The facilities and grounds of Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well are closed each year on December 25. Both sites will reopen and welcome visitors at 8:00 a.m. MST on December 26.
Meet the Social Media Team
Have you ever wondered who's behind the initials in parenthesis after each and every post we share? Meet our social media team and the people who bring Montezuma Castle National Monument to you where ever you are, around the world.
Laura loves insects. If you find a cool insect on the trail, Laura wants to know about it (please just take a picture, Laura doesn't like to disturb them in their natural habitat). She also has a degree in agriculture, so if you want to talk about how farming is one of the most important developments in human history, she'd be up for that too. At home, Laura likes to cook, exercise, garden, hike, and take photographs of insects (did we mention she likes insects?).
At work, Case enjoys organizing cultural demonstrations, evening flute concerts, and star parties. He also designs museum and trail exhibits, works on park publications, and leads the volunteer program. In his downtime, Case likes to travel—especially to national parks. He also likes hiking, learning, drawing, stargazing, science fact, and science fiction.
Most of all, Sharlot likes finding out new things! So if something amazes you about our parks, let her know by posting it! If you still have an unanswered question after leaving, ask it on Facebook! She wants to stay connected with you.
Krystina previously interned with the Flagstaff Area National Monuments (Wupatki, Sunset Crater, and Walnut Canyon) and is an avid supporter of the Junior Ranger program. She has earned badges from at least 26 parks, so far...
With a degree in history tucked tightly under his wing, Paul worked hard to push his way into the National Park Service. He began volunteering at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, then moved on to Death Valley National Park and then to Sequoia National Park. As the seasons changed, so did Paul's career. Leaving hot sand and giant trees in his wake, Paul pushed on and is now in Arizona at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. Known for whistling 80's monster ballads and never meeting a meal he didn't like, Paul constantly fulfills his love for history as he hikes the wilderness and expands his knowledge and skills at every opportunity.
Melinda started preparing to be a park ranger at a young age by completing as many junior ranger booklets and collecting badges on family vacations. She still fills out junior ranger booklets at every site she visits on her quest to see every national park and monument in the United States. So far, she has 46 badges and only has 92 more to go! After volunteering at a variety of natural history museums, Melinda finally broke into the National Park Service as a Student Conservation Association intern in 2011—at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. She's glad to be back in the Arizona sunshine after spending a summer underground working at Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah.
When Melinda isn't geeking out about national parks, she probably has her eyes to the sky looking for birds. Her favorite types of birds are raptors, and she is always trying to bolster her identification skills as she hikes around the wilderness. So if you see an awesome bird while visiting the monuments, let her know! Melinda looks forward to working at different national park sites, learning new things, and living in a variety of places.
Did You Know?
No fish? Due to concentrations of dissolved carbon dioxide nearly 600 times higher than other natural aquatic environments, Montezuma Well contains no fish. Instead, the collapsed limestone sinkhole has a unique aquatic habitat that is home to organisms found nowhere else in the world.