Junior Ranger Day at Pipe Spring National Monument
Fun Activities for All Ages
Saturday April 25 from 9 AM to 3 PM (AZ time) Pipe Spring National
Monument will be celebrating NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY with a series
of fun demonstrations and hands on activities to offer opportunities
for Junior Rangers of all ages to make their own connections to
the resources preserved at Pipe Spring National Monument. Some of
the traditional skills being demonstrated after lunch include; blacksmithing
(forging metal into tools and nails on a hand forge) and flint knapping
(making arrowheads and tools from stones). One of our newest programs
is on drop spindle yarn production. You will learn how people for
hundreds of years made yarn from sheep and cotton without the use
of a spinning wheel. A demonstration that is interesting to everyone
is traditional firestarting. These traditional crafts will be demonstrated
by rangers using techniques for starting fires such as flint and
steel and bow/drill.
Nature hikes along our scenic ½ mile Ridge
trail will be offered to groups who want to participate in an enthusiastic
hike to the top of the ridge behind the Pipe Spring’s historic
fort structure. Visitors will learn about the geology of the area,
why the water comes out of the ground here at Pipe Springs and the
many traditional uses of the diverse plants that grow on the hillside.
As usual we offer 30 minute ranger led tours of the 1870’s
historic fort that we call Winsor castle. These informative tours
begin every 30 minutes from 8:30-4:00. A walk through the museum
explains the history of the many different cultures that have lived
here and used the waters of Pipe Springs.
A special seasonal opportunity will be our spring
garden planting. Visitors are invited to help us plant our demonstration
summer garden. This garden area helps us to demonstrate the agricultural
accomplishments of farmers using the waters of Pipe Spring for more
than 1000 years. Colonial pioneer crops, Kaibab Paiute traditional
crops and the wonderfully different corn, beans, squash and cotton
of the ancient Ancestral Peubloean people will be planted to help
visitors understand the many cultural uses of the land. We will
be planting the garden area on both Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fees to
the monument are $5/adult or free if you have any of the America
the Beautiful federal park passes. Come visit history and immerse
yourself in the past. Walk around the grounds of our historic ranch,
visit our long horned cattle and ponder the stories of the people
who have lived here at Pipe Springs National Monument. Call
928-643-7105 for more information.
Chandler Johnson, a recent visitor to Pipe Spring, with her 235
Junior Ranger Badges.