Wed, Feb. 26

Arizona Roughriders to commemorate accomplishments of Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Troop 1A of the Arizona Rough Riders Historical Association will commemorate the 161st 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.

Visitors to Montezuma Castle National Monument will have an opportunity to discuss the era with members of Troop 1A, and review period military gear, dress, and accessories of the late 1800s. A lady of Troop 1A will talk about women’s contributions to the war.

Birthday cake will be served at noon.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Park Service rangers will present on the early life of Theodore Roosevelt while members of Troop 1A will outline Colonel Roosevelt’s military career including his recruiting, training, and leading of the First Volunteer Cavalry of the Spanish-American War.

The life of Prescott’s William Owen (Buckey) O’Neill, the first citizen to volunteer and also the Captain of Troop A will also be addressed. The commemorative group will give informal presentations on the war, the era, social norms, and contributions of northern Arizona’s Troop A; the first volunteers in the country to fill recruitment quotas in 1898.

Staff will make every effort to ensure that children and adults of all abilities are fully included in all of our recreation programs, facilities, and parks. For questions about accessible amenities or to let us know how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please call Krystina Isaac, Lead Interpreter at (928) 567-3322x228.

These events are sponsored by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. Visitors’ tax-free purchases in WNPA bookstores help WNPA provide direct support to 71 NPS units across the American West. More information can be found at

Regular admission fees of $10 per adult apply, but there is no additional charge for the special programs. All Federal recreation passes are accepted, including the annual, access, senior and military pass; children age 15 and under are free.

Montezuma Castle is located at 2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. For additional information, call 928-567-3322, extension zero, visit

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