• Montezuma Castle's prehistoric dwelling

    Montezuma Castle

    National Monument Arizona

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.

 
(lb) Ranger Laura

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Laura has been involved with environmental and natural history education since 2008. She began her career on Catalina Island working for a camp that taught students to conserve and respect their natural resources. After graduating from the Park Ranger Training Program at Northern Arizona University, Laura started her National Park Service career in May of 2013 here at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments.

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?).

 
(cg) Ranger Case

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Case began his National Park Service career in 2003 as a volunteer and later park guide at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Montezuma Castle holds a special status for Case: in 2004, it became the first cliff dwelling he would ever behold. After six more years in Texas, he returned to the Castle for a longer stay and is now entering his fourth year as the park's lead interpretive ranger.

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.

 
(sh) Ranger Sharlot

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Sharlot didn't camp out until after her 18th birthday. Since then she's been hooked on all things outdoors! She has worked for MOCA (Montezuma Castle) and TUZI (Tuzigoot) since 2009, when she returned to her beloved home state of Arizona. Before that she explored the nature and cultures of Madagascar and Oregon. Now she loves to hike with her two dogs and husband, when she's not on the trail or leading the summer Junior Ranger camps at Montezuma Well. She also recently went back to school, deciding that she should get a master's degree to further focus her NPS career in archives and archeology.

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.

 
(km) Ranger Krystina

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Krystina has been working at Montezuma Castle since 2011. She began as a Student Conservation Association intern and became an employee through the Pathways Program for students in 2012. Krystina is currently a Master's candidate at Northern Arizona University. Her interests include Southwest archeology and public education. When she isn't working as a park ranger, she enjoys knitting and spending time with her bearded dragon Arnold.

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...

 
(ps) Ranger Paul

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Paul began his ranger career with an epic, icy journey a few years back, after he bet friends he could not only endure a real Alaska winter, but thrive there, as well. He quit his bank job and got hired onto a trail crew at Chena River State Recreation Area in Two Rivers, Alaska. It was a dream job, and he knew then that rangering was his life's calling.

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.

 
(mm) Ranger Melinda

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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?

MOCA Arizona Sycamore 2

This beautiful white-barked tree is a favorite of visitors to Montezuma Castle National Monument. It is the Arizona Sycamore and was important to the Sinagua as well: the beams which you can see sticking through the walls of the Castle are original, placed about 800 years ago.