Special Easter Opening for Carr House

Carr House Visitor Information Center

Open Easter Weekend, April 4 and 5

 

If your plans for Easter weekend include spending time in the great outdoors enjoying our beautiful spring weather, be sure to make time for a stop at Carr House. The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains will open Carr House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4 and 5.

Carr House Host Mike Foster will be showing videos of the Easter Yaqui ceremonies in Arizona and Mayo ceremonies in Sonora.  These ceremonies last the 40 days of Lent and culminate on Easter.  The struggle between good and evil is represented in the interaction of the Pascolas and Deer Dancers during a ceremony that really gets going by Good Friday.  On Easter morning an effigy of Judas and the ceremonial costumes that were used are burned to clean away the last bit of evil that has been defeated by the Deer Dancer.  The Deer Dancer image is frequently used as the most proud symbol of the State of Sonora. This is a special time for indigenous people as well as other Mexican Catholics and explains why so many people are celebrating in the forests Easter weekend.

Mike will also be happy to share his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Huachuca Mountains. You can learn about the history of Carr House from the many photographs and newspaper articles available in the house, and then take an easy hike to the ruins of some of the homes and outbuildings left by a few of the families who called Carr Canyon home. Children will have fun exploring the many nature exhibits available in a special activity room just for them.

It will be a great weekend at Carr House, so come and join us!

Carr House will open again for its regular season on April 25 and will then be open on weekends through the end of November.  Information on our Sunday afternoon educational programs is available under our “Programs” heading.

Carr House is located on Carr Canyon Road, 2.1 miles from the intersection of Highway 92 at the Mesquite Tree Restaurant. Visit our website, www.huachucamountains.org, for more information.

NOTE: The Pascua Yaqui Reservation in Tucson will be holding traditional ceremonies on Good Friday night, April 3. If you are interested in more information, please contact Mike Foster at sarjuesos@gmail.com. Please note that no photos or videos are permitted on the Reservation during the ceremonies.