Marija Potkonjak, Tribune
The Cave Creek Museum may be small, but it packs an afternoon.
“If people really get into it, they could be here two hours,” says Evenly Johnson, the museum’s executive director.
Hidden away on Skyline Drive in view of Black Mountain, the
volunteer-run, member-supported museum will open Oct. 3 for the fall
and winter season.
“This museum almost draws you back in time,” says Johnson.
The collection is split into two galleries covering the history of the people who have lived in the Cave Creek area.
A tour of the museum starts with the archaeology wing, which features
pots recovered from local digs such as the Livingston and Ocotillo
“This area is very rich in archaeology,” says Johnson. “If you know
what you are looking for, you will see it out in the desert.”
An entire wall is dedicated to the Hohokam, Anasazi and Mogollon
peoples. Their lives are dissected in a way that’s easy for children to
understand. The newly refurbished exhibit also features a replica of a
Hohokam house and an activity center where children and adults can
learn to grind corn for flour. …
Cave Creek Museum
6140 E. Skyline Drive. $3 adults, $2 seniors and students. Open 1 p.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens at 10 a.m. Fridays. (480) 488-2764. www.cavecreekmuseum.org.
The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is responsible for 47 wilderness areas totalling about 1.4 million acres. Congress established these areas through the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984 and the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990. The list [on the linked page], organized by Field Office that manages the areas, provides links to more information. Published Management Plans are available for many areas. You may also be interested in our Environmental/NEPA Documents Library.
LEAVE NO TRACE: Wilderness visitors need to be aware of their impact on the land and know how to reduce it. Education is a key to preserving the ecological health of our wildlands. Education is more effective than regulation in changing people’s behavior. The following Leave No Trace principles are recommended as a guide to minimizing the impact of your wilderness visits.
Principles of Leave No Trace
* Plan Ahead and Prepare
* Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
* Dispose of Waste Properly
* Leave What You Find
* Minimize Campfire Impacts
* Respect Wildlife
* Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Minimize your impact on the land and on other visitors, but be sure to enjoy your visit as well. For more information, visit the Leave No Trace home page.
SAFETY: As with other types of outdoor activities, wilderness travel poses potential hazards. You may encounter flashfloods, poisonous snakes and insects, poisonous plants, or lightning storms. Be aware of your exposure to heat or cold. Don’t panic if you get lost. Carry an ample supply of water with you since many areas may not have adequate or uncontaminated water sources.