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Monday Field Trip Registration

We've opened this page for field trip leaders only. ARARA members will not be able to register for trips until you receive your trip code upon 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. 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.

Registration closes on March 5. There will not be onsite field trip registration for field trips at the conference.

If you need help please contact Troy Scotter at 801-362-1206 or email.


Weather
: Farmington has a moderate climate with expected daytime temperatures in the 70s.

Friday Field Trips

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 4
    Register

    Leaders: Glen and Margaret Stone
    Site Description:
    This canyon has one of the longest periods of occupation. It is known for large painted Dine shields. Other highlights are many but include a fertility shrine, and hands and “Moki Steps.”
    Difficulty
    : Half mile of hiking over several stops with short, but challenging, talus slopes. Bring good binoculars if you are concerned about the talus slopes.
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance, a lot of two track roads.
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way:)
    1.5 hours with frequent stops
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    None 

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 5
    Register

    Leader:  Tori Myers (Salmon Ruins educational specialist/archaeologist)
    Site Description:
    Chaco was the cultural center of this part of the Puebloan world for hundreds of years. It's ruins are exquisite and mystifying. This trip will not be going to rock art locations but to major sites within Chaco
    Culture National Historic Park including Pueblo Bonito and other sites in the main canyon. Roads to Chaco have not been well maintained and we have decided not to do a trip where members would use their own vehicle to get to the park. This trip will use the leader's vehicle. For questions regarding the trip contact Tori directly at 505-632-2013.
    Difficulty: Short walks over well maintained trails
    Vehicle Requirement:
    Trip leader will provide the vehicle

    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1.5 hrs, 72 miles

    Max. Number of Participants:
    6
    Fee:
    $600. The vehicle can hold six people. Per person pricing is variable depending on the number of participants. With a full group the price per person will be $100. Price includes lunch and
    park entrance fees. You may want to organize your own full group and register together to optimize the price. You will be responsible to pay the trip leader. Payment can be made by credit card at the museum.

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 25
    Register

    Leader: Veronica Cuthair and park employees (meeting the leader at the Ute Mountain Park visitor center)
    Site Description:
    A comprehensive tour with ruins, rock art, and physical artifacts left in place. It feels like you are stepping back into time. On the way home the group will stop in Waterflow to photograph sites from the Big Rock Trading Post.
    Difficulty:
    Short walks from the road
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1 hour/60 miles on highway and then 17 miles on non-paved roads.
    Max. Number of Participants:
    30
    Fee:
    $30/person. The fee needs to be brought in cash and paid at the Ute Mountain Park. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Checks are accepted but only from banks in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 10
    Register

    Leader: Patrick and Holly Hasenbuhler (Meet with trip leaders Sportsman Bar at the junction of Highways 173 & 511)
    Site Description: A two hour tour (no don't sing that song) a ½ mile of groomed trail and 1/4 mile unmaintained uphill trail to explain the "Mystery of Chimney Rock". Other highlights to be seen on the way include a Diné defensive ruin, a fertility shrine, and an interesting Diné/Hopi panel.
    Difficulty: Chimney Rock is a 1/2 mile hike on well maintained trails with short stops at other sites.
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance

    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    It is about a 1.75 hour, 83 mile, drive from the hotel.  
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    $16/person


     

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Leaders: David Casey & Luanne Crow
    Site Description:
    Wonderful Hopi deities, a star panel which includes images of the Pleiades, a Diné Kokopelli image, and a Hopi guardian of the underworld figure. Gomez Canyon is a small canyon but has a Diné hunting shrine and a large panel with origin mythology a mountain lion, and a corn stalk with a representation of pollen.
    Difficulty: A total of about a half mile of walking including an arroyo crossing with a couple of optional talus slope climbs including some boulder hopping. If there is enough time and interest we can visit some figures of Sandhill Cranes in the area.  
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1.5 hours
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    None

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 7
    Register

    Leaders: Stan and Gosia Allison
    Site Description:
    Jesus Canyon is one of the premier rock art places in Dinetah. Highlights include Diné defensive ruins a star ceiling and the unique “Buck Capture” panel.
    Difficulty: 
    A 2.5 mile hike with a deep arroyo crossing.
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1.25 hrs; 31 miles with the last 6 miles unpaved with some deep sand (and mud if it has rained)
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:  None
          

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 1
    Register

    Leader:  Johnathan Kelly
    Site Description: Highlights include the “44Panel,” the “Message Panel,” beautiful corn stalks, an equinox site, a rain shine and a shielded warrior with bow, arrows and quiver.
    Difficulty:
    This is about a two-mile hike with several deep arroyo crossings and a couple of short rough spots.
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1 hour including paved and dirt roads
    Max. Number of Participants: 12
    Fee:
     None

    • 20 May 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Leaders: Ken Russel
    Site Description: This long canyon empties into the San Juan River and due to that important location includes a lot of sites. Highlights include the Pueblo “Pregnant Couple,” the “Sun Shield Bearer” which David Casey considers as one of the best rock art sites in the area, and a dynamic Hopi observatory with a star ceiling.
    Difficulty
    : A few stops with walks over some uneven ground totaling about 3/4 of a mile and a couple of short climbs. 
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    30-40 minutes
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    None

    • 20 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 8
    Register

    Leader: Tim Mietty
    Site Description:
    This canyon has a concentration of Diné imagery. Highlights include constellations, Holy People (Yei), and a likely depiction of an Emergence motif into the current world.
    Difficulty:
    Mostly driving with walking to several Diné sites. Total hiking less than a half mile.
    Vehicle Requirement
    : High clearance
    Driving Distance One Way:
    40 minutes with stops along the way
    Max. Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    None

    • 20 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Leader: Linda Wheelbarger (archeologist)
    Site Description:
    Private land. Highlights include the Tommy Site (a large Pueblo II ruin) where the trip leader has been working with the San Juan college field school for over 20 years, early Basketmaker images, later Pueblo rock art, Diné rock art sites, and a wall with a huge number of spirals. 
    Difficulty:
    Short walks over mostly flat ground with some optional talus slopes. 
    Vehicle Requirement: Any
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way): 15 minutes
    Max. Number of Participants: 20
    Fee: 
    None
            

    • 20 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 3
    Register

    Leader: Cody Walton (BLM archeologist) & Clay Johnston
    Site Description:
    A half dozen sites. The rock art has a lot of Basketmaker figures some Ute images, Diné sitesand dinosaur tracks.
    Difficulty:
    Short walks from the road. Two sites will require some climbing (less than a hundred feet of elevation gain) but could be viewed from the road with binoculars and telephoto lenses.
    Vehicle Requirement:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    It is about a 45 min, 45 mile drive (10 miles off highway) from the hotel.  
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    No fee

    • 20 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 1
    Register

    Leaders: Erik Simpson (BLM archeologist)
    Site Description:
    Humming Bird Canyon is part of the Lower Gobernador Canyon complex. Highlights include an incised Monster Slayer with mask, humming bird, hunchbacks, a panel of a hunting corral, and numerous pictographs of important Diné Holy People (Yei).
    Difficulty:
    A hike of over a mile over flat ground with a couple of deep arroyo crossings.  
    Vehicle Requirement
    : High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way)
    : 45 minutes
    Max. Number of Participants:
    12
    Fee:
    None

    • 20 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Farmington, NM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Leaders:    Joy Eiland and Leslie Scarburough
    Site Description: This trip has a profound number of panels with religious significance. This trip will visit the
    lower canyon including the Main Panels and the “Big Warrior”, an equinox site, and a rain shine.
    Difficulty:
      Several short walks over mostly flat ground with a total distance about a half mile.
    Vehicle:
    High clearance
    Driving Time/Distance (One Way):
    1 hour including paved and dirt roads
    Max. Number of participants: 12
    Fee:
    None

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