dead horse ranch state park

Day 127 – Red Rock Country Part 3

Day 127 of Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Today Petey and I spent the morning geocaching in Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  We found five of six caches placed around the park.  Most of them were near the lagoons which was definitely the most picturesque part of the park.  The caches ranged in size from micros to medium sized containers.  We found a film canister, a magnetic key holder, two hard, plastic latchable containers the size of a pound of sugar, and a large vitamin bottle that was well camoed.  They were hidden under rocks, in trees, and attached to benches.


Day 126 – Red Rock Country Part 2

Day 126 of Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Tuzigoot National Monument

Once we found the local Starbucks, tucked away in the Safeway, we drove four miles to Tuzigoot National Monument located just north of Cottonwood.  Tuzigoot, Apache for crooked water, is the remnant of a Southern Sinagua Village that was built in the 1100s.  The original pueblo of 77 ground floor rooms was two stories and sat upon a ridge above the Verde Valley.  The village was home to approximately 50 people for 100 years.  In the 1200s, the population doubled and then doubled again as farmers fled drought and settled here.