ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Cool Canyon 4 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Celeste Doughty on a 3-mile (round-trip) moderate/strenuous hike up a sandy canyon at the base of Granite Mountain. The trail starts at an elevation of about 2,600 feet, and there are several dry waterfalls to transverse or go around. The canyon has steep rocky walls with lots of agave, yucca, barrel cactus, juniper, and desert apricot. Meet at the turnoff to Cool Canyon at Mile Marker 21.4 on S2 (approximately 4.3 miles south of Scissors Crossing). Just south of the large state park wooden sign, turn right (west) onto a jeep road. Bring water, snack, and wear sturdy footwear.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Mine Wash Vista 3 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Paul Larson on a drive back into Mine Wash where we will continue on foot for a 4-mile roundtrip hike with ever-changing sights around each bend. We will need to climb a couple of 4-foot dry waterfalls on our way to a spectacular view of Shelter Valley. Be sure to bring the usual water, hat, and sturdy footwear. Meet at the beginning of Mine Wash Road, 2.7 miles east of the Tamarisk Grove intersection on Highway 78.
4:30 p.m. Walk – Let’s Be “Crepuscular”! 1 Hour
You probably know “Nocturnal”, maybe even “Diurnal” animals. Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, near the Visitor Center at dusk to explore the fascinating and surprisingly active hour between the day and the night. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.