visitors look at restored pottery at tuzigoot national monument

Tuzigoot National Monument – Clarkdale Az

Visit Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale Arizona and witness the incredible legacy of a people who live in the Verde Valley 1,000 years ago.

Set aside a few hours to explore the museum, which was reopened in June 2011. Then roam the trails through the Tuzigoot pueblo and Tavasci Marsh. Spend time with a ranger and learn about the Sinagua and the lives they led in the Verde Valley.

From the Sinagua culture who built this pueblo centuries ago, to the out of work miners who helped excavate in the 1930’s, to the folks who still hold the site sacred today, Tuzigoot is about people.

A few interesting people facts:

Tuzigoot was named by an Apache member of the excavation crew. He suggested naming the pueblo after a near-by water source and suggested the Apache word for ‘Crooked Water’.  Tuzigoot is an Anglicization of the Apache word.

Caywood and Spicer, the principle archeologists on the excavation, were only graduate students at the time!

native american women with pottery
Women were employeed by the federal relief program, the Civil Works Administration at Tuzigoot to put pottery back together.

Women, like those in this photo, were employed by the CWA. They didn’t get to work in the field with the men excavating, but they had the task of putting thousands of pottery sherds back together like fragile puzzle pieces.

Today most of our artifacts are cared for by conservators and curators at the NPS’ Western Archeological and Conservation Center. Come see the great conservation work they performed on the big ollas now back in the remodeled museum!


Open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM; to allow for enough time to see the entire site, plan on being at the monument by 4 PM. Tuzigoot is open seven days a week with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day. The park closes at 2:00 pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Dogs are allowed on park trails but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet. Dog owners must pick up after their pets.


The Tuzigoot museum was renovated and reopened in June of 2011. Exhibits depict the life style of the Sinaguan Indians, and include interactive computer programs in addition to artifacts.