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November 11, 2014
Native American Artists to Demonstrate Traditional Spinning, Weaving, Natural Dyes
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – A gathering of Native American artists demonstrating traditional natural dyes and twill and belt weaving will be held Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ.

November 04, 2014
Montezuma Castle National Monument Receives 2014 Park Stewards Grant
Camp Verde Arizona – Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument is one of 28 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Our Natural Resource project educates youth on native plant identification, propagation, and restoration of our native areas, by working directly with two local high schools.

October 30, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Propose Entrance Fee Increase
Camp Verde, AZ – Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will hold three public meetings in November to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.

October 20, 2014
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month with Indigenous Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Events
CAMP VERDE, AZ—in honor of Native peoples’ contributions to American culture, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will host special events each weekend in November to commemorate National Native American Heritage Month

September 24, 2014
Montezuma Castle to Host Weekly Native American Flute Circles Beginning October 5
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Beginning Sunday, October 5, the National Park Service will partner with Western National Parks Association to offer a 10:00 a.m. flute circle at Montezuma Castle National Monument. A flute circle is a gathering of people who meet regularly to learn, play, share, or simply enjoy music played on Native American flutes.

September 22, 2014
National Parks and Monuments Fee-Free for National Public Lands Day
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – National Park Service units throughout the country will waive entry fees on Saturday, September 27, in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

September 08, 2014
Special Program at Montezuma Castle Honors National Anthem’s Bicentennial
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – A special commemorative program observing 200 years of America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, at Montezuma Castle National Monument.

June 09, 2014
Traditional Pai Arts and Crafts Demonstration at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Cultural specialists from the Paipai and Cucapá tribes of northern Baja California will demonstrate the making of pottery, basketry, agave fiber cordage, bows and arrows, and other traditional arts at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, AZ., Thursday June 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 05, 2014
Fire Restrictions – Montezuma Castle & Tuzigoot National Monuments
Camp Verde, Ariz. – Effective Thursday, June 5, 2014 the National Park Service will increase campfire and smoking restrictions at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

June 02, 2014
Evening Flute Concert at Montezuma Castle
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – On Saturday evening, June 14, the National Park Service invites the public to Montezuma Castle National Monument for an Evening Flute Concert with Tewa-Hopi flute player and guitarist Ed Kabotie.

May 12, 2014
Montezuma Castle to Host Program Exploring Ancient Technologies
CAMP VERDE—The art of stone tool flint knapping and other early hunting technologies will be demonstrated in a special Memorial Day program, May 26, at Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, AZ.

April 22, 2014
2014 Fire Restrictions Montezuma Castle &Tuzigoot National Monuments
Effective Tuesday, 22 April 2014, the National Park Service at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will implement fire restrictions, comparable to those currently in effect within Yavapai County.

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.

 

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.

 

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