Dec 15

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National MonumentTuzigoot National Monument is an historic pueblo ruin from the 1100s and worth the effort if you are in the Red Rock area of Arizona.  Located about a 30 minute drive southwest of Sedona, Arizona Tuzigoot was once home to the Sinaqua Indians who inhabited the area for over 250 years.  The ruin was orginially excavated during 1930s as part of the FDR’s public works program and Roosevelt later designated it as a national monument.  In 1966 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It is a good sized ruin having at one time housed hundreds of people it has close to 100 rooms.  Tuzigoot National Monument rests on top of a hill overlooking the Verde Valley.  If you visit you will have the chance to walk amongst the ruins and have access to small inside rooms and steps up to the roof.  There is also a half mile side path from the ruins that will take you to the Tavasci Marsh an important migratory birding location in Arizona.Tuzigoot MuseumMake sure you stop by the museum located in the visitor center, it is not very large but it is very well done.  Having just been remodeled and updated in 2011 the small museum area offers invaluable information about Tuzigoot National Monument.  It is one thing to go and look at the ruins it is a completely different thing to learn about and understand something about the who, what when, where, and why of the people that lived there.

Tuzigoot National Monument is a little out of the way and it might not be as big or as well-known as some of the other national monuments in the area, but any time you get a chance to see a structure that is almost 1,000 years old makes for an interesting afternoon.

To check out our reviews of other national monuments click here and if you are interested in other fun things to do in Arizona you can click here.View from TuzigootTuzigoot National Monument
Located at Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, Arizona
Hours of Operation: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm closed Christmas Day
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 16 and over $5.00
For more information about Tuzigoot National Monument visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm

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1 comment

  1. freda phillips

    Very interesting. I had never of heard of this place. Strange, since it is a national monument.

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