This ancient native American ruin was reconstructed during the works projects administration in the 1930's. The site sits on top of a small hill in the middle of a beautiful valley. It is thought to be the ruins of a village of the Sinagua tribe between AD 1125 and 1400.
The monument is quite hot in the summer time, so hats and water is recommended when walking around the ruins. There is a small but interesting air-conditioned museum featuring pottery, tools, and other artifacts from the site. There are also books and souvenirs available for purchase.
There is a $5 per person fee for adults, but children are free.
This site can be toured in less than an hour and is a nice attraction to visit on the way from Prescott to Sedona, Arizona.
Inside the largest dwelling at Tuzigoot you can begin to imagine life inside an ancient pueblo. The cool darkness inside this dwelling is in sharp contrast with the bright sun outside. But remember, the door you entered through didn't exist for the ancient ones. Ceiling holes with ladders provided the only access back then.
Be sure to visit the National Park Service Museum at Tuzigoot for a complete picture of Sinaguan life.
The literal high point of any visit to Tuzigoot will be a trip to the 'citadel', the reconstructed room from whose roof you can view the surrounding territory. Although various documents I've read say this structure wasn't defensive and there is little evidence of warfare, I'm not so sure. Everything about this structure and its location shout out that Tuzigoot was indeed a castle and that this highest room was the lookout point. Come visit and decide for yourself.
There are many Sinaguan ruins to visit in central Arizona -- Tuzigoot, Montezuma's Castle/Well, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki are the interpreted National Monuments. Of all of them, Tuzigoot gives you the best close up of ancient construction techniques.
Like Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot (Apache for 'crooked water') was another Sinagua Village inhabited during the twelth through fifteenth centuries. It is a maze like compound of rooms which were originally entered by ladders through the roofs. The top room (pictured) offers great views of the countyside, which the Sinaguas once farmed.
Of course the Sinagua are long gone but you can still meet the locals in the form of the park rangers. This is Penny. She was very friendly and had good knowledge of the area.
On the other side of the plaza is a grouping of seven rooms that formed an extension of the Tuzigoot Pueblo. These rooms are from the 1300s.
In some areas of the ruins you can approach quite close so you can observe details of how the pueblo was constructed and how the rooms connected to each other.
Inside the Visitors Center are several nice displays about the building of the pueblo and the Sinagua People. Take the time to walk through it before taking the trail to the ruins.