join NPS archeologists at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, and experience how archeologists preserve and protect ancient architectural remains. Archeologists will demonstrate stabilization and have hands-on activities including mixing mortar, stabilizing wall stones, and building a demonstration wall. This program is suitable for children and families and is wheelchair accessible. Meet at Walnut Canyon Visitor Center, 3 Walnut Canyon Rd. Travel east on Interstate 40; take Exit 204 south and drive another 3 miles. Regular entrance fees apply.

Backcountry Tour of Wupatki National Monument Agriculture Sites

March 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Join an archeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument to view ancestral pueblos, agricultural fields, and other agricultural features. The park archeologist will describe the agricultural practices used in the northern Southwest and engage visitors in a discussion about the ways in which people were able to thrive in this arid environment. Reservations required, limit 15. This program is suitable for children and families; not wheelchair accessible. Meet at Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Regular entrance fees apply.

Last updated: February 12, 2017

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