Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Campground Hike & Montezuma Castle

Today is Wednesday March 10th. Over the past several days it has been cold and rainy but today when we got up the sun was out. We put on our hiking shoes and walked up the path to the top of the hill overlooking the campground. It was really pretty up there and the above picture is looking down over the camper.
This is the view from the top looking the opposite way toward the mountains.
As we stood at the top looking at the scenery this is what we saw coming over the hill in the distance. It never came any closer. Instead it turned and went the other way.
This is overlooking one of the activity centers. The pool, spa, pickleball courts, and the activity room are all in this area. As we finished our walk the clouds started rolling in again.
In the afternoon, after pickleball, lunch and showers we decided to drive to Montezuma Castle.
This is Montezuma's Castle. Built by the Sinagua people in the early 1100s about 100 feet above the valley on the side of the canyon wall. The 5 story, 20 room dwelling was inhabited by about 35 people. They lived here about 300 years till the 14oos and then began to leave for unknown reasons.
This is a close-up view. Ladders were used to get up to the dwelling.
This is a replica if what the dwelling looked like during the time it was inhabited.
This is what is called castle A. It was much larger than Montezuma castle consisting of 45 rooms and an estimated 100 people lived here. It is right next door to the other castle but it was hard for me to tell that it was a dwelling. Before the people left it was destroyed by a fire and almost all of the interior features were destroyed. Collapsed walls is about all that is left.

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