• Montezuma Castle's prehistoric dwelling

    Montezuma Castle

    National Monument Arizona

National Parks will be Free this Weekend

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Date: January 10, 2012
Contact: Ed Cummins, 928-567-3322 x221

National Park ServiceNews Release

For Immediate Release - January 10, 2012
Ed Cummins, Chief Ranger, MOCA/TUZI, 928-567-3322 x227

National Parks will be Free this Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the first three days of 17 this year when admission fees to national parks will be waived.

This week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend would be among the free days in 2012 for all 397 national parks across the country.  

Other fee-free days in 2012 are: National Park Week (April 21-29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 29), and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 10-12).

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be waiving the normal entrance fees this weekend, along with the rest of the fee-free days that will occur during the rest of the year. Superintendent Kathy Davis stated "I'd like to encourage all our local friends and neighbors to take advantage of these free days and come see the parks located in their back yards."

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, including Montezuma Well, are open 8am-5pm, every day except Christmas. Montezuma Castle is located at exit 289 off I-17 in Camp Verde, Montezuma Well is in Rimrock--take exit 293 off I-17, and Tuzigoot is off Historic Hwy. 89A between Old Town Cottonwood and Clarkdale.  For more information, contact the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at 928-567-3322 x221 or the Tuzigoot Visitor Center at 928-634-5564.

 

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Did You Know?

Visitor climbs ladder to MOCA in 1946

Up until 1951 visitors climbed a series of three ladders to enter the dwelling at Montezuma Castle National Monument. That same year Interstate 17 was completed and visitation skyrocketed. Concerns for both safety and the structure (which is 90% original) led to the removal of the ladders.