All activities meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise specified.
8:00 a.m. Hike – Calcite Canyon Spectacular 5-6 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian and explore the sandstone canyon country around the Calcite Mine. We will follow the Middle Fork of Palm Wash up over some small dry falls to a slot canyon, check out the mine, and see a demonstration of calcite’s interesting optical properties. Meet at the Calcite Mine Road, mile marker 38.1, east on Highway S-22. Parking is available on both sides of the highway. Wear sturdy footwear, a hat, and carry water. This hike is rated moderately strenuous.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Pictographs – What Were They Trying to Say? 2.5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Paul Larson and Mary Ekelund on a moderate 3-mile roundtrip hike through a beautiful desert valley to a panoramic overlook. Along the way, we will look at some interesting plants, morteros and rock art. Meet at the entrance to Blair Valley, about a 45 minute drive from the visitor center.
9:00 a.m. Walk – Spring Plant Walk 2 Hours
Enjoy and learn about the ingenuity of our SURVIVAL EXPERTS--OUR AMAZING DESERT PLANTS! Meet knowledgeable members of the Park's Botany Society for an easy morning stroll somewhere in the Park. Leaders and destinations will vary. Bring water, sun protection, and sturdy shoes. Note: Check with the ABF Store or the State Park Visitor Center for additional dates. No reservation needed; meet at State Park Store, (587 Palm Canyon Drive, next to ABF office).
$10 per person. Call Ashley at ABF for more information at 760-767-0446 ext 1003.
11:00 a.m. Walk - Beaks and Feet: Birding Made Simple 1 Hour
If you’ve always wanted to learn about birds but thought it’s too complicated and only for birding experts, you’ll enjoy this simple way of appreciating the birds! Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, in the Visitor Center Discovery Lab for this hands-on discovery session and get a close look at birds in and around the Visitor Center. For bird lovers 8 and up with no previous birding experience necessary. Bring binoculars if you have them.
3:00 p.m. Hike – Pena Spring Hike 3 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian for a walkabout in the transition habitat of Culp Valley and experience Pena Spring and its associated riparian area. Then follow a section of the Riding and Hiking Trail to an outstanding overlook before looping back to the start. Meet at the entrance to Culp Valley Campground between Mile Markers 9 and 9.5 on highway S-22. This hike is rated moderate.