Our experienced guides will share the legends and history of the SINAGUA PEOPLE. Northern Arizona's Verde Valley is one of the richest archeological areas on the continent. Peopled by many cultures throughout the millennia, they have left behind an indelible imprint on this landscape. Travel with us to MONTEZUMA CASTLE and TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MONUMENTS and time permitting Montezuma Well for a glimpse into the lives of the remarkable Sinagua people. Our knowledgeable and experienced guides will share the legends, stories, and history of this area.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde, ArizonaMontezuma Castle is situated about 90 feet (27 m) up a sheer limestone cliff, facing the adjacent Beaver Creek, which drains into the perennial Verde River just north of Camp Verde. It is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, in part because of its ideal placement in a natural alcove that protects it from exposure to the elements. The precariousness of the dwelling's location and its immense scale - almost 4,000 square feet (370 m2) of floor space across five stories - suggest that the Sinagua were daring builders and skilled engineers. Access into the structure was most likely permitted by a series of portable ladders, which made it difficult for enemy tribes to penetrate the natural defense of the vertical barrier.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale, ArizonaTuzigoot National Monument (Yavapai: ʼHaktlakva, Western Apache: Tú Digiz) preserves a 2- to 3-story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge just east of Clarkdale, Arizona, 120 feet (36 m) above the Verde River floodplain. The Tuzigoot Site is an elongated complex of stone masonry rooms that were built along the spine of a natural outcrop in the Verde Valley. The central rooms stand higher than the others and they appear to have served public functions. The pueblo has 110 rooms. The National Park Service currently administers 58 acres (23 ha), within an authorized boundary of 834 acres (338 ha).Duration: 1 hour