We were on our way to Payson, AZ from Cottonwood when we spotted a sign announcing Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. It was near Camp Verde, AZ, and not too far off our route, so we headed out to find it. I figured it was some ruins of some kind, but didn’t know what. Imagine my surprise when walking down a path and seeing this up on the cliff above me.
Created in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was quite a ruin to see, perched high up on the cliff face. A twenty room apartment, inhabitated for 400 years. Sorry that I wasn’t able to spend more time there, but it was a bit warm.
We were on our way to visit friends that have a home in Payson. While on a hike in the national forest with them, we stumbled upon a ruin site that was being excavated.
I spent quite some time talking with the volunteers. They only work the site a few weeks in the Spring and Fall.
A partial pot, along with a burned timber which appeared to be part of a doorway.
There were pottery shards everywhere.
The sifter. He told me he had recovered enough of the pieces like he was holding to partially reconstruct the pot it came from. What a puzzle that must be.
Payson is a great little town in East Central, Arizona. I could definitely live in the area, and spend some of my spare time digging in the dirt alongside those volunteers….jc