22nd Annual World Atlatl Contest and Endurance Challenge at Valley of Fire State Park on March 22 through 24

Atlatl 05 010 150x150 22nd Annual World Atlatl Contest and Endurance Challenge at Valley of Fire State Park on March 22 through 24OVERTON, Nev. – Three days of discovery and competition involving the ancient atlatl tool, which predates the bow and arrow and was commonly used by natives for hunting bighorn sheep.  The events are free of charge, but entrance into the park is $10.00 per vehicle; Nevada residents receive a $2.00 discount.  Please contact Ranger Amber Heman at 702-397-2088 or at vofranger2@mvdsl.com for questions.  Events are dependent on weather and could change.

March 22: Atlatl Demonstration

Drop by Atlatl Rock to learn about the ancient atlatl tool, which predates the bow and arrow.  The atlatl was commonly used by natives of the area while hunting bighorn sheep at Valley of Fire.  Get a chance to throw an atlatl and test your hunting skills.

WHEN: Friday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlatl picnic area, 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.
WHO: This event is open to the public.

March 23: 22nd Annual World Atlatl Contest

Join people from around the world as they compete to be the best Atlatl Champion.  Registration starts at 8 a.m.  Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third places in the women’s, men’s and children’s divisions.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Atlatl picnic area, 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.
WHO: This event is open to the public.

March 2:  Kids Ancient Arts and Crafts

Join park staff for fun crafts; learn how to throw with an atlatl; create your own petroglyphs; and many more fun activities.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlatl picnic area, 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.
WHO: This event is open to the public.

March 24: Atlatl Endurance Challenge

Join competitors from around the world as they test their endurance in pursuing prey.  Competitors will choose to run/walk a 1-mile fun run/walk, 5k (3.1 miles), or half marathon (13 miles) trail route, and finish with a precision shoot-out as they test their skills in ancient hunting tactics.  Medals will be awarded for first, second, and third place in all three run distances.

WHEN: Sunday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Atlatl picnic area, 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.
WHO: This event is open to the public.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.