Homolovi State Park Celebrates 31 Years with Special Hike and other Spring Events in March and April

March 15, 2017

PHOENIX - Park Rangers at Homolovi State Park near Winslow will educate visitors about the sacred Hopi land the park resides on at guided walks, hikes and lectures in March and April 2017. The Park will also celebrate its 31st Anniversary on March 23 and feature a Star Party on March 18 and April 22 at the Park.
 
The cost for each event is the $7 per vehicle fee for up to 4 adults. For more information about Homolovi State Park visit AZStateParks.com/homolovi or call (928) 289-4106. Homolovi State Park is located five miles northeast of the city of Winslow in northeastern Arizona.

Star Party - March 18 & April 22: - Start Time is 25 minutes before sunset:  Imagine what you can see in the sky at Homolovi State Park. The sky promises spectacular views of ghostly nebulae, star clusters, the moon's cratered landscapes, and Venus' crescent phases. Bring a chair, red illumination flashlight, refreshments, and bug repellent. Picnic facilities and grills are available at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.

Happy 31st Anniversary, Homolovi - March 23 at 10 a.m.:  Celebrating the establishment of Homolovi State Park (1986) and the 60th Anniversary of Arizona State Parks and Trails (1957). Join Rangers on a two-mile hike to Diné Point (a scenic overlook of Homolovi State Park), Little Colorado River Valley and scenic vistas of the Little Painted Desert. Hike includes ½ mile Tsuvo Loop Trail and petroglyphs. (Note: The Arizona State Legislature established the Park in 1986 but it did not open to the public until 1993).

Brigham City Fort Tour - March 24 at 10 a.m.: Celebrating 141 years since colonization of the Little Colorado River Valley by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and ends at Brigham City Fort, National Register of Historic Places (LaPrade Lane & North Road). The Brigham City Fort Tour begins at 12:30 p.m. and includes exterior views of the Historic Mormon Fort and Historic Birthplace "McCormick" Cabin at the City of Winslow City Farm.

Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo Tour - March 25 at 10 a.m.:  Join a Park Ranger and explore a late 14th century Hopi Pueblo. For this tour, dress in layers, and bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking gear. Weather permitting. A portion of the tour is accessible via wheelchair. Call ahead to make reservations and to be informed about winter driving conditions. Tour is limited to 20 people. Reservations should be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or email Ranger Kenn Evans at [email protected].

Site Steward Conference theme: Cultural Crossroads - March 25-26:  The conference is designed for the 800 citizen volunteers who collect and monitor 1,700 archaeological sites across the state of Arizona in an effort to offset the impacts of illegal looting, vandalism, and reckless damage to archaeological sites. The chief objective of the program is to report to the land managers destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona.

Tsu'vö Loop Trail and Petroglyphs - April 1 at 9 a.m.:  Enjoy a hike along ancient trails with a Park Ranger. The tour will be approximately two miles on sandy trails to Diné Point and back. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat and bring water. Along the trail participants will be able to see petroglyphs from Homolovi's earliest pit-house period.  

Petrified Forest Walk - April 8 & April 22 at 9 a.m.:  Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi's mini-petrified forest. This tour will explore the park's paleontological history. The tour will require about one mile of walking (estimated time one hour), round-trip, across natural landscape, to view an approximately one-acre area of exposed petrified trees. The talk will describe the petrification process, the Triassic period, and the environment as it once was.

Hopi Pottery Talks - April 15 at 10 a.m.:  Join Park Ranger and Hopi Potter, Gwen Setalla for a discussion and demonstration of traditional Hopi pottery. She will explain how traditional pottery is made and talk about how to recognize authentic made pottery. This will be held at the park's visitor center and will last approximately 1½ hour.

Petroglyph Tour - April 22 at 9 a.m.:  Join a Park Ranger on a walk to Homolovi's mini-petrified forest. This will require participants to have their own vehicle. Please be prepared for weather and bring plenty of water as the tour will last approximately three hours. There will be approximately 1 ½ miles of walking on uneven terrain. Reservations should be made in advance by contacting the park at (928) 289-4106 or email Ranger Kenn Evans at [email protected].

WHAT:  Special Hike for 31st Anniversary, Star Party and Other Events
 
WHERE:  Homolovi State Park - Located five miles northeast of the city of Winslow. Take Interstate 40 through Winslow then drive north on Highway 87.    

WHEN:  March and April 2017 (specific dates above)

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