Petrified Forest National Park is celebrating the 28th Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month with tours of historic and archeological sites, hikes to special places that most visitors don’t get to see and family oriented activities.
Park activities and programs include:
* Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark tours, 12 noon daily. Meet the ranger at the inn for this easy walk around the historic building and discover this charming historic inn.
* Puerco Pueblo tour, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Meet the ranger at the Puerco Pueblo trailhead and explore an ancestral Puebloan village.
* Make Your Own Crafts Workshops from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays in March. These are perfect for families and kids. Events will be held in the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee) and the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark (entrance fee applies). The schedule includes: March 25, postcards and souvenirs, Painted Desert Visitor Center.
* Sandbox Archaeology: Be an Archaeologist, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in March. Children will have an opportunity to excavate in a sandbox for artifacts that reflect the long human history of the park. Activities are led by a park ranger. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center (no fee).
* Historic Route 66 Hike with an Archeologist, 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Join this moderate-to-difficult, two-mile round trip, off-trail walk (sand and difficult footing) with a park archeologist. Hikers will see some of the historic and prehistoric sites of the Petrified Forest National Park. Suitable for children ages 8 and older. Meet at the Painted Desert Visitor Center. Be prepared with appropriate shoes, hat, sunscreen and lots of water. For reservations, please call (928) 524-6228, ext. 274. If leaving a message, include your name, how many will be attending and a phone number.