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Verde River Field Seminar

Available year-round on Saturday/Sunday

The Verde River is a major tributary of the Salt River that runs through Phoenix. It is one of the largest perennial streams in Arizona. The Verde provides habitat for a diverse array of wildlife species and contains some of the most important riparian and associated upland habitat found in Arizona and the Southwest. Little wonder that ancient cultures were drawn to this important source of water and wildlife to build major dwellings.

The first stop will be the Tuzigoot National Monument. Tuzigoot was first occupied about A.D. 1000. The pueblo grew to be one of the largest known hamlets on the Verde River by A.D. 1350. Prior to abandonment, Tuzigoot pueblo contained between 90 and 100 contemporaneous rooms. Perhaps 225 people were living in the pueblo at that time. Just across the river, the 20-room Tuzigoot extension was occupied by perhaps another 45 people.

The second stop to Hatalacva, an Archaeological Conservancy preserve, is currently unavailable due to ongoing research that prevents visitation to disturb the surface.

START: We start at 8:30 am in the Archaeology Center for an overview - leaving the Center promptly at 9:00. You should plan to arrive no later than 8:00 to check-in. Park in the rear parking lot.

LENGTH: 3 hours

TRANSPORTATION: We use a stretch van and take no more than 10 passengers. The van has comfortable seating, heat and air conditioning and tinted windows.

PRICE: Because the visit to Hatalacva is not currently available, a reduced price of $100 per person includes transportation from the Center, water and Monument admission fee. 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. A private tour can be arranged with pick-up at your location with a minimum of four participants.

DIFFICULTY: Tuzigoot has paved trails but has a steep incline and a few steps.

Additional information on the seminars, such as required clothing and supplies, can be found in the Details page.