Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale
Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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.Tuzigoot was excavated from 1933 to 1935 by Louis Caywood and Edward Spicer of the University of Arizona, with funding from the federal Civil Works Administration and Works Project Administration. In 1935 - 1936, with additional federal funding, the ruins were prepared for public display, and a Pueblo Revival-style museum and visitor center was constructed.Use our Clarkdale trip builder to add Tuzigoot National Monument and other attractions to your Clarkdale vacation plans.
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We did a self-guided tour of the Tuzigoot site after going through the small display in the visitor's center. The ruins are up a hill, but the path is paved and it was a short walk. There is one area ... read more »
I had my share of ancient ruins on my trip around Arizona, so as my official ‘final ruin of USA 2016’, it had a certain honour attached to it. The park is ok, being a large ruin (some 100 rooms) perch... read more »
This monument is interesting in 2 ways-- excavations show actual architecture ,living sections and agriculture areas of this community; the museum/ office has several excellent interpretive displays. ... read more »
Benjamin J.G. Moore
This hill-top reconstruction of an Ancestral Puebloan ruin was a quick, interesting stop on our road-trip. Within 20 min we walked the steep paved path that allows you to get up close and even inside the reconstructed rooms. I'd recommend viewing the ruins and reading the signs along the path before exploring the visitor center. Tuzigoot is an impressive depiction but doesn't exude the same ancient historic charm as the nearby Montezuma Castle. If you only have time for one, I'd go to the "castle." For those without an Annual National Parks Pass, the $10/person admission is valid at both Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle monuments.
To tour through the ruins is a very peaceful and spiritual experience. To stand, at the end of the day, and look out over that small valley and try to imagine their life and to wonder what it must really have been like. A Monument not to be missed.
I'm into historical places, so this place was great. Really nice native ruins. Great for photos. It's $10, which is a decent price considering that fee also covers Montezuma Castle National Monument. You could explore the place pretty well in 30 minutes, as it's not too big.
Amazing trail, walk and info. breathtaking views of the "river"...(green trees all the way)
It's a little small and you will finish this very quickly, but it is a very cool part of history. The entrance fee here also gets you into Montezuma's Castle, so take advantage of that as well.
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