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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.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.
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  • ...of Pueblo ruins, and a good visitor center to explain it. The staff are also really helpful. Keep in mind that the pueblos on this site were partly reconstructed, as used to be the case everywhere....  more »
  • This is a pueblo, an ancient village, built by the misnamed Sinagua people. Although "Sinagua" means "withot water," these people utilized the water of the Verde River and, thus, were able to become s...  more »
  • Very interesting, small and informative museum at the entrance. Lots to read and worth talking to a ranger if you have questions. Good paths to walk around the ruins, go to the top and see it all. Som...  more »
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  • An interesting accompaniment to Montezuma's castle and well as it has a lot more remnants of the old dwelling structures. Gets super hot up there with little shade so bring your water !
  • This ruin, reconstructed in many area, is far better than Montezuma's Castle from my point of view. We actually walked among the structures to get a sense of life in those distant days. Loved it.
  • It's worth the $10 because it gets you into Montezuma Castle as well. It is amazing how huge this place was! You can see remnants all the was down the hillside. Also a great peaceful experience.
  • If you're looking for a great example of a WPA project from the 1930s, then Tuzigoot is the place for you. It gives you a perspective of the size of pueblo rooms but other than the rock, nothing is authentic. Nice museum, great stop. If you're looking for authentic pueblo dwelling, then head to Montezuma's Castle nearby. The drive to both places is incredible amongst thered rocks.
  • They've absolutely ruined Tuzigoot with restorations so extensive, one has to wonder if any of it is original. Anyone looking for a genuine Indian ruin experience should avoid this disappointing and costly attraction. Montezuma's Well in Rimrock will provide you a beautiful, genuine and FREE experience only an hour or so away.