Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Montezuma Castle & Well, Camp Verde, Az.

We are now at the Distant Drums campground in Camp Verde, Arizona.  We are here for a week while we visit Sedona, Prescott, Cottonwood, Camp Verde  and Jerome.  After we arrived and set up camp, we went nearby to Montezuma Castle, an amazing pueblo built up in the face of a mountain by the Tuzigoot Indians around 400 A.D.  After our visit there we went to Montezuma Well, a few miles away.  It is a natural spring that has an outflow of 1.5 million gallons a day.  This water was like gold to the native people who lived here.  Some actually built two small dwellings in the cliff above the well.  Was it a guard house or did they tend the well, we'll never know.  After dinner we swam in the pool and enjoyed the hot tub. 

Our campsite at Distant Drums RV Park

Montezuma Castle
You would need very long ladders to reach your home in the castle
Debbie at Montezuma Castle
One of the two dwellings in the cliff above the well

Montezuma Well (with the reflection of the sky)
Prickly Pear Cactus, today they make yummy syrup and jam with it

Tonight's Sunset


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