Montezuma Castle National Monument for One
#NaBloPoMo Cee’s Which Way Challenge, #Sedona trip#1,
Maybe it’s because the National Parks are 100 years old this year. Happy birthday, NPS.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, a thirty-minute drive in light traffic, south from Sedona, AZ surprised many tourists looking which way to go on Thanksgiving besides the dinner table.
Looking at the dry red rocks and desert landscape along the path at the foot of Montezuma Castle, it was hard to imagine anyone farming the area.
Yet productive Hohokam and Sinagua native settlers grew corn, beans, squash and cotton from about 1125 AD to 1425 when they disappeared.
The hole in the side of the limestone cliff was one of many openings or alcoves into which the Southern Sinagua carved pueblos into the cliff about 10 feet. Each of these open rooms housed a small family.
Darlene and I walked the short trail admiring these open houses and chatting with visitors we met on the path with us.
These early tribes used willow trees for implements and supports in their pueblos. In spite of being built in crumbling limestone cliffs, these homes held up for 800 years.
For more Which Way entries, find your way to Cee Neuner’s blog. This is an easy one to enter. There’s no weekly theme. Keep a lookout for any path or road, sign, bridge, stairs. See her site for details
Do you ever pick up and head out with old friends or family, and not know where you might end up? For the next few posts, I’ll share how my friends and I spent the week in Sedona, AZ.
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