Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale

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Tuzigoot National Monument 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).Tuzigoot is Apache for "crooked water," from nearby Pecks Lake, a cutoff meander of the Verde River. Historically, the pueblo was built by the Sinagua people between 1125 and 1400 CE. Tuzigoot is the largest and best-preserved of the many Sinagua pueblo ruins in the Verde Valley. The ruins at Tuzigoot incorporate very few doors; instead, they use trapdoor type openings in the roofs, and use ladders to enter each room.At this site, remains of pithouses can be seen as well as petroglyphs, although the petroglyphs can only be viewed on certain days of the week.The monument is on land once owned by United Verde/Phelps Dodge. The corporation sold the site to Yavapai County for $1 so that the excavation could be completed under the auspices of federal relief projects. The county in turn transferred the land to the federal government.
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  • Beautiful view and nice visitor center. A visit here takes about an hour or two which includes wandering the ruins and reading about the area and people who once lived there. Although the information ...  more »
  • We came here after Montezumas Castle as the admission covers both. Such a fun contrast! Huge to walk around - and then up! The restored room inside is amazingly cool in the heat of the day- gotta give...  more »
  • The Verde Valley has a number of places worth visiting and Tuzigoot National Monument is definitely one of them. From this monument, visitors will enjoy learning about the native people who lived in t...  more »
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  • If you love an adventure and history this is a must see. It is breathtaking and indescribable. The staff is very friendly and if you haven't already you need to get a passport and stamp your parks. Great fun for the kids.
  • Very good national park with lots to see and do. It does include another park not far away. Very educational and great views. It is well worth the admission. Hiking trails available with some learning on the way.
  • Amazing pueblo village where you can climb to the rooftop. It gives a great sense of daily lifeof those who lived here. The park rangers were very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Very nice visitors center. It has a great display of artifacts. The dwellings is very accessible with paved trail. You can go in to the dwellings. Go see it.
  • Enjoyable, however, to get the most from these sites, a little homework would help. It requires a good deal of imagination to visualize everyday life in these ruins. It is well maintained, has competent docents and great views.
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