After Thanksgiving, visitors to Petit Jean State Park are invited to take a step back in time to the early 1800s at the park’s 14th annual Mountain Rendezvous. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, park visitors will be able to see how people dressed and lived when much of Arkansas was a wild and unsettled wilderness, a place of French exploration and fur trade. The rendezvous camp will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27.

During the rendezvous, visitors can get a look at life during the 1830s and have a chance to visit with re-enactors portraying that time period. There will be opportunities to see how a muzzleloader rifle works, take a peek inside of a trade tent to see all that it has to offer, participate in pioneer children’s games, and touch some wild animal furs. This event is co-hosted by the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association (EARA).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the park at or by calling 501-727-5441.