• A storm gathers behind the pueblo at Tuzigoot


    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 Tuzigoot National Monument to you where ever you are, around the world.

(lb): Ranger Laura


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


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


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.

Did You Know?

MOCA Arizona Sycamore

Because the Arizona Sycamore only grows along constant water sources it is not a good source for dating archaeological sites with tree rings. The Sinagua of Tuzigoot National Monument relied heavily on the native sycamore for support beams and ladders.