All National Park Service sites, including Tonto National Monument, will celebrate National Parks Week from April 20 through April 28. Also, in recognition of National Parks Week, the monument’s Western National Parks and Monument bookstore will be giving a 15 percent discount on all books, games, music, and everything else in the bookstore.
Admission will be free from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26.
“This year’s theme, ‘Did you know ... ?’ provides a fun way to discover the wonders of America’s national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.
“For example: Did you know that there are now national parks in all 50 states? Did you know that national parks include seashores, battlefields, and historic homes? Did you know that the country’s highest peak, lowest point, tallest tree, deepest lake and longest cave are in national parks? Did you know that you probably live within an hour or two of a national park?”
Did you know ... history comes to life in national parks? So come out to Tonto National Monument on Wednesday, April 24, and take the opportunity to walk through a prehistoric cliff dwelling and watch the art of flint knapping before your very eyes. This demonstration will take place on the observation deck of the Visitor Center in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The park also sponsors star-gazing activities at night. On Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Tonto National Monument will sponsor “Those Who Came Before,” with an hour-long film on Southwestern archaeology in the national parks and monuments.
Then on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m., the Monument will show a 45-minute long film by PBS and Ken Burns entitled “The National Parks: This is America,” which celebrates the diverse history of the national parks, bringing together stories of extraordinary people from a variety of backgrounds who devoted their lives to the national park ideal — to preserve and protect these special places for everyone.
Also, for these two evenings only, the monument’s Visitor Center will stay open until 6:45 p.m.
Please be sure to bring a flashlight for walking from your parked car to the amphitheater.
These free programs are open to everyone. For more information, please call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241 or visit the monument’s Web site at www.nps.gov/tont.
Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.