August 27-31, 2015
NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership
· Bonito Campground, Friday, August 287:30-8:15 pm. The Search for Dark Skies. Dark night skies allow us to connect with our universe in an incredible and humbling way, but stars are quickly disappearing from view all over the world! Join Ranger Kyle on a journey across Arizona, the United States, and Earth itself to find out where our starlight is going and how it affects us. Along the way, you'll discover some of the darkest and most beautiful skies our National Parks have to offer. At the campground amphitheater.
· Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, August 293:00-3:45 pm. An Exploratory Nature Walk. A fun 45-minute nature walk with USFS volunteers Nancy and Steve Galas on the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. Discover the beauty of a ponderosa pine forest and a riparian habitat. No dogs please. Meet at the amphitheater.
· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, August 297:30-8:15 pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Join NPS volunteer Rick Ruess to learn about the tiniest bird in North America and a personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird. At the campground amphitheater.
· Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31
10:00 am-4:00 pm.Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this summer. The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!
Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit www.arizonasnowbowl.com.
Sunset Fridays: Every Friday through Labor Day Weekend is Sunset
Friday and the chairlift hours are extended until 6 p.m. Purchase a full priced chairlift ticket between 2 and 6 p.m. and receive a complimentary BBQ.
Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events
· Thursday, August 27
7:30-8:30 pm. Things that go Bumb in the Night. Come discover the beauty of the night and learn about nocturnal animals while walking past cliff dwellings in the dark! Ranger Erin Cox will lead this hike. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center. This walk is approximately 1 mile round trip with ~200 feet change in elevation, and is moderately strenuous due to ample stairs and elevation change. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for cooler evening temperatures and should bring a red flashlight or headlamp. Call 928-526-3367 for additional information.
· Sunday, August 30
9:00-11:00 am. Bonito Park Walk. Bill & Ellen Wade lead an easy 2.2-mile, off-trail ramble through the meadow to view late-summer blooms with 360° vistas. Meet at gravel parking lot, south side of Sunset Crater Volcano Nat’l Monument access road 0.8-miles from Hwy 89. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes. 928-637-5175 for more info.
· Sunday, August 30
9:30-11:30 am. Tree ID Walk. An easy 1.5-mile walk along the Aspen Loop Trail with USFS ranger Chelsea Schroeder. Enjoy great views and learn how to identify trees on the Peaks at 9,500 feet! Complimentary Scenic Chairlift tickets for attendees. Meet 6.5 miles up Snowbowl Rd. in the Humphreys Trailhead parking lot; bring water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. Call 928-527-8238 for more info.
These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff AreaNational Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest).
Canceled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high winds.