Sun, Dec. 15

Full Moon, Full Spirit: Night hike at Montezuma Well

CAMP VERDE - there is a concerted effort on the part of the National Park Service to engage those living near to America's national treasures.

Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot, are no exception.

Some of the most engaging events, and the most successful, have been the nighttime programs that began two years ago. Visitors, it seems, love being under the stars, under the moon and under the spell of the ancient Sinagua dwellings

On Saturday, March 27, Montezuma Well will play host to "Full moon, full spirit,' an opportunity to not only see the well in a different light but to spend an evening poking around in places that aren't always poked around in.

There will be four hikes that evening, starting at 6:30 and taking off about 20 minutes apart. The number of participants is limited. You will need to call and get a reservation.

"It's a chance for visitors to come and see the park with as many different eyes as possible and at a time when most other aren't able to see it," says ranger Penny Wagner.

By different eyes, Wagner is referring to the eyes of archaeologists, who see it as a window to the past, the eyes of Native Americans who see it as a sacred site or the eyes of tourists who see it as an opportunity to learn something different about the nation's heritage.

"The power of place is something we all feel in one way or another," notes Wagner.

A park ranger of learned volunteer will lead each hike.

"I want people who sign up to be prepared to go for a hike. We are going to walk down into the well and back out, Dress for the weather and plan to bring a flashlight," says Wagner.

To make a reservation, call Montezuma Castle at (9280 567-3322 extension 30. Reservation will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

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