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February 01, 2017
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) held annually in February and March.

January 02, 2017
Join park rangers at Montezuma Well on Monday, January 16th from 11 am – 4 pm for Martin Luther King Day. To honor Dr. King, many organizations around the country are offering opportunities to serve others.

December 29, 2016
Verde Valley National Monuments to Offer Fee Free Admission on 10 Days in 2017
There are 10 more reasons to enjoy Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments in 2017! The parks will offer free admission to all on 10 days in 2017.

December 28, 2016
Verde Valley National Monuments Celebrate NPS Centennial Accomplishments
As the National Park Service embarks on its second century of service, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are celebrating the significant accomplishments of its centennial celebration and engagement with the Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque initiative.

December 27, 2016
Scheduled Maintenance at Montezuma Well Will Result in a Partial Closure of Main Trail
Maintenance workers at Montezuma Well expect a partial closure of the main loop trail. The trail from the irrigation canal (outlet trail) to the parking lot (return trail) will be closed for a full day on January 11th, 2017 to conduct hazard tree removal operations.

December 15, 2016
Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be closed on December 25th, 2016.

December 15, 2016
Maintenance workers at Montezuma Well will be diverting the water to the ditch at the outlet area for the month of December through mid-January, and access will be limited.

November 04, 2016
Montezuma Castle National Monument will host a Veterans Day Ceremony in partnership with The Verde Valley Marine Corps League.

October 18, 2016
Montezuma Castle to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month
In honor of Native peoples' contributions to American culture, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will host special events each weekend in November to commemorate National Native American Heritage Month.

October 06, 2016
Arizona Rough Riders at Montezuma Caslte
On Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Troop 1A of the Arizona Rough Riders Historical Association will commemorate the birthday and accomplishments of President Theodore Roosevelt and the contributions of northern Arizona's all-volunteer "Rough Riders" of the Spanish-American War of 1898.

September 15, 2016
Bird Walks at Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot
Beginning in October of 2016 and continuing through May of 2017, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot National Monument will be hosting bird walks.

September 13, 2016
All National Parks FREE for Public Lands Day
On Saturday, September 24th, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will waive entrance fees in honor of Public Lands Day.

September 06, 2016
Navy Band Northwest Low Brass Quartet to Preform at Montezuma Castle
On Sunday, September 18th, at 5:00 p.m., Montezuma Castle National Monument will host the Navy Band Northwest Low Brass Quartet performing patriotic songs in honor of the National Park Service Centennial.

August 24, 2016
Volunteers Needed for Monarch Butterfly Survey
On September 17th, 2016, rangers will be conducting a monarch butterfly survey at Montezuma Well and they need your help! From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., rangers will lead volunteers through the process of catching, tagging and releasing migrating monarch butterflies as they head south to Mexico for the winter.

August 05, 2016
Traditional Stone Bead Manufacturing and Beadwork Demonstrations
Several programs are scheduled at Montezuma Castle National Monument in commemoration of the National Park Service celebrating its 100th anniversary. From August 25 to August 28, the 421 national parks, monuments and historic sites across the United States will be fee-free in honor of the NPS Centennial.

August 02, 2016
Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers Performance Kicks off National Park Service Centennial Observance
The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers will deliver a performance of patriotic and inspirational songs Thursday, August 18, 10 a.m., at Montezuma Castle National Monument. This special event initiates a week of activities and observances in commemoration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

June 14, 2016
Fire Restrictions
Effective June 15th, 2016 at 8:00 A.M., the National Park Service at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will implement fire restrictions, comparable to those currently in effect within Yavapai County.

June 01, 2016
Centennial Flute Concert
On Saturday evening, June 18th, Montezuma Castle National Monument continues its Centennial Concert Series with an evening flute concert featuring Myron Beeson.

April 15, 2016
Montezuma Castle to Host Tohono Oodham artist Michael Chiago
On Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm, Tohono O’odham artist, Michael Chiago will be painting at Montezuma Castle National Monument and discussing the inspiration behind his paintings.

April 13, 2016
Montezuma Well to Host Centennial BioBlitz
To celebrate 100 years of stewardship, the National Park Service is planning a shared nation-wide quest to discover and document biodiversity. You are invited to be part of the celebration as Montezuma Well hosts a BioBlitz on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

April 13, 2016
Junior Ranger Day Camps Summer 2016
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are pleased to announce six Junior Ranger Day Camps. Four camps will be at Montezuma Well and two will be at Tuzigoot National Monument. All camps are free and designed to teach youth about our national parks and monuments through exploration and hands on activities to foster protection and stewardship.

April 10, 2016
National Park Week 2016 Initiates Centennial Fee-Free Special Events at Verde Valley National Monuments
April 16th to April 24th, is a fee-free opportunity for the public to experience the country’s largest celebration of national heritage. This annual observance is a presidentially-proclaimed celebration of American legacy. All National Parks are Fee-Free to the public during that time.

March 28, 2016
SciTech Events at Verde Valley National Monuments
The National Park Service, in association with the Verde Valley Science and Technology committee is pleased to offer three different events on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Please use these opportunities to come learn more about the cultural and natural resources of our three sites.

March 18, 2016
Montezuma Well National Monument to Reopen Outlet Trail
The outlet trail at Montezuma Well, closed to visitors last fall because of safety concerns, will reopen this weekend after park staff completed major repairs and stabilization. The Well outlet irrigation ditch runs parallel to Beaver Creek and the outlet trail is a separate spur off the main route for visitors, which has always been open to the public.


October 25, 2010
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments to Waive Entrance Fees on November 11
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be joining national park units around the country as they waive entrance fees on Veterans Day in recognition of current and former service men and women.


September 13, 2010
Montezuma Castle Visitor Center Is 50 Years Old
To commemorate its upcoming 50th anniversary in 1966, the National Park Service initiated a 10-year program in 1956 to prepare it to meet the demands of the next 50 years. Dubbed "Mission 66", this effort gave birth to the visitor center, as we know it today. Fifty years ago this month, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater cut the ribbon dedicating Montezuma Castle National Monument's new state of the art visitor center, a facility that was built as part of this initiative.


August 12, 2010
National Park Service Announces New "Green Ranger" Program for Kids at Montezuma Well
The National Park Service will be starting a new youth program called the "Green Rangers" targeting kids around the ages of 9-12 to learn about native plants and habitat restoration at Montezuma Well. Kids will be working with park natural resource staff to plant and collect native seed and help weed invasive plants in the Native Pollinator and Hopi Garden areas at Montezuma Well.

June 8, 2010
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Present Two Special Programs on June 10
The National Park Service will be presenting two special programs on Thursday, June 10, as part of the Verde Valley-wide Festival of Native American Culture. Both programs will be free to the public.


June 3, 2010
Admission to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments Free the Weekend of June 5 and 6
In celebration of America's great outdoors, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will be joining national parks and wildlife refuges around the country in offering free admission to the monuments on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6.


June 2, 2010
Navajo Code Talker Commemorates Memorial Day at Montezuma Castle National Monument
"I was wondering about all those boys on the beach and thinking about their parents", said retired Marine Master Sergeant Dan Akee, relating his experience as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II.


May 13, 2010
Summer Junior Ranger Camps to be Held at Montezuma Well
This summer, Montezuma Castle National Monument will be holding its Second Annual Summer Junior Ranger Camps at Montezuma Well in Rimrock, AZ. Join a National Park Ranger for an exciting four-day learning experience at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument.


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P. O. Box 219
Camp Verde, AZ 86322


(928) 567-3322 x221
Montezuma Castle Visitor Center phone line. Answered by a ranger during normal business hours.

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