BLM sponsoring tour of Arizona archaeology sites

BLM group at Maze-K | Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News

 ST. GEORGE – The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Bureau of Land Management, will sponsor a history day and field trip to archaeological sites as part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month

On Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, the history and archaeology event will occur at the Condor Viewing Area in House Rock Valley, Ariz., located nearly three miles north of Highway 89 Alternate on House Rock Valley Road – BLM Road 1065 – just 13 miles east of Jacob Lake, Ariz.

Archeologist Diana Hawks holds pottery sherds at West Bench Pueblo. | Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News

Event partners including the BLM, Dixie/Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Kaibab-Vermilion Cliffs Heritage Alliance, and Friends of the Cliffs are seeking old photographs, stories, and family histories on the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, House Rock Valley, and Buckskin Mountain. Parties with historic information are asked to share their information at the event or contact Diana Hawks at (435) 688-3266, email mailto:[email protected] or Milt Hokanson at (435) 688-3385, email mailto:[email protected].

The archaeological field tour of West Bench Pueblo and the Maze Rock Art Site in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument will begin from the Condor Viewing Area at 11 a.m.  The tour includes a short, one mile round trip hike to archeological sites of interest.  No reservations are necessary; simply show up at the Condor Release Site.  Families are welcome and activities for children will be available.

For more information on Arizona archaeology events go to:

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  • Dave Ryder March 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Outstanding article! These tours are wonderful for exposing everyone to the magic of archaeological sites and our cultural heritage. The Arizona Historic Preservation Conference offers a significant archaeological track that will address many current and future issues about archaeology and historic preservation throughout the Southwest and the world. Visit for more information. Or June 13-15, 2012 in Prescott, AZ. [email protected].

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