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Friday Field Trip and Workshop Registration

You may choose to attend 1 Friday field trip. First you need to be registered for the ARARA conference. Once you have done so, you will receive an email with a code you need to register for a field trip. Field trips registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants who sign-up for more than one field trip per day will be removed from all field trips for which they have registered.

Each individual coming to the conference should complete a separate registration. There is the ability to add a guest to your registration if a spouse does not have an email address.

You can cancel your registration yourself. Log into the website (top right of the page), come back to this page, and then you will see an "Already registered" link below the "Register" button for your trip.  Click on this link and you will have a cancel option.

We may cancel trips with less than four participants and move those participants to other trips based on their preferences.

Pre-registration closes on May 18th. After that you will need to register at the conference. There will be additional fees for on-site registration.

If you need help please contact Troy Scotter at 801-377-6901 (leave a message) or email


Weather
: Flagstaff has a moderate climate with expected daytime temperatures in the 70s. Field trips going to lower elevation sites will be considerably hotter.

Friday Field Trips

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 4
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    Moderate

    Full day 

    No shade - will be hot.

    Mountain Lion Mesa, located in the Southern end of Petrified Forest National Park, contains a plethora of rock art panels with a total of 1128 elements recorded at five sites.  The rock art dates from PI and PII with some kachina masks from the PIV period which is typical of the Palavayu region (Lower Puerco River, central drainage of Little Colorado River).  Stand-out panels display anthros, zoomorphs, and geometric/abstract designs.  Hiking distance is short but most rock art is on large boulders, so much climbing/scrambling is required, as well as ascending steep slopes with marble rock surface.  Time allowing, we may take a detour to another outstanding rock art location, Martha's Butte, about 1/2 mile distant. 

    Travel distance:  115 Miles, plus 2 miles on gravel road, each way.  Travel time:  ca. 2.5 hours each way.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 9
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    $5/person charge
    Moderately Difficult
    Two hundred foot descent into the Little Colorado Canyon, and hiking along the river. About two miles total hiking, with climb back out of the canyon. Driving time, about an hour fifteen minutes each way, with some soft sand.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12
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    Difficult
    Four hundred foot climb, and scramble on basalt boulders to see some spectacular petroglyphs,
    including an archaeostronomy site with archaeoastronomer Jerry Snow. Visit nearby
    Nuvakwewtaqa Sinauga Ruins. Driving time from NAU about 1 hour 45 minutes. If time permits, visit
    Meteor Crater (fee) on your own, which is on the route.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 1
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    Moderate
    Spectacular Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs in the Chevelon Canyon. This extensive site (40 galleries) is located on a private ranch near Winslow Arizona. Access requires hiking down rough steep steps into the canyon. See https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rock-art-ranch

    This trip is generously supported by Brantley Baird of Rock Art Ranch who has waived the fees for this trip. Donations appreciated.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 7
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    $45/person charge

    Easy

    Dawa Sun Canyon, a gathering place of the ancients, a sacred site with many images encompassing the whole canyon. Dawa Canyon is located on the Hopi reservation and is accessible only with a Hopi guide. ARARA members have a rare opportunity to visit this site.
    Carpooling is advised-Approximate round trip distance from Flagstaff: 230 miles Fifteen miles on unpaved road.
    Easy hike in an open canyon, some scrambling on cliff face.
    Binoculars are suggested. No photography is the policy of the Hopi Tribe so you may not be able to take photos.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 14
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    Full Day

    Easy to Moderate
     
     
    The total walk is 1.2 miles, round trip. The petroglyphs we will visit are along the base of the cliff of the Homolovi II Ancestral Hopi Pueblo. The petroglyphs include panels of katsina iconography and late pueblo IV petroglyphs. The park is located off of I-40 Exit 257, and is 1.5 miles north of I-40 The tour of the pueblo is ADA accessible, the petroglyph portion is not. The trail is steep, has loose fill on hard clay surfaces, easy to slip on and the lower areas have many stickers and soft sand. One-hour drive from NAU, in any vehicle. There is an entrance fee for the State Park. After Homolovi II, the group will drive to the Homolovi IV area, north of Winslow, for a half-mile round trip hike to see additional petroglyph panels.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 2
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    Half Day (about 5 hours)

    $5/person charge

    Easy

    Description:  The trip heads to an intriguing petroglyph site in the Painted Desert near Wupatki National Monument.  A majority of the 207 panels appear to date between AD 1050 and AD 1250, a period coinciding with the Puebloan occupation of Wupatki. Researchers used the site, located on the Navajo Nation, in early attempts to classify and interpret rock art.  

    On the return, those wishing to visit Wupatki and Wukoki Pueblos will have a chance to do so on their own.

    Hiking:  A scramble of 150 feet up a steep talus slope is needed to thoroughly inspect the profusion of glyph-covered boulders.

    Mileage:  115 miles round trip, including 11 miles of graded, but washboarded, dirt road and 4.6 miles of rough two-track. The route also involves a river crossing, normally dry in June.

    Vehicle: 4 Wheel Drive

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12
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    Half day Friday 11:30 AM departure for Tusayan or Full Day if you add a personal pre-trip extension to Grand Canyon National Park.

    Easy
     
    The INDIAN PAINTINGS TOUR
    journeys through the Kaibab National Forest to a Tusayan Rain Tank Wash site. Get away from the crowds and 4×4 down forest back-roads where your guide will lead you on a short hike up stone steps to the site. While viewing the paintings and petroglyphs up close, your guide will inform you of the ways of these ancient peoples. This site is unique because it has many etched petroglyphs superimposed over ancient pictographs. This is one of the largest rock shelters in the area.  The midden in front of the rock shelter is also indicative of the long term human use. There it is a 500 yard scramble to the rock shelter. The hike takes about 15 minutes and there is about 100 feet of ascent and descent each way. The area can be quite hot in June so bring lots of water. 

    This trip is generously donated by Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris. See description at https://grandcanyonjeeptours.com/tour-details/indian-paintings-tour/ Driving time approximately one hour thirty minutes from NAU. Tour time about 2 hours.  

    Any vehicle will be suitable for the trip to Tusayan, from there you will transfer to vehicles provided by the guides.

    Consider an early morning departure to visit the main Grand Canyon National Park South Rim viewpoints and Visitors Center and/or the outstanding Desert View Watchtower. Plan enough time to return to Tusayan to meet the field trip leader by 1PM for the tour. http://www.rupestrian.com/watchtower.html

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 13
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    A little more than a half day 8 AM to 3 PM.

    Easy to Moderate
     
    We will begin the day meeting at the Oak Hill Snow Play area at 8 AM sharp (https://goo.gl/maps/XbXDxJBWNF42). From NAU take I-40 west to exit 178, turn right at top of ramp and then left on to Route 66. Drive about 4 miles west to the Oak Hill Snow Play dirt lot. 
     
    Stop 1, Laws Spring Petroglyphs: (https://goo.gl/maps/VmNpkZz6UhR2) It is about a 30 minute drive from the Oak Hill Snow Play area to Laws Spring. The forest roads to Laws Spring require high clearance vehicles. Once at the trailhead, it is a short hike to the water hole. To see the vast majority of petroglyphs it is a scramble along the base of a rocky lava flow. The site contains hundreds of Cohonina style petroglyphs and historic inscriptions associated with travelers on the Beale Wagon Road built in 1858 to 1859. You can learn more about the Beale Wagon Road at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/recarea/?recid=11675
     
    Stop 2, Hardy Hill Trestle Petroglyphs:  After visiting Laws Spring, we will back-track south to park at the junction of Forest Road 74 and Forest Road 703 (https://goo.gl/maps/MBkjQEoofVG2). This is about a 15 minute drive from Laws Spring.  We will take a relatively flat hike west about ¼ mile then scramble into the rocky canyon that is home to the historic Hardy Hill logging railroad trestle. It was constructed around AD 1900 and  there are also several Cohonina style petroglyph panels in this scenic canyon.  
     
    Stop 3, Keyhole Sink Petroglyphs:  We will return to the Oak Hill Snow Play area (https://goo.gl/maps/XbXDxJBWNF42) and take a 1.2 mile round trip hike to the Keyhole Sink petroglyph interpretive site. Vandals defaced the petroglyphs with graffiti in 2010 and again in 2013. Since then, Kaibab archaeologists and local high school students have twice successfully removed the evidence of the graffiti. Learn more about Keyhole Sink at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11678&actid=50

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 11
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    Full Day

    Moderate
     
    A 2.5-mile loop hike visits petroglyphs and Ancestral Puebloan ruins in beautiful scenery. After the 4-hour hike, plan to visit the other ruins in Wupatki National Monument. Don’t miss the spectacular Wupatki Ruin at the visitors center. About 45-minute drive from NAU in any vehicle.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 2
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    Full Day

    Moderate
     
    A chance to visit an area not yet open to the public. A drive of about 2.5 hours, followed by about 4 hours of hiking and driving. High-clearance 4WD required.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 13
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    Half Day 

    Relatively Easy (but remember, at 7000’)
     
    Picture Canyon, at the eastern end of Flagstaff, is the type locality for the Northern Sinagua rock art style. Although you can visit the Preserve on your own, you will see more of the petroglyph panels on the field trips. The hike is about two miles, with a short, steep, rough optional extension to see some additional panels if conditions permit. For the extension, a walking stick is a must. It is about a 15-minute drive from NAU, and the hiking time will be about 2 hours.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 14
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    Half day

    Moderate (but at 7000’)

    This trip will visit three rock art sites located about 15 miles east of Flagstaff. The three sites are within a few miles of each other and likely represent the rock art of the PII-PIII periods (AD1100-1250) of the Northern Sinagua. Northern Sinagua is the designation for the prehistoric culture that inhabited the region of Flagstaff from AD 600 to AD 1400. These ancestors of the Hopi began with scattered hamlets and pithouses and eventually developed much larger and more complex social organizations.

    The first site to be visited will be Turkey Tanks (AR-03-04-02-252) where there are two major panels. One is located at the tanks themselves, a semi-permanent water sources. This hike will involve a certain amount of boulder hopping and would be considered a hike of moderate difficulty. The boulders are large and slick and good footwear is suggested. Also, it must be noted that the approach to the site involves passing under a 345 kv power line for anyone with electronic implants such as a pacemaker. However the site itself is probably a half mile from this transmission line.

    Major paved roads are nearby but the last stretch is un-maintained and high-clearance is suggested.

    The second site on this trip is un-named. It consists of twelve panels located at the top of a volcanic ridge. The surface is about a 30° slope and viewing will be slow and careful. The hike to this site is up a slight hill and would be considered easy. 

    The third stop is at the Lizard Man village (AR-03-04-02-1443). There are two or three panels located an easy walk from the parking area. Lizard Man village was excavated by a Grinnel College field school and was named for one of the rock art elements at the site.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 7
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    Half day with a self guided option for a full day

    $5/person charge

    Easy

    Mostly level hiking around the extensive petroglyph site, which requires a permit to visit. See https://www.wmf.org/project/tutuveni-petroglyph-site Driving time about one hour fifteen minutes in any vehicle. After visiting this site participants could choose to visit the Historic Cameron Trading Post or Grand Canyon National Park Watchtower which would make the trip a full day.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 15
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    Full or Half Day

    Easy 2-mile hike (but at 8500’)
     
    The half day trip only visits the Museum of Northern Arizona.
    The museum has an exciting new ethnology gallery and is offering a "behind the scenes" tour of the collection facility.

    The full day trip visits both the museum and the highest known pictograph site in Arizona, only 30-minute drive from campus.


    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 5
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    Full day for all three stops or a half-day depending on access to Stop 3.

    The first stop is a guided tour of the Archaeology Center to see some of the 50,000 artifacts from the Dyck Cliff Dwelling. The second stop is the V bar V Heritage Site, the largest petroglyph site in the Verde Valley with over 1,000 Sinagua images. The third (depending on water levels) optional stop is the Red Tank Draw petroglyphs. This site has multiple panels of petroglyphs.

    The trail at the V bar V Heritage Site is a 1/3rd mile flat gravel trail. Access to the Red Tank Draw pictographs is over river cobbles that can be unstable and slippery.

    Driving mileage from Flagstaff to the Archaeology Center in Camp Verde is about 60 miles (one hour). From the Archaeology Center to V bar V is about 15 miles (25 minutes), and another 3 miles (20 minutes) to Red Tank Draw. High clearance is required for Red Tank Draw.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 8
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    Half Day

    EASY
     
    The petroglyphs are one of the best places to see Western Archaic and Cohonina style petroglyphs in northern Arizona. The site is located on private land owned by Karen Hanks and remarkably there is very little graffiti or vandalism. In 2006, Karen was awarded the Governor's Archaeological Advisory Commission Award as Avocation Archaeologist of the Year for allowing the public access to the site. 
     
     
    An easy hike, less than half a mile round trip, along a basalt cliff. Driving time, about one hour each way.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 13
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    Difficult

    Full with half day option

    About 4 mile generally level round trip hike to major petroglyph sites on steep basalt talus slopes.  Approximately a one-hour drive from NAU, half on graded unpaved roads. Jaws is near the road. Both other sites are about a mile but in opposite directions. Participants can choose to skip the second far site for a half-day trip.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 0
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    Full day (6-8 hours)

    $30/person charge. Because this field trip requires a fixed charge we may not refund the fee for a cancellation unless there is someone else who can take the spot. Cancellations must be received by May 29.

    This is the only field trip for which ARARA will allow a wait list. Sign up for an additional Friday trip if you are waitlisted on this one. If an opening becomes available you will receive an email notifying you that your registration is successful and your other Friday field trip will be canceled.

    Moderate

    Crack-in-Rock Mesa is located in a remote area of Wupatki National Monument, 50 miles from the NAU Campus. We will meet the NPS archaeologist or interpretive ranger at the Wupatki Visitor Center (45 minutes to 1 hour from NAU) via the Wupatki Scenic Drive/FR 545 which will take us through Wupatki and Sunset Crater national monuments. There is an additional 1.5 hour drive to the site.  We will hike to Crack-in-Rock Mesa about half an hour, along a rocky, rugged two-track road. Hiking difficulty is moderate with an elevation change of about 300 feet over ¾ mile, but there is no shade of any kind, no water, and the ground is generally uneven and rocky. We will have a portable chemical toilet for solid waste, but there are no other restrooms after the visitor center. We will spend 2-3 hours at Crack-in-Rock before returning to Flagstaff.

    The national monument entrance fee of $25 per vehicle is waived for participants. Participants will need to bring all water and a lunch. You will need sturdy hiking boots (no sneakers, sandals or similar) and sun protection. Trekking poles are advised.

    Mileage: 120 miles, including 20 miles of graded dirt road. 3.5 to 5 hours driving depending on conditions.

    Vehicle: We are limited to four vehicles total. High ground clearance required, four wheel drive provides alternate, scenic, access.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 14
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    Half day

    Easy but will be hot

    This site includes pecked and painted imagery of Archaic, Southern Sinagua, Yavapai style rock art and historic inscriptions. It is an easy (but hot) walk on an undeveloped trail of about 1 mile into the canyon. The terrain is flat with less than 100 ft. of elevation change from the start to the end of the hike. The trip will last about 4 - 5 hours including driving time.

    Travel time:  about 1.5 hours each way on combined highway and graded dirt road. High clearance vehicle required.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 14
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    Half day

    Easy

    Over 300 petroglyphs located next to a golf course. Bring binoculars. This trip could be combined with a self-guided visit to the historic La Posada Hotel and Turquoise Room Restaurant in nearby Winslow which is on your return route to Flagstaff.

    Travel distance:  180 miles round trip.  Travel time:  about 1.5 hours each way.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 4
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    Full Day

    DIFFICULT

    This trip involves a 200’ steep descent/ascent to/from the canyon bottom and two-mile roundtrip hike on a rocky difficult stream-bottom, to visit several outstanding petroglyph panels. A walking stick is a must. Driving time, almost two hours each way. High-clearance vehicle recommended. Hiking time about 5 hours.

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • 13
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    Full day

    Park entrance fee (or pass) required 

    Easy

    Any vehicle - paved roads

    Petroglyphs behind Puerco Pueblo and then across the street on a trail to Patio House, the most unique Pueblo in the Petrified Forest National Park. Petroglyphs will be seen along the trail the whole way. Trip led by Dave Manley includes a visit to the famous mountain lion glyph and Hopi murals at the Historic Painted Desert Inn. Will be hot, so have a hat, lunch, and lots of water. 

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