Spring Events at Homolovi State Park include Guided Walks, Hikes, Lecture & Star Party
March 30, 2016
PHOENIX - Park Rangers at Homolovi State Park in Winslow will educate visitors about the sacred Hopi land the park resides on at guided walks, hikes and lectures in April and May 2016. There will also be a Star Party featured on April 15 and May 20 at the Park.
Hopi Pottery Talks – April 9 & May 14 at 9 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. Day use fee of $7 is required.
Star Party – April 15 & May 20 at 6 p.m.: 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.
Petrified Wood Walk – April 16 at 9:30 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. Day use-fee of $7 is required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.
Homolovi IV West Petroglyph Hike – April 23 & May 7 at 9:30 a.m.:Join a Park Ranger on a hike to the Homolovi IV West Petroglyph Site. This tour will explore some of the park’s prehistoric petroglyphs. The tour will require approximately 3/4 mile of walking (estimated time two hours), round trip, across natural landscape and modest boulder scrambling, viewing an approximately 10-acre area. Day use-fee of $7 is required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.
Tsu’vö Loop Trail and Petroglyphs – April 30 & May 28 at 9:30 a.m.: Join a Park Ranger on a two-mile hike (estimated time 1:45 hours) to the Tsu’vö Petroglyph Site. This easy hike through upper-Sonoran grassland will explore some of the park’s prehistoric petroglyphs and offers panoramic views of the Little Colorado River Valley. Day use-fee of $7 is required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.
Homolovi II Pueblo and Archaeological Conservancy Petroglyph Hike – May 21 at 9:30 a.m.: Join a Park Ranger on a hike to the Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo and Petroglyph Site. This tour will explore some of the park’s prehistoric petroglyphs and the Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo. The tour will require approximately 1.3 miles of walking (estimate time two hours), round trip, across natural landscape and modest boulder scrambling, steep terrain and loose gravels. Day use-fee of $7 is required. Tour starts at the Homolovi State Park Visitor Center.
Transit of Mercury crossing the Sun – May 9 from 5 to 11:30 a.m.: SW U.S. the transit will be in progress at sunrise around 5:23 a.m. MST. Mercury will be midway across the sun by 7:30 a.m. MST and leave the solar disk around 11:30 a.m. MST. Mercury transits are more frequent than Venus transits since it orbits the sun about 3 times faster than Venus. The last Mercury transit was in 2006 and the next two will be 2019 & 2032. Compared to human lifespans this transit schedule still gives one pause to try to see them at every opportunity. Mark your calendar and get out your scope with a white light solar filter or Ha filter. Winslow-Homolovi Observatory (WHO) Homolovi State Park Visitor Center. Day use-fee of $7 is required.
Homolovi, one of a series of many ancient Hopi pueblos found in the Southwest, offers the public the opportunity to begin their journey into Hopi life and culture. Like the modern visitor making their way to Hopi, Homolovi was a stop for the ancestral Hopi people along their migration route, eventually moving on and settling at one of the current Hopi villages.
For more information about Homolovi State Park call (928) 289-4106 or visit AZStateParks.com. Homolovi State Park is located five miles northeast of the city of Winslow in northeastern Arizona. Homolovi State Park’s campground is convenient to I-40 and accommodates large rigs, as well as tent camping. The Park Entrance Fee is $7 per vehicle with up to 4 adults. Tent campsites to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $25.
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