CLARKDALE, Ariz. – This week the National Park Getaway series of travel articles, sponsored by the National Park Service, takes you to Tuzigoot National Monument located outside of Clarkdale, Arizona. On the summit of a limestone and sandtone ridge rests an ancient pueblo above the Verde River. Once a commercial center where residents traded with others for exotic merchandise, the pueblo is now an National Monument. However, you can still find exoticness there even if you are not actually trading.
The Tuzigoot National Monument originated over 900 years ago and now part of which was excavated in the 1930s. You are able to explore the 2 to 3 story, 110-roomed pueblo and the rooftop, check out gorgeous mountain views and the museum to see displays of artifacts from Tuzigoot and other sites in the area that have been excavated.
Besides the pueblo Monument itself, the surrounding area is worth a look as well. Tavasci Marsh lays among the desert with lush green grasses and water. The Marsh was acquired by the National Park Service in 2005, more than 60 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the pueblo as a U.S. National Monument in 1939.
To learn more about this wonderous U.S. National Monument and to plan your visit, go to the National Park Service’s website at: www.nps.gov/getaways.