Hello and Happy Friday! While traveling to Arizona one of many pit stops we made was the Montezuma Castle National Monument. This monument is located just south of Sedona and 95 miles north of Phoenix. Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Since Aunt Zim (from History by Zim) was along, she didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see this monument in person.
Here is what the website says about this site:
Today we gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
When we got the visitor center the rangers welcomed us and encouraged us to find relief from the heat inside the visitor’s center. While my mom and Aunt Zim were talking with the Rangers, I hung out with Theodora Roosevelt or Flat Teddy as my mom called him. I loved that he was hanging out right by a floor vent.
I found that Arizona is a very dog friendly state and this National Monument was no exception. They were excited to share with us their B.A.R.K. Ranger Program for the canines that visit the park.
Here is how the program works:
- Visit the park.
- Ask for a B.A.R.K. Ranger Program card at the visitors center.
- Follow the B.A.R.K. rules while visiting.
- B – Bag Your Poop
- A – Always Wear a Leash
- R – Respect Wildlife
- K – Know Where You Can Go
- Bring the Program card back to the visitors center when you are done visiting.
- A Ranger will sign the card if you follow the B.A.R.K. rules.
Once you have a Ranger sign the card you can purchase your very own Montezuma Castle National Monument Bark Ranger dog collar tag.
I’m in love this program and wish more National and State Parks/Monuments would have canine programs like this for several reasons:
- Encourages pet owners to visit these location with their pet especially while on vacation.
- Promotes movement and activity for both humans and dogs.
- Teaches not only adults but kids as well how to be good and responsible dog owners.
- Teaches kids how to protect historical places such as this one for generations to come.
- Fun collecting B.A.R.K. Ranger tags for other parks.
I’m taking my Ranger duties very seriously, if you don’t mind I’m going to get back to patrolling the area. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you know any parks, either state or national, that have programs such as this please leave a comment below.
Spencer the Goldendoodle received this tag at a discounted price for sharing this program with his readers. Spencer the Goldendoodle believes in this program and would have shared this information with his readers regardless of the discount. Spencer the Goldendoodle received no additional benefits for talking about this program. The opinions in this post are the honest opinion of Spencer the Goldendoodle. Montezuma Castle National Monument is not responsible for the contents of this post.