Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument

During the Depression years of the 1930s, some citizens of Clarkdale, Arizona decided to enhance their tourism prospects by excavating and rebuilding the walls of a Native American village on the summit of a long ridge rising 120 feet above the Verde Valley. In 1939 their efforts were recognized with National Monument status. Tuzigoot, a misspelling of Apache for “crooked water,” is the remnant of a Southern Sinagua village built near two springs and the Verde River between 1000 and 1400 C.E. The pueblo’s highest tower provides a panoramic vista including modern day Jerome on a nearby mountain slope, Clarkdale with its cement plant and old smelter buildings, and, to the south, the growing city of Cottonwood. The Visitor Center has informative displays with artifacts that tell some of the story of this once thriving Native American community.

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