TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, along with over 400 other national park sites, will be open to the public free of charge to observe National Parks Week. Celebrating the theme, "National Parks 101," National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, April 23. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures fee free on April 15, 16, 22, and 23.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Pierce explains the significance of this year's celebration: "After celebrating the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, this year marks the beginning of the next 100 years. We are truly protecting national park sites and providing them for enjoyment for this and future generations."
"We tried to build awareness of national parks during the centennial year," said Kathy Kupper, a spokesperson for the National Park Service (NPS). "Now, we want people to take a deeper dive and use National Park Week to discover a new aspect of their parks."
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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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