The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!
The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at FindYourPark.com (and EncuentraTuParque.com) and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.
National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Montezuma Castle National Monument was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!
Montezuma Well’s significance is due, in part, to its unique water chemistry and ecosystem. As we continue to identify endemic species (weird bugs!), we help define the Well’s unique environment and distinguish it from all other locations in the region and world. Similarly, research provides invaluable insight into the development and evolution of the MOWE ecosystem. Read more
The Montezuma Well Riparian Restoration Project, located at the Well Unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, began in 2008 as a cooperative venture with Natural Channel Design (NCD). Despite many challenges during the project, the overall goal of restoring the native habitat and reducing the number of invasive species has been successful. Read more
The Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Southwest, and the NPS wants to keep it that way. Here, plasters made from local clay and wood ceilings that might normally have been lost to weathering are intact and protected. The NPS has partnered with researchers from the University of New Mexico to learn more about the Castle and how best to help protect it. Read more
In celebration of Founder’s Day 2012 we held a youth-centered art event. Art played a major role in the creation of National Parks by bringing the beauty and splendor of our nation’s landscapes to the attention of Congress and the public. To honor the impact of art in the history of the National Park Service we invited children of all ages to come out and get creative by painting, drawing, and illustrating their vision of our parks on paper. Read more
Land use has always been a mix of the biological and social sciences. During the 2012 Summer Junior Ranger Camps held at Montezuma Well, Jr Rangers learned about the past cultures which have lived on and utilized this land. That means that the kids did everything from building a pueblo-style wall, just like the pre-historic Sinagua culture, to taking hikes while identifying useful plants! Read more