The Verde Valley was home to about 50 large pueblos, including the Montezuma Castle National Monument near Camp Verde. Tuzigoot, which means "crooked water" in the Apache language, is near Clarkdale.
Tuzigoot is an easy day trip from the Valley. Visitors can view the ruins and learn about the pueblo in the visitor center in about an hour or 90 minutes. Take Interstate 17 north to State Route 260 at Camp Verde and drive west about 20 miles to Cottonwood. Follow SR 89A Historic (Main Street) through Old Town Cottonwood to the monument about a mile before Clarkdale's business district.