Floodwaters down the Gila River have prompted a few changes in the upcoming seventh-annual Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival March 6-7. It was announced previously that the celebration of the outdoors will be held at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, instead of the usual spot along the river near Phoenix International Raceway.
Due to safety concerns regarding increased flows, event organizers decided to not offer canoeing and kids fishing in the river and adjacent backwaters. Fishing, however, will still be available on a localized basis along with and guided hikes and archery.
The changes, however, will not dampen in any way the opportunities the Festival will offer to outdoor lovers wanting to celebrate all the natural world has to offer. Featured are wildlife watching, live music, nature exhibits, hiking.
Admission is free for the two-day event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, however there will be a $2 entry fee per vehicle for entry into the park.