Two Montezumas and a Tuzigoot

4 paws up for 3 Arizona National Monuments

In the center of Arizona you will find 3 rather small National Monuments, Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot.  All 3 provide a glimpse into the hunting, gathering and farming life of the Southern Sinagua during 1100-1400.  By 1150 hilltop pueblos and cliff alcoves built in the style used by the Ancestral Puebloan people started being built by the Southern Sinagua.  For the next couple centuries the pueblos and populations grew  till the 1400’s  when the inhabitants migrated away leaving us with the remains to explore and wonder about today.

In addition to the cultural and historical significance of these places they are all dog friendly.  Montezuma Castle even has a Bark Ranger program which I believe is similar to the Junior Ranger program.  Martok was too excited to be bothered with it.

Cliff dwelling at Montezuma Castle

As I mentioned in the beginning these are small parks.  The longest trail is half a mile so you are not going to be spending all day at any of these parks, in fact you can visit all of them in 1 day.

Cliff dwelling reflected in Montezuma Well

The trails are mostly paved and classified as easy.

Montezuma Well has a half mile loop trail with 2 spurs, one down to the sinkhole and another to the water outlet.  There is also a Pit House excavation site just off the entrance road.

Montezuma Castle has a third of mile loop trail with self guided tour markers.

Tuzigoot has 2 trails.  The Ruins loop trail is a third of a mile and takes you around the 110 room pueblo and the Tavasci trail is a half mile trail overlooking the Tavasci Marsh.

If you find yourself in central Arizona needing a walk check them out.

Here are the links to the pet regulations:



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