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    Navajo State Park’s Summer Programs Continue

    ARBOLES, Colo. – It’s all about the geology and the wildlife this weekend at Navajo State Park. Of course, the wildlife and other features of the park would not be what they are if it were not for the influence of the local geology. Learning to read the signs left behind by animals is often as exciting as seeing wildlife.

    If you want to learn more about tracking, or practice your skills as a tracker, join the park naturalist on Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. We will walk along the South Piedra trail, looking for clues and discussing the possible stories written by the wildlife there. Meet at the trailhead just north of the Windsurf Beach Campground for this 1.5 hour hike.

    At 4:30 p.m. on June 25, the Kids’ Corner topic is “Geology Rocks!” Some simple, fun activities with modeling clay, cookies and rocks will help children ages four and older learn about land forms, plate tectonics and other geologic features. Join the park naturalist at the visitor center pavilion for this 45 minute program. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

    At 7:30 p.m. on June 25, “Shadows of the Forest” will highlight the three wild cats of the San Juan Mountains. This campground program, presented by the park naturalist, will feature some simple activities, photos and other interesting items which could give you a new perspective on your own household feline. Come to the park’s amphitheatre for this 45 minute program. In the event of rain, the presentation will be held in the visitor center conference room.

    On Sunday, June 26, take a guided hike starting at 10 a.m. along the Windsurf Beach trail to take in the views of the Navajo Lake area and to gain a better understanding of the geologic forces behind or underneath it all. Meet at the visitor center for this 1.5 mile, 1.5 hour program.

    All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call (970) 883- 2208 for more information or visit the park’s website:

    Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit


    Janis Buckreus, (970) 883-2208, ext.207, [email protected]

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