Group: Arizona Parks and Recreation Association
When: Thursday, November 9, 8 am to 1 pm
Cost: $25 members, $35 non-member
Dedicated on November 30, 2016, Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is a lasting tribute to 19 wildland firefighters who perished protecting the community of Yarnell on June 30, 2013. The development of Arizona State Parks and Trails first memorial state park was a labor of love for everybody involved. It continues to be an integral part of the recovery process for the community.
This will be a raw and immersive experience. In order to see the fatality site, you must hike approximately 7 miles of trails up to the ridge, down into the canyon and back again. You will hike the same rugged hillside. You will feel the same winds on their faces that stirred up the deadly flames. Finally, you will see the place where the Hotshots desperately cleared brush and deployed their emergency shelters as the fire overcame them. You will breathe heavily from the exertion of the hike. It’s hot. It’s dry. The effort to see this sacred ground is part of the honor paid to the fallen Hotshots. It is an acknowledgement of their skill, dedication and sacrifice. You will be moved.