Ancient Ruins of Arizona's Verde Valley

 There are three ruin sites in the Verde Valley that are National Monuments. They are Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot. These sites were inhabited by the Southern Sinagua between 1000 and 1400. The Southern Sinagua were farmers, and the Verde Valley's water and soil gave them what they needed to thrive.

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The Hidden National Park

The title of this blog reflects the natural markers of this National Park. Driving on I-40 in northeastern Arizona, you see a landscape of high desert with subtle tones of gray-green and brown desert foliage. You don't see high mountains, tall trees, deep canyons, massive dunes, or huge signs letting you know you're approaching a national park. You do see a medium-sized brown and white sign reading Petrified Forest National Park.

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