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Three separate cultures had made their appearance here in central Arizona's Verde Valley before the first Spanish showed up in 1583. Hohokam, Sinagua and Yavapai. The Hohokam came around 600 with irrigated farming, living in little stick and mud houses by their fields. Dry farming Sinaguan came in around 1125. From the Hohkam, the Sinaguans adopted irrigating techniques andfrom the Anasazi, to the north, they developed above-ground masonry dwellings, having lived in pithouses earlier. The Sinaguan pueblos gradually enlarged with time to the ones seen at both Montezuma Castle and nearby Tuzigoot National Monument in the 1300's. Early in the 1400's, they melted off the scene, possibly to meld with Anasazis into what is today the Hopi.
Montezuma Castle an Montezuma Well were built in the 12th century by the Sinaguan. At the Castle, the creek below the dwellings provided water for irrigation. At the Well, a spring feeding the lake wihtin the large limestone sinkhole provided waters. The Castle is thought of as the best preserved cliff dwelling in the Southwest.
Fees: $3 / 7 days covering both the Well and the Castle
Montezuma Castle and Well lie about one hour north of Phoenix, just off of I 17.
- Pros:Native American ruins, beautiful locations - Sedona part 1
- Cons:Hot in summer
- In a nutshell:History on Parade
You can walk around the Well. Look at the waters which meant life to those who found them. Imagine that others have done... more travel advice
Both Hohokam and Sinaguans used the waters from this wel to irrigate their crops. The well is in a huge limestone... more travel advice
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