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Navajo State Park weekend events continue

Summer is in full swing at Navajo State Park.

In addition to the many recreational opportunities available, events scheduled for this weekend include nature hikes, ancient art crafts for children, and another evening of musical fun with Sharman Alto and David Snyder.

On Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m., join the park naturalist for a walk amidst the blooms. Navajo’s trails are awash with many summer hues resulting from dainty, look-at-me-closely flowers to bigger, showier blooms. Anticipate spending about 1.5 hours on the South Piedra trail identifying, examining and discussing nature’s colorful side. For this easy to moderate two-mile hike, meet at the trailhead located just north of the Windsurf Beach Campground main parking area.

Finger paints, paintbrushes and pipe cleaners aren’t just modern inventions that you find in a craft store. At 4:30 in the afternoon, Kids’ Corner activities will explore how art has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Appropriate for ages three and older, come to the Rosa Campground Camper Services patio. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

?In the evening, at 7:30, local musicians Sharman Alto and David Snyder provide another fun-filled evening. Sharman and David will perform their wonderful mix of musical styles at the Rosa Campground Camper Services patio. With a range of blues and bluegrass to Celtic and other ethnic sounds, you’re bound to enjoy a toe-tapping experience. Bring an extra chair because seating is limited at this location. In the event of rain, Sharman and David’s performance will move to the Visitor Center Conference Room.

?On Sunday, June 12, at 10 a.m., walking the old rail beds of Navajo State Park reveal some of the features that make it unique — plants, animal signs and human history, to name a few. Join the park naturalist on this easy three-mile, two-hour hike along the Windsurf Beach Trail to gain insight into some of Navajo’s treasures and to enjoy the views of the surrounding area. Meet at the Visitor Center.

?All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call 883-2208 for more information or log on to the park’s website at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.

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, yurts and tipis. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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