Visitors planning to explore the national parks of the southwest this November can expect to discover more than beautiful scenery and interpretive programming. Special events are planned in some park areas; read on for details, but consider this before heading out: in honor of Veterans Day, all national park sites will waive entrance fees the weekend of November 9 – 11.
Through January 14, 2014, the Grand Canyon National Park is having its annual Celebration of Art Exhibit and Sale at the Kolb Brothers Studio on the South Rim. The art exhibition, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., features art from some of the best landscape painters in the United States. Proceeds from sales support the goal of funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim.
On weekends this November, Tumacácori National Historical Park is presenting cultural demonstrations on traditional Tortilla Making. Programs run throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Mission San José de Tumacácori.
On Saturday, November 23rd Tumacácori National Historical Park is hosting a Starry Saturday evening program that’s all about stargazing. The program runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Every day through January 5, 2014, White Sands National Monument is offering a one-hour ranger-led Sunset Stroll beginning at 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be led through sand dunes while learning about geology, plants and animals.
Except for Veteran’s Day weekend as noted above, entrance fees or federal passes are required for park admission.