An Archeological Adventure at Roxborough State Park-A DMN Event $$

Take a trip back in time by traveling in the footsteps of the ancient Archaic and Woodlands people who called Roxborough their home thousands of years ago. We’ll learn about these hearty people’s traditions, daily living and survival tactics and what our civilization can take away from the disappearance of theirs.

Please be advised that Roxborough is a state park and therefore you will need to purchase a  $7.00 park permit at the entrance. Not required if you have a current State Parks Pass affixed to your windshield.  People are strongly encouraged to carpool.

Outing particulars Phase I:

The outing will start at the plaza just outside the visitor center. Once everyone has checked in and has been cleared to begin, a brief overview of the hike and learning objectives will be given (appx. 10 min.).  We will then hike the Fountain Valley Trail, stopping at various archeological points of interest along the way for discovery and discussion. This phase of the outing will take approximately 1.5 hours, with one planned 15 min. water/rest break at the Pearse Homestead nestled half-way through the trail loop at the northernmost point of the Park.  Total distance and level of difficulty of first phase: 2.2 miles. Overall moderately challenging trail with moderate elevation gain at first, then many areas of low difficulty and slight elevation change.

Phase II:

Upon finishing hiking the Fountain Valley Trail, we will enter the visitor center and view some actual artifacts and fossils found at Roxborough. Restrooms and water fountains are available in the visitor center, so this will also count as our 2nd continue to speak and take questions about the subject matter, participants are free to move about the exhibits and visitor center during this time. At 11:15, we will assemble again in the plaza outside the visitor center for our next phase. Those who do not wish to complete the final optional phase of the outing will be asked to sign out.

Phase III:

The final phase of the outing, starting at approximately 11:20 a.m., will be a hike through the South Valley Rim Trail just south of the visitor center. Though there will be no stopping points of interest in this phase, there will be discussion along the way and at the planned rest points about the early people of the area and how the rim may have served their daily needs and rituals. We will also discuss the parallels of their civilization and ours and what we can do to prolong the existence of our current civilization or adapt to the changes to come. We start the hike at the lower parking level trail-head.  There will be a 5 min. water/rest break at the overlook about 25 minutes in and then another about 20-25 minutes later at the Di Mitchelltree memorial bench for 10-15 min. The second stop will offer shade and a chance to talk about the day’s findings. The hike and the outing will officially end once we arrive again at the visitor center at or before 1 p.m.  Total distance and level of difficulty of third phase: 3.0 miles. Moderate to challenging on the first leg of the trail to the overlook, with a consistent and considerable elevation gain. Moderate to easy level of difficulty for the remainder of the hike with more pronounced elevation decrease toward the final, relatively level leg of the trail.

People are certainly encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy at this point of the outing.  Those who would prefer to leave certainly can.

TEN ESSENTIALS:

» Navigation (map and compass)
» Fire (matches or lighters)
» Signaling Device (whistle or mirror)
» Sun Protection (sunglasses and sunblock)
» Insulation (extra clothing)
» Nutrition (extra food)
» Hydration (extra water and/or the means to make more)
» Illumination (flashlight/headlamp)
» First Aid Kit
» Emergency Shelter (trash bag, bivy sack, tent)
» Bonus: Repair Kit including tools

This outing will be co-lead with Colleen Finnerty, but Dave Read is the leader for this outing and the main contact person, so please contact Dave Read if you have any questions or concerns here on Meetup prior to the outing.

***As with all DMN Sierra Club events a $5 donation is recommended but certainly not required.  This money helps the DMN maintain the high quality you have come to expect from our outings.***


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  • Sue

    Thanks Dave and Colleen. I really enjoyed the education and the hike.
    Nice day in Roxborough.

    June 2

  • Martha

    Was a great combination of cultural & athletic outing.

    1 · May 31

  • Colleen

    This was a great day; thanks Dave! Also, congratulations on becoming an official Outing Leader; yay!

    1 · May 31

  • David R.

    Beautiful day, great participation within the group. Thank you all for coming and for your interest in the topic. Roxborough is truly a treasure of the park system, and I'm glad you came out to learn more about it and enjoy its trails, views and wildlife.

    1 · May 31

  • Joan

    I'm not sure how to cancel via my phone, but I can't attend the Roxborough hike, so there is now a spot open. Will take my name off formally when I can reach my computer in a few hours.

    May 29

  • JoLynn J.

    carpool anyone? perhaps Hampden & Santa Fe area

    May 27

    • Stacy

      JoLynn, I am coming from Thornton, I am willing to meet at a PnR and donate some money to the gas expense.

      May 28

  • David R.

    No worries on your friend not wanting to team teach. Please have them RSVP to be put on the wait list. I will be in touch with folks on the wait list if and when space opens up. Hopefully I will be able to add him/her. Cheers!

    May 12

  • Joan

    Hi Dave - My friend says:

    I really wouldn’t feel comfortable in that role and know nothing about Roxborough Park! He will likely know more than I since he knows that area! Please clarify that I am just an avocational archaeologist. I’d like to go to learn, not to teach.
    I can see if I can find anything about the area in my books (I will do that anyway), but unless I find something specific, it would be very general information. If something comes up that I know something about, I would be willing to speak up, but I’d rather not be in the position where I am expected to contribute.

    May 11

  • Joan

    I'll ask her -

    May 11

  • David R.

    Hello Joan - I apologize for the delay in getting back with you. Since your friend is an Archaeologist, and that is why you thought it would be good to add them, would he or she be interested in being a part of the presentation/education aspect? It would require just some minor preparation with me ahead of time. I think having him or her as an active feature of the hike would make the experience more rewarding for everyone, and it would justify me being able to add an extra person.

    May 9

  • Joan

    Would it be OK if I brought an archeological friend with me?

    May 6

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