|Montezuma Castle National Monument|
One of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America attracts visitors to this national monument in the Verde Valley of Central Arizona. Located at a junction between the Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range regions, the five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling was home to the Sinagua people ...
Tavasci Marsh / Tuzigoot National Monument
|Description: Tavasci Marsh provides wetland habitat for a great diversity of plant and animal life found within the Verde River valley.|
The marsh formed thousands of years ago in a now-abandoned meander or oxbow of the Verde River and today is managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a wetland. The natural activities of beaver have helped to restore the marsh. The marsh was undoubtedly important in supporting the ancient Sinagua pueblo, now protected at the adjacent Tuzigoot National Monument. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that left the area around 1400 AD. Tuzigoot consisted of 110 rooms including two- and three- story structures; the first buildings were built around 1000 AD.
Wildlife to Watch: A variety of water birds including wood duck, great blue heron, least bittern, sora, Virginia rail, American coot, common yellow-throat, and red-winged blackbirds can be seen at the Marsh. Yellow warbler, brown-crested flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, and summer tanager are among the birds utilizing riparian vegetation. Birds of prey include red-tailed, Cooper’s, and common black-hawks, as well as great horned owl. Mammals include mule deer, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, ringtail, porcupine, gray fox, striped skunk, and a variety of bats. Woodhouse’s toad and lowland leopard frog along with terrestrial gartersnake are a few of the amphibian and reptile species that also live there.
Special Tips: Viewing and interpretation at Tuzigoot focus on the pueblo and an overlook trail to Tavasci Marsh, with scenic vistas of the marsh, Verde River, Verde Valley, and Mingus Mountain. The Visitor Center offers guided tours and interpretive displays
Other Activities: The Visitor Center and Tavasci Marsh Overlook trails at Tuzigoot are universally accessible. The Ruins Loop Trail is ¼ mile; wheeled vehicles are not recommended. No formal trails at Tavasci Marsh.
Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Department / National Park Service
Size: 194 acres
Closest Town: Cottonwood
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