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Contact: Karl Cordova, (520) 723-3172
Visit Casa Grande Ruins National Monument for Free
During National Parks Week, April 21-29
COOLIDGE, AZ-Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, along with the nearly 400 other national park sites, will be open to the public free of charge to observe National Parks Week. Celebrating the theme, "Picture Yourself in a National Park," National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for FREE!
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Cordova asks park neighbors: "How often do we neglect what is in our own backyard? After years of driving by the ruins or thinking you need to wait for 'company' before you visit, why not see what is happening in YOUR National Park?"
here are unique programs planned to celebrate National Parks Week including special video presentations each day at 2 pm. The highlight will be family friendly Junior Ranger programs to be held on National Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hands-on games and craft projects will help children appreciate life in the days of the ancient Sonoran Desert people. Participants in the April 28th programs will earn a Junior Ranger embroidered patch and a chance to win a Junior Ranger kit of exploration tools. In addition, all children who participate in the self-guided Junior Ranger program during National Park Week will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Junior Ranger kit.
"America's national parks have something for everyone," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park."
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story 'Great House' and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the ancestral people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website, https://www.nps.gov/cagr, or you may call (520) 723-3172.
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