Monument Tours

We offer several options to visit the National Monuments in the Verde Valley. The tour stops can include:

  • Montezuma Castle -- The Monument includes a set of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. The dwellings were built and used by the Sinagua people between 1100 and 1400. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries. 
  • Montezuma Well -- The "well" is a natural limestone sinkhole that contains Sinagua dwellings. The Well's steady outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved near the park's picnic ground, and portions of the canal's original route are still in use today. 
  •  Tuzigoot National Monument -- This monument preserves a 2- to 3-story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge. The pueblo has 110 rooms built by the Sinagua between 1125 and 1400. It is the largest and best-preserved of the many Sinagua pueblos in the Verde Valley. 
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Center -- This stop includes the monumental sculpture to "The Exodus." The Beaver Creek watershed is sacred to several Native American tribes, including the local Yavapai - Apache people. Yavapai and Apache history spans several hundred years in the Verde Valley at a minimum. The tribes generally coexisted, as two culturally distinct groups in the country surrounding the Verde River. We discuss the Nation's history and view their exhibit area.

Our scheduled tour offerings are:

Beaver Creek Dwellings: This tour starts with a visit the Yavapai-Apache Nation, followed by Montezuma Castle, then Montezuma Well.

Verde River Dwellings: This tour visits the Atkeson Pueblo (described in the Archaeology Tour section) and then on to Tuzigoot.

All Monuments: This tour visits Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot. This is a full-day tour of about six hours including a lunch stop.

  • START: 8:30 am in the Archaeology Center for an overview, leaving the Center promptly at 9:00. We can pick up at your hotel/location for groups of four or more.
  • LENGTH: 3 hours (6 hours for All Monuments)
  • PRICE: $95 adults / $85 children 12+ for the Beaver Creek and Verde River tours.  $125 adults / $100 children for the All Monuments tour. Members and their guests receive a 15% discount.
  • GROUP SIZE: We can schedule a field seminar with a minimum of 2 participants and maximum of 10. 
  • DIFFICULTY: The hike to Atkeson Pueblo is moderately difficult with  uneven terrain. The Monuments have paved trails.

Go to the Details page for additional information, such as required clothing and supplies.