Montezuma Castle  

This is in Camp Verde, AZ. Minnie and I have been here before some years ago, but it was nice to revisit the park, they have made some improvements since we were here last. It is an easy third of a mile tail to see the castle, you can only see it from a distance. There is a nice visitor’s center with accommodations.

 

Montezuma well

ThIs also is in the Camp Verde, AZ area. We have not been to this park before. Previously I didn’t think it was worth the effort to go and see it, I thought it was just a well. This is worth going to go and see.

There isn’t much of a visitor’s center or accommodations at this park. This is also a one-third mile trail, but it is a more challenging walk. The walk from the visitor’s center to the well is a steep walk, where you get a great view of the well and the surrounding country side.

Over 1.5 million gallons of water flows into the Well every day, a rate that has not fluctuated measurably despite recent droughts throughout the state of Arizona. This water enters a “swallet” near the end of the trail into the Well and flows through over 150 feet of limestone before re-emerging from the outlet into an irrigation ditch on the other side. Sections of this ditch date back over 1,000 years. The value of this water is recognized still today, as many residents of nearby Rimrock, AZ rely on water flowing through the irrigation ditch for their gardens and livestock.

There are two side trails, one trail takes you inside the well to the outlet of the well. From there you can see some structures along the well walls. This trail is a steep decent into the well. The second trail takes you to the outlet of the well, where the water goes into an irrigation ditch. This is also a steep trail, but not as steep as the trail inside the well.

We took the both side trails and I would say, if you are up to the hike, I would advise taking them. I would also recommend having some water with you on the hike, there is not much shade here.

 

Tuzigoot  

Tuzigoot 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.

I thought that we had visited this pueblo before but, after being here, I don’t remember much about it. There is a nice visitor’s center and good accommodations. It is a short hike from the visitor’s center to the top of the pueblo. There are some great views of the area from up there.

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.

Ride Conditions

Weather was cool when we started the ride, and the sky was clear. By the end of the ride it was getting a little warm, 97 degrees when we got back to the valley.

We had a great ride today. We spent some time at each of the parks, so, it was a full days ride for us.

Route and mileage

Miles Traveled: 280

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