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Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument

PO Box 219
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone: (928) 634-5564

Tuzigoot National Monument is 52 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona via U.S. You have an 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.

Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. 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 Sinagua built the first buildings 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.

Tuzigoot National Monument is an 834 acre unit located just below the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona. Currently, only 58 acres of the legislated amount are in National Park Service ownership. Although the climate is arid, with less than 12 inches of rainfall annually, several perennial streams thread their way from upland headwaters to the Verde Valley below, creating lush riparian ribbons of green against an otherwise parched landscape of juniper-dotted hills.

From the mineral-rich Black Hills to the south, to the red and white sandstone country of Sedona and the basalt-capped palisades of the Mogollon Rim to the north, to the limestone hills of the Verde Valley, the dynamic nature of the Earth's geologic processes is evident in the landforms surrounding the monument.

The monument contains numerous species of plants, such as mesquite, catclaw, and saltbush, which have adapted to life in an arid environment, but, due to the micro-habitats provided by the riparian corridors, also hosts populations of moisture-loving plants. The tall, large-leaved mesic species of trees, such as sycamore and cottonwood, found only in the riparian corridors, stand in stark contrast to the xeric species found on the neighboring lands.

Nearby Tavasci Marsh, with it's slow-moving water, provides yet another habitat for the great diversity of plant and animal life found within and adjacent to the monument.

  • Open Daily. Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Christmas day. 

  • Summer hours (May 30th through Labor Day) are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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