CASA GRANDE, 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 on April 21, in observance of National Park Week.
National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.
This year's theme is "Park Stars," celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.
In addition to getting into Casa Grande Ruins for free on April 21, visitors receive a 15% discount on any items purchased in the visitor center bookstore on that day. The bookstore is run by the Western National Parks Association.
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 am to 5 pm, October through April, from 9 am to 4 pm, May through September, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day.
Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website, http://www.nps.gov/cagr, call (520) 723-3172, or follow on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.