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Date: September 21, 2017
Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— September 20, 2017

Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172, e-mail us

 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Seeks Public Input on Proposed Entrance Fee Increase.

 

Coolidge, AZCasa Grande Ruins National Monument is seeking public input concerning possible fee increases in 2018. The current park entrance fee of $5.00 has been in place since 2006. The proposed entrance fee would be increased to $10.00. Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful Federal Interagency Recreational Lands Passes (Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in the Park Passes). These passes may be obtained at the Park.

 

“The money from entrance fees is used to improve facilities, infrastructure, and visitor services,” said Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Pierce. “We are committed to keeping the park affordable, but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience.”

 

Fee revenues from entrance stations have provided funding for many projects. All of the projects focus on improvements to visitor services, facilities, accessibility for visitors with disabilities, and visitor safety. Past examples of projects at Casa Grande Ruins include the new theater and movie, repaving of the visitor center parking area, and new historic area exhibits used by visitors to the monument daily. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help with plans to update visitor center displays, make improvements to the picnic area, increase physical and programmatic access for visitors with mobility, sensory, or cognitive disabilities, and provide for the treatment and preservation work needed to maintain the Great House and other park features which visitors enjoy every day.

 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. According to the most recent economic analysis report by the U.S. Geological Survey, in2016, 75,752 visitors to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument spent more than 4.4 million dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported 68 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of 6.3 million dollars.

 

The public comment period is open for 30 days from September 21 throughOctober 21. Please access the National Park Service planning website to comment: https://parkplanning.nps.gov. Written comments can be mailed to the park Superintendent at, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 85128. You may also comment through our main park website (www.nps.gov/cagr). Look for the Contact Us link on the left side of the home page under Park Tools. Or, stop by our visitor center to fill out a visitor comment form between the hours of 9am to 5pm. Comments are being accepted throughOctober 21, 2017.

Following the comment period, your feedback will be analyzed to determine how, or if, fee increases would be implemented.

 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago. Established as the nation’s first federal archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., May through September, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October through April, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day holidays. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument’s website, http://www.nps.gov/cagr. You may call (520) 723-3172, or follow us on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

 

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Fees

The following fees are in effect at Casa Grande Ruins NM:

  • Entrance Fee for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    is charged per person and is valid for 7 days from date of purchase. Each adult (16 years or older) will be charged $5.00. Children 15 and younger are free.
    *Please read the Press Release above for information and a chance to comment on the proposed entrance fee increase.

  • Tour Groups

    are charged the same $5.00 per person entrance fee, unless the visitor is paying individually and has a valid America the Beautiful pass; see pass information below. Groups over 15 people need to make reservations in advance of their visit. The availability of the park auditorium, volunteer guides, seating limitations, and other related concerns can be addressed when making the reservation. If you are planning both the tour and the park film please allow a minimum of 1 1/2 hours for your visit.

  • School Groups (including Colleges and Universities)

    may apply for an Educational Fee waiver, which must be approved prior to the visit. Please call ahead. Groups of 15 or more need to make reservations regardless of waiver of fees.

 
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Passes


Entrance and Standard Amenity fees, as well as proceeds from the sale of recreation passes are used for conserving our nation's land, wildlife, waterways and historical sites, as well as developing, maintaining and improving visitor services and recreational opportunities.

Learn more about America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Passes before your visit to save you and your family's vacation funds.

America the Beautiful

Federal Interagency Recreational Lands Passes are honored by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

 
2015 Annual Pass
Annual Pass
  • Annual Pass

    ($80.00) is accepted at all National Park Service and other Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee, and is valid for one year from date of purchase. Pass admits the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas like Casa Grande Ruins. At per vehicle fee areas, the pass admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle. The pass owner(s) must have signed the pass and will be asked to present a drivers license or other government identification with a matching signature when using the pass.

 
Lifetime & Annual Senior Passes
Lifetime and Annual Senior Passes
  • Lifetime and Annual Senior Passes

    ($80.00 lifetime pass) or ($20 annual) is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. 62 years and over, and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Pass admits the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas like Casa Grande Ruins. At per vehicle fee areas, the pass admits the pass owner and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle. The pass owner must have signed the pass and will be asked to present a drivers license or other government identification with a matching signature when using the pass.The pass owner must be present, the pass is not transferrable and not valid without the presence of the pass owner. Visitors can upgrade to the lifetime pass by presenting 1 to 4 Annual Senior Passes and paying the difference between the combined price of these passes and the $80 purchase price of the Lifetime Senior Pass.

 
Access Pass
Access Pass
  • Access Pass

    (Free lifetime pass) is for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Pass admits the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas like Casa Grande Ruins. At per vehicle fee areas, the pass admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle. The pass owner must have signed the pass and will often be asked to present a drivers license or other government identification with a matching signature when using the pass, unless the pass owner is a minor child. The pass owner must be present, the pass is not transferrable and not valid without the presence of the pass owner.

 
2015 Military Pass
Military Annual Pass
  • Military Annual Pass

    (free) is accepted at all National Park Service and other Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee, and is valid for one year from date of issue. Pass admits the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas like Casa Grande Ruins. At per vehicle fee areas, the pass admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle. Must be currently serving active duty U.S. Military member or dependent of currently serving active duty U.S. Military member. Miltary ID required (CAC card, gold color dependent card) to obtain pass. The pass owner(s) must have signed the pass and will be asked to present a drivers license or other government identification with a matching signature when using the pass. The military ID is not required when using the pass (drivers license may be presented instead), but is required for obtaining a new pass.

 
2015 VIP pass
Volunteer Pass
  • Volunteer Pass

    (Free) This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis during a twelve month period. It provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award. Pass admits the pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas like Casa Grande Ruins. At per vehicle fee areas, the pass admits the pass holder(s) and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle. The pass owner must have signed the pass and will be asked to present a drivers license or other government identification with a matching signature when using the pass.The pass owner must be present, the pass is not transferrable and not valid without the presence of the pass owner.

    Use "Volunteering" link for information on volunteer opportunities at Casa Grande Ruins.

 
4th Grade Pass
2015 - 2016 school year pass
  • Every Kid in A Park Pass

    (Free) Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher, the pass is valid from September to August of their fourth grade year. The pass covers the student and 3 adults of their choice where entry fees are collected per person. It covers everyone in the private vehicle with the student where entry fees are collected by vehicle. Student must visit www.everykidinapark.gov to earn and print their pass before their park visit. The pass owner must print or sign their name on the pass and must be present when the pass is to be used for entry.

 

Accepted Payment

We are pleased to accept credit cards, cash, and traveler's checks, with credit cards the preferred method of payment. Business or personal checks may be accepted as well, but are not preferred. We will ask for identification when you present credit cards or checks. Thank you.

 
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Reservations

Generally, reservations are not needed or accepted for family visits to the park. Visitors may guide themselves through the (pre-)historic area at their own pace while reading wayside panels that explain features and history. Guided tours, when available, are first come first served. Visitors are not required to remain on a guided tour in order to see the main features of the park. Special events or guided tours of areas not normally open to the public will require reservations, however. Advanced reservations for special events can be made in person or by telephone. Reservations require speaking with a park ranger- voice mail, email, or other methods will not be accepted. The park telephone number is (520) 723-3172.

Last updated: September 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 W. Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128

Phone:

(520) 723-3172
General park contact number includes a phone tree for finding the employee you wish to contact. Callers may dial zero for the phone attendant. Voicemail is available for many of the extensions.

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