Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. From a roof top a child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders, who are due any day now. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? Will all of them return? From the top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine such an important moment. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were
built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres.
There are good views from the ruins of the surrounding area, and this should be included on a day trip to Sedona/Jerome from Phoenix. It is only a few miles down the road from Montezuma's Castle National Monument.
Operating Hours, Seasons
Open Daily. Summer hours are 8 AM to 7 PM Winter hours are 8 AM to 5 PM
Closed on Christmas day.
How to Get to Tuzigoot National Monument
Nearest Airport to Tuzigoot National Monument - Nearest Service is in Phoenix
CAR - Tuzigoot National Monument is 52 miles south of Flagstaff,
Arizona via U.S. Alternate Highway 89A, or 90 miles north of Phoenix.
Travel Interstate Highway 17, take Exit 287 and travel west on Highway
260 to Cottonwood. In Cottonwood take Main Street north towards Clarkdale.
Weather & Climate
Summers are generally hot and dry, winters mild.
The Visitor Center is accessible to wheelchairs.
Camping at Tuzigoot National Monument
None in the monument.
Activities and More Information at Tuzigoot
Two trails are found at Tuzigoot -- The Ruins Loop trail and the Tavasci Marsh Overlook trail. These two self-guiding trails with wayside exhibits describe the cultural and natural history of the site. The Ruins Loop trail is paved, about 1/3 mile in length. It is steep and not recommended for wheeled devices such as wheelchairs. The Tavasci Marsh Overlook trail takes the visitor to an overview of Tavaschi Marsh, one of the few freshwater marshes in Arizona. This trail is accessible for wheeled devices such as wheelchairs. Rangers are available on the trail and programs are presented when staffing permits.
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