Events all Month Long in Arizona!
For those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums. The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show also take place during this statewide event!
You can find a full listing of events taking place during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month by clicking here. Below you will find some highlighted events taking place in the Sedona area including Flagstaff, Rimrock, and Camp Verde. Events and times could change so please click on the site link for each event. We will update this page as more events are known.
Fort Verde State Historic Park
- Display: Mountain Men – Tools of the Trade
March 3rd, 2018 (10 am – 4 pm)
Rediscover Arizona’s history and heritage with a display and presentation of the tools used by Mountain Men, early high country settlers who braved the mountain climate to carve a life for themselves. Learn about how Mountain Men were important in opening up new territories. A must-visit for fans of “Jeremiah Johnson,” The History Channel’s “Mountain Men,” or Discovery’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”
- Presentation: Vintage Baseball Games
March 3rd & 17th, 2018 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Come cheer on vintage baseball players as they play a series of vintage baseball games.
- Display: Military Medics during the Indian Wars Period
March 10th, 2018 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Learn about early Frontier Army medical tools and equipment used by medics.
- Display: Ancient Indian Technology
March 17th & 18th, 2018 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Native Americans fashioned a variety of tools to help them survive the great American wilderness. Learn about ancient Indian technology they used, as well as the history of the Fort.
For more information on the events listed above please visit Fort Verde State Historical Park
Verde Valley Archaeology Center
- Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & International Archaeology Film Festival
March 17th – 18th, 2018
Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.
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Tuzigoot National Monument
- Hike and Presentation: Tuzigoot Pueblo
March 8th & 22nd, 2018 (2:00 pm)
Join NPS archaeologists who will provide a history of Tuzigoot Pueblo and answer frequently asked questions. Participants will walk around Tuzigoot Pueblo, approximately ½ mile. Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center, 25 W. Tuzigoot Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554.5086 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Tuzigoot National Monument.
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Flagstaff Ranger Station
- Hike: Tour of Turkey Tanks Archaeological District
March 3rd, 2018 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Explore the prehistoric and historic archaeology at Turkey Tanks. Join CNF archaeologists on a field visit to a place pivotal to both the prehistoric Sinagua and early Euro-American explorers and settlers of the Flagstaff area. The tour will require driving approximately 15 miles on pavement, followed by 1 mile of unmaintained dirt road. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. For more information please contact Jeremy Haines at 928.527.8261 or email@example.com
- Hike Tour of Lizard Man Village
March 10th, 2018 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Join CNF archaeologists on a visit to Lizard Man Village archaeological site, a Sinagua settlement east of Flagstaff. Lizard Man Village has been the focus of archaeological research since the 1980s and has provided many insights into the Sinagua culture, ancestral to the modern Hopi people. High clearance vehicles are not required, but highly recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. The hike is over uneven terrain. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N. Hwy 89. For more information please contact:Dagmar Galvan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hike: Astronaut Training Ground on the CNF
March 31st, 2018 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Join local archaeologists for a tour of an area used to train astronauts in the 1960s in advance of the Apollo mission to the moon. High clearance vehicles are not required, but highly recommended. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. The hike is over uneven terrain. A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip. Reservations required; limited to 15 people. Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N. Hwy 89. For more information please contact: Jeanne Schofer at 928.527.8259 or email@example.com.
Museum of Northern Arizona
- Program: Archaeology Day
March 10th, 2018 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Explore prehistoric Southwestern cultures by learning to use prehistoric hunting tools, examining artifacts, creating pictographs, and participating in hands-on demonstrations. Free with museum admission. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona or contact Jennnifer Glennon at 928.774.5211, ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Museum of Northern Arizona
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
- Tour and Hike: Sunset Crater Archaeological Sites
March 17th, 2018 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Join a Ranger for a fascinating discovery hike of archaeological sites in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothes. Meet up at the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Visitor Center, 6082 Sunset Crater Road. Reservations required, limited to 13 participants, first come, first served basis. Regular entrance fees apply.For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov. Visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
- Demonstrations: Walnut Canyon Hands-on Preservation Activity
March 31st, 2018 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join Flagstaff Area National Monuments for a fun-filled day of archaeology! Come experience how archaeologists protect archaeological buildings through preservation. Archaeologists will demonstrate how and why we stabilize archaeological buildings. Hands-on activities will include mixing and working with mortar, building demonstrations walls, and a stabilization simulation. Event takes place at the 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. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov. Visit Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
- Discovery Hike: Wupatki Pueblo
March 10th, 2018 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join an archaeologist for a guided hike into the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument to visit archaeological sites. The park archaeologist will describe settlement patterns, agricultural practices, and recent research as well as the history of the monument. Hike participants will meet at Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center, 25137 N. Wupatki Loop Rd. Reservations required; hike capacity is 13 participants. The hike will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Regular entrance fees apply.For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov.
- Demonstrations: Wupatki Craft Day
March 17th, 2018 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join Flagstaff Area National Monuments for a fun-filled day of archaeology! Come experience what it is like to be an archaeologist. Hands-on activities will include making replica artifacts, participating in a
photography scavenger hunt, throwing spears using an atlatl, and more. Regular entrance fees apply. For more information please contact Ian Hough 928. 526.1157, ext. 233, or Ian_Hough@nps.gov. Visit Wupatki National Monument
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Montezuma Castle National Monument
- Hike and Presentation: Montezuma Castle and Castle A Sites
March 15th & 29th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
Join NPS Archaeologists as they provide a history of the Park and answer frequently asked questions. Hike is approximately ¼ of a mile on a paved trail. Bring walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Please meet at the Visitor Center. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. Free with paid admission to the Park. For more information please contact Matt Guebard at 928.554-5086 or email@example.com. Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument
V Bar V Heritage Site
- Program: Spring Equinox Presentation and Agave Roast Demonstration
March 20th, 2018 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Learn about how agaves were roasted and utilized by the area’s Native American ancestors. Agaves will be prepared throughout the morning and put into the roasting pit around noon. At 1:00 pm, celebrate Spring Equinox by listening to a Forest Service volunteer share the many wonderful aspects of the solar calendar, which are part of the petroglyphs at the V Bar V Heritage Site. Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Bring snacks, water and a folding chair.This event will take place at the V Bar V Heritage Site. From I-17, take exit 298 (Hwy. 179) and turn southwest for 2.5 miles; go past the Beaver Creek Work Center and Beaver Creek Day Use Site, over the bridge, and turn right into the V Bar V driveway. No pets are allowed, Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green at 928.203.2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days
March 24th – 25th, 2018
Demonstrations include making fire by friction, throwing spears with atlatls, and making pottery. Learn about how beads, bows and arrows, and yucca fiber sandals were made by the ancestors of the Native Americans of this area. Taste roasted agave and learn about how native people used this amazing plant. Visit the petroglyph panel. Bring walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water. Red Rock Pass or equivalent entrance fee required per vehicle. For more information please contact Terrilyn Green 928.203.2909 or email@example.com or visit V Bar V Heritage Site.
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Red Rock Ranger Station
- Demonstrations: Ancient Technologies at Red Rock Visitor Center
March 2nd, 2018 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Learn how people made fire by friction, threw spears with an atlatl, and wove yucca fiber sandals.Demonstrations will be outside on the front porch, so wear a warm jacket depending on the weather. The Red Rock Ranger Station is located at 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. This event is free, for more information please contact Candace Mark at 928.203.2902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rock Art Education and Hands-on Activity
March 18th, 2018 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Learn about the history of rock art and the difference between petroglyphs and pictographs. Make your own example of rock art to take home with you. Fee of $20 to cover materials. The Red Rock Ranger Station is located at 8375 State Route 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. For more information please contact Tawni Ladell at 203.928.2929 or email@example.com.
Red Rock State Park
- Red Rock State Park
Hopi Mythology: A Journey thru Space and Time
Lecture Featuring Bo Montenegro
March 4th, 2018 (2:00 pm)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Einstein understood the Hopi view of time as a process, and because of that the Hopi People were able to understand the concept of time as a fourth dimension. Similarly, scientists were intrigued by the thought that the idea of spatio-temporal unity that had taken Einstein seven years to ponder, was readily available to the Hopi. Built twelve hundred years ago, Walpi Village is a living legacy of the sacred teachings of the Hopi Ancestors. “If you drilled from Hopiland through the center of the earth, you would exit in Tibet, another sacred culture situated on a high and dry plateau. Certain words in the Hopi and Tibetan language have reversed meanings – for instance, the Hopi word for day, “Nyma,” is the Tibetan word for night. The word for Moon in Tibetan, “Dawa,” is the Hopi word for “Sun”. (Daniel Pinchbeck). Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your seats. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
- Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike
March 18th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
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