|Posted on February 19, 2017 at 8:20 PM|
Exploring the Sinagua Culture Across the Desert of Arizona | Visit Arizona | Mountain Matron
MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA
Imagine a time when every single action, decision, strength and loyalty was the only way to allow your civilization to survive and thrive. For those who inhabited ancient dwellings 1,000 years ago, it was the only way of life and ingenuity came in vast proportion, especially considering the brutal, unforgiving qualities of the Sonoran desert. Dwellings perched high above the desert floor within the limestone cliffs tribute the genuine commitment and relentless strength within the Sinagua culture.
TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA
Settled on a hilltop the ancient Pueblo, an old village, complete with more than 100 rooms, built by the Sinagua assembled three stories high overlooks the proportionate desert creating a vivid imaginary vision of the history that seeks to be acknowledged, protected and understood.
The definition of SINAGUA is “without water” and pretty significantly describes how the culture used “Dry Farming,” farming without irrigation, exclusively utilizing rainwater, and had it down to a precise seasonal science. They were able to thrive because of this.
Sinagua occupied the Red Rock, Verde Valley, and the region of Flagstaff by 650A.D according to state’s history gurus. While standing in these arenas of Arizona you can’t help but wonder how difficult and demanding this life would have been. Find more regarding the in depth agenda of the Sinagua by visiting the sites for yourself. Plan a vacation and stay at the Dead Horse Ranch state park. Both, the Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument are an hour of one another, the state park stands between the two.
Editor’s Note: Use the Arizona State Parks online reservation system to book your next stay with the Dead Horse Ranch State Park and time travel through the many pivotal towns, smack dab in the center of Arizona. Entrance fees paid for one NM will allow entrance to the other, within 7 days. When you’re ready for a meal - make sure you go to Georgie’s Cafe, just a half mile from Dead Horse Ranch. This neighborhood cafe serves outrageous amounts of food for a minimal price, but it is the service and satisfactory of the food that was without a doubt the best we had in the area.
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