Naylor to visit museum Oct. 19

Travel author Roger Naylor will visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum on Saturday, Oct. 19 to discuss his latest book, “Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State.” The entire story of Arizona can be told through its award-winning system of state parks. Explore these hidden treasures with Naylor, including the saguaro-dotted desert, rugged mountains, red rock canyons, rolling grasslands, shady forests, and a playground of rivers and lakes. Naylor’s presentation will take place at 11 a.m. in the Learning Center and is included with paid museum admission (free for museum members). “Arizona State Parks” is available to purchase in the museum Stores.

Oct. 20 is the last day to see “Flower Power: Desert Botanicals” at the Museum. From subtle grasses to stately saguaros, the desert is awash in color. Paintings by Arizona artists Jeanne Bonine, Dyana Hesson, Sheila Kollasch and Beth Zink, and archival prints by Matilda Essig highlight the beauty and bounty of the desert, alongside art and artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

The next exhibition to open at DCWM will be the “Trappings of the American West” exhibition and sale, opening Nov. 9 and continuing through Dec. 1, 2019. Presented in partnership with the Dry Creeks Art Fellowship, “Trappings” features work by more than 80 working artists, including contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy. All work will be available for purchase. Featured artists will demonstrate at the Museum each Saturday. Admission to the exhibition and its programs are included with paid Museum admission (free for museum members).

There are some new faces at the museum.This year, Pam Rovida joined the team as retail operations manager; Maggie Edmands, Jeannie Good and Katie Wells as visitor services associates; Lola Snitchler as receptionist and assistant to the director; and Tony Wright as assistant to the facilities manager. The museum has welcomed 18 new volunteers to its roster this year as well: Andrew, Chuck, Kathie, Kathy, Izzabella, Samantha, Rich, Patrick, Lorraine, Jim, Ron, Trish, Kate, Daisy, Herb, Lew, Sandy and William. DCWM’s volunteers will kick off their season with a welcome back reception on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. in the museum’s Learning Center.

Those interested in volunteering at the museum should contact Visitor Services Manager Emily Dykstra at (928) 684-2272 or

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