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    Montezuma Castle

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March 04, 2014
Demonstration at Tuzigoot National Monument Highlights Cultural and Artistic Innovation from Lands to the South
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Two cultural demonstrators from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will exhibit the techniques used to make traditional paddle and anvil ceramics and etched marine shell jewelry and figurines on Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, AZ. Ron Carlos and Jacob Butler continue to make artistic creations in the manner of the Hohokam people of southern Arizona, using ancient skills and hand-collected materials.

February 01, 2014
PRESCRIBED BURNING PLANNED AT MONTEZUMA WELL
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris and Russian thistle at Montezuma Well in late February or early March. The piles will only be burned if environmental conditions are favorable and an adequate number of firefighters are available.

January 28, 2014
Yavapai Basketweaver Donna Nightpipe to Present Cultural Demonstration at Montezuma Castle National Monument
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – An informal demonstration highlighting the legacy of Yavapai basket weaving will be presented by artist Donna Nightpipe on Saturday, February 15, at Montezuma Castle National Monument. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ms. Nightpipe and her husband Francis will share knowledge of natural basketry materials and traditional weaving techniques used by the Yavapai of central Arizona.

January 13, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Fee Free Entry
Camp Verde, AZ – Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with fee free entry into the monuments.

January 12, 2014
Hopi Artist Larry Melendez to Demonstrate Traditional Katsina Doll Carving at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Hopi old-style katsina doll carver Larry Melendez will present a special cultural presentation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ. In an informal presentation, Mr. Melendez will demonstrate the mineral paints, cottonwood roots, and carving techniques he uses to create representative figures in the Hopi traditional style.

December 15, 2013
Make and Play Your Own Native American Flute at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – On Saturday, December 28, Don Decker from the Yavapai-Apache Nation will be at Montezuma Castle National Monument, showing how the Dilzhe’e or Western Apache people made traditional reed flutes. From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., while the materials last, Mr. Decker will show visitors how to make and play their own reed flutes.

December 08, 2013
Bi-Monthly Bird Walks at Montezuma Well
Rimrock, AZ - Beginning Saturday, January 4, 2014, the National Park Service will offer winter bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Visitors can join Ranger Melinda McFarland to explore the diverse bird life inhabiting the different ecosystems around the Well.

June 09, 2013
Summer Solstice, Full Moon, and Flute Music at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – On Saturday evening, June 22, the National Park Service invites the public to Montezuma Castle National Monument for a Full Moon Flute Concert with Sedona musician Wolfs Robe.

May 14, 2013
Teachers Become Rangers at Montezuma Well
When they return to school in the fall, teachers’ new experiences help them connect students with all that awaits them in America’s great outdoor spaces. At the same time, teachers help park rangers improve educational programs. Rangers are able to make field trips more engaging, while tailoring talks and tours to the state curricula to better support teachers’ needs.

May 11, 2013
Tohono O’odham Basketmakers to Weave at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – On Saturday, May 18, Tohono O’odham weavers Fred and Della Cruz will be demonstrating traditional basket making at Montezuma Castle National Monument from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

April 22, 2013
2013 Summer Junior Ranger Camps to be Held at Montezuma Well
This summer, Montezuma Castle National Monument will be holding the 5th annual FREE Summer Junior Ranger Camps at Montezuma Well in Rimrock, AZ. Join a National Park Ranger for an exciting four-day learning experience at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Junior Rangers will learn about the prehistoric Sinagua culture, geology, archaeology, and preservation through hiking, discussions, and hands-on activities.

 

January 13, 2011
National Parks Will Be Free This Weekend
Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the first three days of 17 this year when admission fees to national parks will be waived.

 

December 18, 2010
Sunday Bird Walks at Montezuma Well
Beginning Sunday, November 21, 2010, the National Park Service will offer guided bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock, Arizona.

 

October 25, 2010
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments to Waive Entrance Fees on November 11
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be joining national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day in recognition of current and former service men and women.

 

September 13, 2010
Montezuma Castle Visitor Center Is 50 Years Old
To commemorate its upcoming 50th anniversary in 1966, the National Park Service initiated a 10-year program in 1956 to prepare it to meet the demands of the next 50 years. Dubbed "Mission 66", this effort gave birth to the visitor center, as we know it today. Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater cut the ribbon dedicating Montezuma Castle National Monument's new state of the art visitor center, a facility that was built as part of this initiative.

 

August 12, 2010
National Park Service Announces New "Green Ranger" Program for Kids at Montezuma Well
The National Park Service will be starting a new youth program called the "Green Rangers" targeting kids around the ages of 9-12 to learn about native plants and habitat restoration at Montezuma Well. Kids will be working with park natural resource staff to plant and collect native seed and help weed invasive plants in the Native Pollinator and Hopi Garden areas at Montezuma Well.

June 8, 2010
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Present Two Special Programs on June 10
The National Park Service will be presenting two special programs on Thursday, June 10, as part of the Verde Valley-wide Festival of Native American Culture. Both programs will be free to the public.

 

June 3, 2010
Admission to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Free the Weekend of June 5 and 6
In celebration of America's great outdoors, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be joining national parks and wildlife refuges around the country in offering free admission to the monuments on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6.

 

June 2, 2010
Navajo Code Talker Commemorates Memorial Day at Montezuma Castle National Monument
"I was wondering about all those boys on the beach and thinking about their parents", said retired Marine Master Sergeant Dan Akee, relating his experience as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II.

 

May 13, 2010
Summer Junior Ranger Camps to be Held at Montezuma Well
This summer, Montezuma Castle National Monument will be holding its Second Annual Summer Junior Ranger Camps at Montezuma Well in Rimrock, AZ. Join a National Park Ranger for an exciting four-day learning experience at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

 

Did You Know?

Datura Flower

Spring is a beautiful time at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Beware this flower, though: this Sacred Datura, or Jimson Weed, is toxic if eaten.