This annual celebration provides a special opportunity for locals and visitors to learn about the prehistory and history of the Arizona Strip, the importance of preserving archaeological sites and historic places, and experience craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. Program subjects will range from weaving traditions (traditional and modern) to stone cutting and blacksmithing, and the legend of Pipe Spring to the Civilian Conservation Corp.
Special features will include guided hikes on the Kaibab Indian Reservation*, a star party, a hands-on yucca sandal making workshop, and tours of the new museum storage facility*.
Programs offered March 1 - 10.
Stone Cutting: demonstration. March 3 & 7, 10:00AM - Noon (Arizona Time) - Join ranger Evan Cram for a demonstration on stone cutting techniques used to shape the rocks of Winsor Castle at Pipe Spring.
The Legend of Pipe Spring: talk. March 3 , 2:00-3:00PM (Arizona Time) - Meet James Orn, portrayed by his descendent, Pipe Spring volunteer Steve Craig, as he weaves the tale of how Pipe Spring got its name.
Mu’uputs Canyon guided hike*. March 4 & 6, 10:00-11:30AM (Arizona Time). Offered in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. Mu’uputs Canyon is on the Kaibab Indian Reservation. Learn about Paiute lifeways and skills and see ancient petroglyphs.
Rags to Rugs: demonstration. March 4, 2:00 –3:00PM (Arizona Time) - March 9, 10–11:30AM (Arizona Time). To live comfortably on the Arizona Strip in the 1870s, you needed to be practical and creative. Join volunteer Vicki Craig in turning old rags into beautiful rugs in this ultimate recycling venture.
They Lived Where? guided walk. March 5, 9:00AM–10:00AM and 10:00-11:00AM (Arizona Time). Ranger Stephen Rudolph will lead these guided walks comparing the shelters of the ancient Puebloans, Paiute and pioneer settlers.
Rag Dolls: demonstration. March 8, 10:00-11:30AM (Arizona Time). Join ranger Brittanni Wero in a fun, hands on activity. Learn to make a variety of dolls “the pioneer way”.
Blacksmithing: demonstration. March 10, 10:00AM-Noon. Join ranger Evan Cram as he molds the blacksmith’s legend.
The Making of Moccasins: demonstration. March 10, 10:00AM-11:30AM (Arizona Time). Ranger and tribal member Brittanni Wero will demonstrate the art of making and decorating moccasins.
Historic Preservation at Pipe Spring: guided walk. March 10, 1:00-3:00PM (Arizona Time). Join resource management technician and archeologist Amber Van Alfen on a guided walk around Pipe Spring National Monument. Learn about the variety of preservation techniques used to care for historic and prehistoric structures.
For a complete program list, go to Pipe Spring National Monument. To make reservations for guided hikes on the reservation or tours of the museum facility call (928) 643-7105. Pipe Spring National Monument is located 15 miles west of Fredonia, Arizona on AZ State Road 389 or 45 miles east of Hurricane, Utah on UT State Road 59 and AZ 389. Regular entrance fees will apply ($5.00/adult). Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes are accepted and available for sale.