After spending two weeks at Phon D Sutton recreation area at the confluence of the Salt and
They put us up in the overflow area for the night.
I rode the scooter through the campground at 8:30 this morning looking for a vacated spot. I found one and left the scooter in the site while I walked back to the entrance station to pay for four days. I hate having to move two days in a row.
After getting set up we rode the scooter into
After returning our groceries to the trailer we rode about 3 miles up the road to
Tuzigoot was an interesting place. The
We returned to the campground, had dinner, took a short walk, watched TV and went to bed.
Today we rode up the hill to Jerome. It was a major mining town at the turn of the 20th century, but all the mines closed by about 1950 and it drifted toward being a ghost town. Hippies started moving in during the 60’s and turned it into an art gallery/tourist town. It is perched on the side of the mountain and is still made up of old buildings, some of which have been restored. It was interesting, but there is really no reason for its existence besides being a tourist trap.
After looking around town for an hour or so we continued up the mountain toward
We then returned to
Today it was Montezuma Castle and Montezuma
Montezuma Castle has nothing to do with Montezuma. It’s just that the Spaniards who first saw it thought the natives could not have built anything so grand, so they gave Montezuma credit for it. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the country, built into a limestone cliff alongside Beaver Creek. It is small, but except for some stabilization it is almost completely preserved in its natural state, which is amazing when you consider that the inhabitants left in about 1400.
Montezuma Castle is worth a stop when you consider that half an hour is all you need to see everything. Montezuma Well just up the interstate will take at least an hour and is much more interesting. It is located on a bluff above Beaver Creek. It is a collapsed limestone cavern that is kept filled with water from an underground spring. A lot of water. About 1.2 million gallons a day! And it was a big cavern. The pool is about 300 feet across. There are trails down to the waters edge where you can see cliff dwellings and the location where the water disappears into the side of the cliff. You can then hike back up to the top, then down the bluff to where the water again emerges from the rock just above the creek. Here the ancient natives built a mile long canal to water their crops downstream.
On the way back to the campground we stopped at a gelato shop in town. It was delicious & inexpensive - always a plus!
This is our last day here so we took our longest trip today. We left at 10:30 and rode through Sedona and into
We then rode into