Labor Day events at Navajo State Park

By Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Special to The SUN

Events for kids and the grand opening of a new hiking trail will highlight Labor Day weekend activities at Navajo State Park in southwest Colorado.

From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 30), kids will learn to make paracord survival bracelets. The bracelets, made from a sturdy elastic material, are an attractive fashion accessory that is also a must-have item in an emergency survival kit. The paracord material was carried by soldiers during WWII. The class is first-come, first-served and limited to 12 participants.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday (Aug. 31), an introductory archery class will be offered to kids ages 6-12 at the park’s amphitheater. The class will cover archery fundamentals, range rules and safety. The class is appropriate for kids who have never shot a bow, or for those with very limited experience. All equipment will be provided. The class is limited to 10 participants.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Monday (Sept. 1), hikers can enjoy a guided walk on a new trail that goes from Arboles Point to the watchable wildlife area on the Piedra River. The hike is 7.5 miles roundtrip. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and pack water, snacks and rain gear. The trail is open to hikers, bikers and horses.

The programs are free. Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle and an annual pass costs $70.

Navajo State Park is a major recreational facility in southwest Colorado, drawing more than 300,000 visitors every year. The 2,100-acre park offers boating, fishing, trails, wildlife viewing and more. For more information about the park, call 883-2208.

This story was posted on August 28, 2014.