Joe and Nancy

Joe and Nancy
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ

Tuzigoot is Apache for "crooked water", from nearby Peck's Lake, a cutoff meander of the Verde River. Historically, it 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.  Tuzigoot is located just east of the small town of Clarkdale, and down the hill from Jerome about four miles.
There are many rooms comprising this ancient pueblo.  From a distance, it just looks like a pile of rocks.

From the top of Tuzigoot one see Clarkdale to the west about two miles.  In Clarkdale, there is a neat train one can take up into the Verde Valley towards Peckinsville.  From there website: 
Asphalt, concrete and tension drift away as you slip into an unspoiled world where serenity and stimulation miraculously coincide. Running from Clarkdale to Perkinsville, the Verde Canyon Railroad is a stress-free wilderness adventure…at 12 mph.

In the distance, you can make out the train returning to Clarkdale, about 5 in the afternoon.
To the left and up the mountain just below the peak, lies the old copper mining town of Jerome.  On the other side of the mountain about 15 miles lies Prescott and Prescott Valley.  The panorama was just awesome.

Looking up to top of the old pueblo, Tuzigoot.  Next blog will be about the old mining town of Jerome.  Till next time, Joe & Nancy