The facilities and grounds of Tuzigoot National Monument are closed each year on December 25. Rangers will reopen the monument to welcome visitors at 8:00 a.m. MST on December 26.
Although the Tuzigoot environs may appear harsh and unchanging, the desert ecosystem is continually evolving. Weather, climatic shifts, and geologic processes continue to shape this environment as they have for millennia. More recently, human-caused factors such as air, noise, and water pollution and depletion, as well as introduced species, have had a much greater impact on natural resources worldwide. The undeveloped landscape of Tuzigoot provides an ideal place to study how various environmental factors affect desert ecosystems, and predict what changes might be expected in the future.
Did You Know?
Both the fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus can be eaten! Today you can buy them at some grocery stores, but the javelina who roam around Tuzigoot National Monument like to eat them right off the plant.