Tuesday, December 1, 2009
ABC Wednesday / "T" is for Trail
We walked on a trail beneath these cliff dwellings of a prehistoric culture that once flourished in the Verde Valley of Arizona about 50 miles south of Flagstaff. This area is known as Montezuma's Castle. Southern Sinagua farmers began building this five-story, 20 room dwelling early in the 1100's CE (Common Era). It stands in a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley. The Sinagua lived principally by farming, supplementing their staple crops by hunting and gathering. There was water in the river and streams, fertile land alongside the waterways, and sufficient game to augment a diet that relied heavily on corn.
The trail provided a very pleasant walk through colorful sycamore trees and along streams in the area and an amazing view of the cliff dwelling above.
This information was taken from the brochure given to us by the National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior - National Monuments of Arizona