NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at FindYourPark.com.

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Montezuma Castle National Monument is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

 

Experiences 

  • Take a Stroll at Montezuma Well

    A pond of water surrounded by high banks.

    Take a stroll at Montezuma Castle's other site: Montezuma Well. Check out a natural well, Sinaguan cliff dwellings, and watch how drastically the desert gives way to lush, green trees and bushes in the riparian area along Beaver Creek. End with a picnic at the picnic area where you can dip your feet in the historic canal, fed with water from Montezuma Well. Read more



Call to Action Projects 

  • Riparian Pasture Project Restores Montezuma Well’s Native Habitat

    Two images of the same area in pasture - one with brown grass and tumbleweed, and one with green bushes and new trees.

    The Montezuma Well Riparian Restoration Project, located at the Well Unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, began in 2008 as a cooperative venture with Natural Channel Design (NCD). Despite many challenges during the project, the overall goal of restoring the native habitat and reducing the number of invasive species has been successful. Read more

  • Researchers Help Keep Montezuma Castle Looking Good

    Three people stand discussing a wall with pink plaster.

    The Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Southwest, and the NPS wants to keep it that way. Here, plasters made from local clay and wood ceilings that might normally have been lost to weathering are intact and protected. The NPS has partnered with researchers from the University of New Mexico to learn more about the Castle and how best to help protect it. Read more

  • Founders Day Art is Afire!

    Sketching in front of Montezuma Castle

    In celebration of Founder’s Day 2012 we held a youth-centered art event. Art played a major role in the creation of National Parks by bringing the beauty and splendor of our nation’s landscapes to the attention of Congress and the public. To honor the impact of art in the history of the National Park Service we invited children of all ages to come out and get creative by painting, drawing, and illustrating their vision of our parks on paper. Read more

  • Summer Junior Ranger Camps Mix History and Nature

    Jr Rangers Campers get a lesson in birding

    Land use has always been a mix of the biological and social sciences. During the 2012 Summer Junior Ranger Camps held at Montezuma Well, Jr Rangers learned about the past cultures which have lived on and utilized this land. That means that the kids did everything from building a pueblo-style wall, just like the pre-historic Sinagua culture, to taking hikes while identifying useful plants! Read more

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