We had visited
many years ago and I was excited to see it again so I could take some pictures to share on the blog, seems I didn't take enough pictures back then. My biggest incentive these days is sharing this way, and I can never have enough pictures! As we approached the parking lot, I realized that either my memory had failed me or things had changed, I’m going to go with the changes. Montezuma Castle
|Beaver Creek runs through Verde Valley, Arizona
Beaver Creek offered the water source for irrigation and made for rich farmland in the Verde Valley. The crops the Sinagua did plant were corn, beans, squash and cotton and they supplemented their crops by gathering from the plantlife in the valley and hunting the wildlife that wandered the area. They appeared to live well and flourished in the Verde Valley.
It is amazing to hear how these people did survive back then, and to actually see their Castle and the work that was done to accomplish this. They raised generations of their people and worked this valley for centuries. We can only marvel at their hard work and then wonder why they would leave. With all that they had invested it would have had to be a necessity to leave their home. Although we have learned much about the Sinagua people, we may never find the answer to that question, not even on Google :).
There are several ruins in this area of Arizona, not all are as preserved as these are.
We also visited Montezuma Well and will share those pictures and story with you, too.