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Origins of Tuzigoot

Sometime around 1000 AD the Sinagua people built a large pueblo on the edge of the Verde Valley. They built an agricultural based society here and established hundreds of miles of trade routes with neighboring tribes. The pueblo was two to three stories high and had 110 rooms. The US Park Service established Tuzigoot National Monument to preserve this important historical area. In addition to Tuzigoot, there are Sinagua ruins in Walnut Canyon, Montezuma's Castle and Wupatki nearby. The Sinagua left the area in the 1400s. Many believe they blended in with the Hopi Nation.

The Verde Valley

Here is a view of the Verde Valley where the Sinagua grew their crops. The year round availability of water from the Verde River and the mild climate made for an extended growing season and provided the Sinagua with bountiful crops and good trade materials.


They have a pretty nice museum in the visitors center at Tuzigoot. One of the rangers there was Penny, who was knowledgeable and very friendly. Stop here for park brochures and any souvenir needs you may have (like postcards for your VT friends).

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  • Last visit to Tuzigoot National Monument: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2009
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    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Wasn't this place Fantastic! It still holds amazing vibes. A wonderful page and much appreciated. Have a super weekend!


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