An Official B.A.R.K. Ranger

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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.

Montezuma Castle National Monument Bark Ranger Program

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:

  1. Visit the park.
  2. Ask for a B.A.R.K. Ranger Program card at the visitors center.
  3. 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
  4. Bring the Program card back to the visitors center when you are done visiting.
  5. 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.

Montezuma Castle National Monument Bark Ranger Program
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.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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.

To learn more about Montezuma Castle National Monument and the B.A.R.K. Ranger Program visit any of these sites: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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. 


  1. Emma
    July 1, 2016 / 6:35 am

    That’s pretty cool getting that tag. If you visit a lot of these places, your collar might start getting heavy!

  2. Zim
    July 1, 2016 / 9:09 am

    It was a great visit indeed!

  3. Zim
    July 1, 2016 / 9:09 am

    It was a great visit indeed!

  4. July 1, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    What a fabulous idea to have this BARK Ranger program. I was not aware of it, and agree it would be nice to have these at all the national parks. What a great piece of history preserved at this park. Thanks for sharing ❤

  5. July 1, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    What fantastic idea, my dream one day is to travel through the US visiting the different parks with Layla – thank you for sharing

    • July 1, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Even through we only traveled through a portion of the U.S. it was still an amazing opportunity.

  6. July 1, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    What a great idea! I would have loved for the boys to become B.A.R.K. rangers! Way to be cool, Spencer ♥

  7. Nichole
    July 1, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    How incredibly is cool is that? Such a fantastic idea! We wish we had a BARK rangers program near us!

  8. Pip
    July 1, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Montezuma Castle National Monument. The Bark rangers program is very cool. Arizona does seem to be a very dog friendly state. We didn’t bring Ruby with us to BlogPaws, but I wish we had.

    • July 1, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      I definitely recommend you visiting Montezuma the next opportunity you have! It was a breath taking piece of US history.

  9. July 1, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Spencer, you look so cute in your green booties! The B.A.R.K. Ranger Program sounds awesome. And Flat Teddy, teehee.

  10. July 1, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    The BARK Ranger program is too cool. Thanks for sharing about it. And I love the tag!!

    I agree with you – it would be neat if more parks had programs like this!

  11. July 2, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    That is a really cool tag! This place looks amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Tenacious Little Terrier
    July 3, 2016 / 12:29 am

    Cool program! Is this an Arizona specific thing?

  13. July 3, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    PAWsome!!! We plan to visit when its not too hot 🙂 LOVE that the B stands for Bag Your Poop! – it is so important. Golden Woofs, SUGAR

  14. July 3, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    PAWsome!!! We plan to visit when its not too hot 🙂 LOVE that the B stands for Bag Your Poop! – it is so important. Golden Woofs, SUGAR

  15. July 4, 2016 / 9:35 am

    What a great program! Glad to see you were wearing your protective footwear in the Arizona heat.

  16. Sally Payne Hummel
    July 4, 2016 / 9:42 am

    That’s a terrific program!! Living right next door to Smoky Mountain National Park, I wish they did something like this! I’d LOVE to see my clients and their wonderful dogs hiking and collecting their own BARK tag!

  17. July 4, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    The BARK Ranger program is a great idea! Although I’m sure it was difficult, I’ve always wanted to spend a few days living as a cliff dweller. Can you imagine the view?

  18. Cathy Armato
    July 4, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    That dog collar is neat! We’ve been here once or twice but not with our dogs. AZ really is one of the dog friendliest States! Thanks for sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  19. DIY Dog Mom
    July 4, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Awesome program and great tag! Love it!

  20. July 4, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Wow what a cool program! Love the photos 🙂

  21. July 5, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I just loved this! What a great program. Lovely pics made me feel like an armchair traveler! Thanks for the interesting tour!

  22. July 5, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Spencer, I am officially a groupie of yours since I got to spend time with you and your pawsome Mama at BlogPaws. You make a great Bark Ranger!

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