Seeking the Sinagua
Explore ancient ruins on a fall drive through Arizona's Verde Valley
Families can spend a crisp fall day in Arizona’s Verde Valley, delving into ancient dwellings and learning about their former residents, the Sinagua. And this month the golden canopies of the area’s towering sycamore and cottonwood trees are reason enough for the drive.
Montezuma Well, one of several preserved Sinagua sites along the waterways of the valley, is an oddity in the high desert: an oval of deep turquoise waters formed centuries ago when an immense underground cavern collapsed and warm spring waters rushed in. The small lake’s hue and form must have appealed to the Sinagua―they built dwellings in the cliffs surrounding the well and used the water to irrigate crops.
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