ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
8:30 a.m. Hike – Culp Valley Walkabout 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 Hwy S-22. Hike is rated moderate.
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.
11:00 a.m. Walk - Desert Mart 45 Minutes
Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious Native Americans used desert plants for their food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. Focus is on the three most important plants: Agave, Creosote, and Mesquite.
3:00 p.m. Walk – Notice and Wonder 2 Hours
Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter to explore Nature Journaling. We’ll explore the desert using very basic techniques of writing, drawing, and painting to help us see, remember, and investigate vibrantly. No artistic ability required! Bring your own journal or use ours. Be prepared with water and sunhat. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
5:00 p.m. Hike – Sunset/Moonlight Hike 5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ted Caragozian for a desert hike to enjoy the sunset over the mountains and return under the nearly full moon to get a different perspective of the desert at a surprise location. Bring warm clothes and a flashlight (to be used only if necessary). We will cover as much as six miles and the daylight portion will involve walking over uneven ground. Limited to 15 participants; sign up at the Visitor Center and include your phone number to receive meeting details.