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Feb 17th
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Beginning Jan. 4, 2014, the National Park Service will offer twice a month winter bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona.

Visitors can join Ranger Melinda McFarland to explore the diverse bird life inhabiting the different ecosystems around the Well. Bird walks will begin at 8:30 a.m. every first and third Saturday through April, weather permitting. The park ranger will meet visitors at the picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.
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The upper portion of Bonita Canyon Drive and the Bonita Canyon Campground in Chiricahua National Monument (NM) located 120 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona remain closed due to flooding from heavy rains that passed through the area on July 23, 2013.

Rangers said on July 28 that both Bonita Canyon Drive and the campground might reopen on July 30, but much cleanup work has yet to be done. Persons interested in visiting or camping should call first.
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Phase II of the improvements called for in the Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment (Transportation Plan) are now substantially complete; and Mather Point and the Visitor Center plaza areas have reopened for public use.

In May of 2008, a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Transportation Plan was signed by the Regional Director for the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS).
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Temporary repairs to the North Kaibab trail on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are now completed and all restrictions have been lifted.

Permanent repairs to the third bridge north of Phantom Ranch, the National Park Service said, will take place this winter when flows in Bright Angel Creek are at their lowest and most stable.
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Arizona is gearing up for basbeball's 2011 spring training, and Tempe, Ariz., located in the center of the metropolitan Phoenix area,will be home plate for Cactus League Spring Training.

From Feb. 25 through March 29, Cactus League Spring Training brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to 10 stadiums to play more than 200 games in 33 days. Spring training schedules, stadium maps, ticket information and Tempe hotel specials can be found at
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