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Cochise County National Park Service Sites Celebrate National Park Week

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced Wednesday, April 11 that rangers at Chiricahua National Monument (NM), Coronado National Memorial (NMem), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS) will be celebrating National Park Week.  

National Park Week begins with Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 21 and ends with Park Rx Day (Park Prescription Day) on Sunday, April 29.  Special programs will be offered at each park for children and their families. On April 21, Western National Park Association will offer a 15 percent off sale at the visitor center book stores.
Chiricahua NM: For more information about visiting Chiricahua, go to or call the visitor center at 520-824-3560, ext. 9302.

  • On Saturday, April 21 and April 28, the Faraway Ranch house tour at 11 am and 2 pm will be family friendly and last about 45 minutes. Meet the ranger at the benches by the house.  
  • On Sunday, April 29, meet a ranger at Faraway Ranch Parking Lot at Chiricahua for a Bird Walk from 9 am to 11 am to experience the calming presence of morning birdsong.  
  • Or if you are a night owl, join a ranger on April 29 for a one hour Full Moon Walk at Massai Point from 8 pm to share the wonders of the night sky. Call the visitor center to register for the Full Moon Walk; reservations are required.

Coronado NM:  For information about visiting Coronado, go to or call the visitor center at 520-366-5515, ext. 2300. 

  • On Saturday, April 21 from 11 am to noon, join a park ranger at the picnic area for “Building with the Earth,” a fun, hands-on (and feet-on!) activity for kids and parents. Learn about home and shelter, and what these mean for animals and humans. Kids can get dirty by mixing mud and straw with their hands and feet to build adobe bricks. They will have creative time for building adobe creations and can take home their adobe work. By participating in this program kids earn their Junior Ranger badge! Wear clothes that can get muddy and bring water and sun protection. Families can consider bringing a picnic lunch for after the program.
  • On Sunday, April 29, meet a ranger at the Coronado Visitor Center at 8 am for a free ranger led hike up Joe's Canyon Trail to Coronado Peak. This trail climbs up to a knife ridge that parallels the US-Mexico border. Take in the sweeping views of Sonora and the San Pedro River Valley from the ridge and on up to Coronado Peak. This is a moderate to strenuous hike approximately six miles roundtrip. Be prepared for at least 3 to 4 hours of hiking and bring the appropriate gear: water, sun protection, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, snacks. 

 Fort Bowie: For more information about Fort Bowie, go to or call the visitor center at 520-847-2500, ext. 25.

  • On Saturday, April 21 join a “Hike Through History” program by meeting a ranger at the trailhead on Apache Pass Road at 10:00 am for a 2 hour guided hike.  This program will guide participants along the 1.5 mile trail from the trailhead to the fort with discussion of the historic events that shaped and influenced the history of Apache Pass. Be sure to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Between noon and 3 pm, enjoy a variety of family friendly activities at the visitor center.  Families can participate in a scavenger hunt, learn about archeology and sift for artifacts, and engage in conversation with re-enactors about life at Fort Bowie.  At 2 pm, visitors can learn how to fire cannons and participate in mock firing drills.  
  • On Monday, April 23, join a ranger for a hike along the Butterfield Overland Stage Route and learn about its role in Fort Bowie history. Meet at the Fort Bowie Trailhead at 9 am for this three hour hike that covers 4.5 miles round trip. Bring water, sunscreen, snacks and hiking footwear.  Space is limited so call the visitor center to register. 

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