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Navajo State Park Welcomes Special Guest Speakers for Fatherís Day Weekend

CO Parks News Release 06/13/11
Navajo State Park Welcomes Special Guest Speakers for Fatherís Day Weekend

ARBOLES, Colo. Ė If you think that time spent with dear old dad is time spent fishing or camping together, then Navajo State Park is the place for you. In addition to partaking of your favorite outdoor pursuits, several activities and special guest speakers will add to the fun on Fatherís Day Weekend at the park, June 18-19

On Saturday, June 18 John Porco, a volunteer docent on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, will talk about his favorite topic Ė The Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad Ė at 4 p.m. in the Navajo State Park Visitorís Center Conference Room. He plans to discuss the history of the line and its operation over the years, particularly as it applies to the Arboles area. Lots of wonderful photos, both of the railroad in its heyday and of its current traces, will highlight the program. John resides in Pagosa Springs and has been a railroad fan for nearly 60 years with a particular interest in the Durango & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge.

A little later in the evening at 7 p.m., assistant hatchery manager Riley Morris will give another special presentation entitled "The Durango Fish Hatchery: Past and Present." Riley will talk about the history of the hatchery and its present operations. He will also use pictures to discuss the fish of Navajo Lake. This fun power point presentation will also be held in the Visitor Center Conference Room.

If you want to get out into the park a bit more, then join the park naturalist on Saturday or Sunday morning, June 11 and June 12, for some time on the trails. Saturdayís hike will emphasize the identification and sightings of the fabulous birds found at Navajo. Meet at the Sambrito Wetlands trailhead at 9 a.m. and bring your binoculars. Sundayís hike will take in the colors and smells of summer blooms along the South Piedra trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at the north end of the Windsurf Beach Campground parking area for this hour and a half, two mile hike.

All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call (970) 883-2208 for more information or visit the parkís website at

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