Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!

A lot of questions arise, as you look at this magnificent structure! And this trail has all the answers on signs that make a 0.4 mile loop!

Nestled in the county of Yavapai, in the city named Camp verde, you will see a very large building on your way to the Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. A casino called Cliff Castle.

After you drive to the Parking lot, park and go in to pay the fee of $10 bucks to both Montezuma and Tuzigoot (you can read my article on Tuzigoot)this will cover up to seven days.

The trail leads you to the castle
All around are signs showing you what the ancient indigenous Sinagua ate, how the people adapted, and how well preserved this monument is preserved!
A painting of the Sinagua Indians , depicting there life by the verde river, farming, making baskets, pottery and the men going out to hunt meat.
Huge Sycamore trees are all around and many other plants!

To the left of the trail is the verde river and many different plants that are food and used as medical properties!

The verde river was beneficial to survive in this area for all indigenous tribes.
When you observe the castle, you will notice many of these alcoves, holes
These were formed by the wind and rain and served as temporary shelter or be used as storage!

As you walk through, you will also notice many small signs showing you all the plants that grow in this area. The people were smart and used earth’s natural resources as means to survive! Archaeologists believe the reason for building the castle so high up is so wild animals or other tribes could not get to them, The Castle has about 20 rooms with 20-30 people living there.

This small building has a diorama of what the castle looks like inside, the button does not work due to kids or just people in general messing with it.
Visitors use to be able to climb up ladders to look inside, but that all stopped. That’s why this diorama was made to get a close up view of the rooms and a glimpse into the life of these people.
Beautiful scenery all around inside this National park

So, you want to know more, you can always visit and learn more! Hours of operation are daily, 8-5 P.M. and this loop is only a 0.4 mile walk! So anyone can come visit it! You can read my article on the Tuzigoot and the Sinagua people as well!

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Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!

Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!

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The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

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The history of Sedona and where to find it’s vortex’s

The two-story building built by the Schnebly’s was used as a post office, hotel, general store, truck farm
The Schnebley family, far left is T.C.. Schnebley, daughter Pearl, Ellsworth, and The lovely, Sedona

Sedona was first found by the first Europeans, from a Spanish expedition in search of gold.It was in 1583, when the first settlers came, but it was very first occupied by the ancient Sinagua about 10,000 years ago. The Sinagua people had pets, such as dogs, parrots, and kept wild turkeys as a food source.However, They mysteriously disappeared or just simply left. To this day, it remains a big mystery!Other tribes were the Hopi, Yavapai, Apache. In Sedona, there are literally hundreds of ruins in Sedona. As you read farther in, I will give you some of the historic places and interesting Spots to go see!

The creation;

Sedona was once at the bottom of the sea 330 million years ago. And the shells of sea creatures formed a red wall limestone due to its color. The result of iron oxide deposited in the rocks by water in later eras.

Here are Some of the names of the first pioneer settlers who came to Oak creek in 1880, were Jesse “Bear”Howard, also known as Charles Smith Howard. Jack Robinson, John L.V. Thomas, William Dyer, James Schuerman, Adolf Willard, John H. Lee.Theodore Carlton Schnebley also known as T.C. Schnebley, the first postmaster. Sedona was named after T.C.’s wife, Sedona Arabella Miller.

Sedona and her husband T.C.
Hollywood made movies in Sedona, this photo is a movie set in Sedona. There were many western movies made in Sedona.

Most of these pioneers were farmers and cattle ranchers, while many were sick with Malaria .Life was very difficult. A journal Was written by Sedona Schnebley explains the hardships they endured and even the death of her daughter in a tragic accident.

Sedona and T.C worked very hard, As Sedona had to wash the clothes in Oak creek, and she also had to run the hotel. T.C. Sold the fruits that grew in the Oak creek Orchard that they grew. As well as being the postmaster!The Oak creek orchard was a big success and was sold to to Jerome, Prescott, Flaggstaff, And was so popular that people in Phoenix drove to Sedona just to get it! This ended though from 70-80’s.

Today, people come due to it’s red rock beauty, for health, mental and spiritual reasons as well as great off-roading and to find pre-historic petroglyphs!

The vortex;

So, what exactly is a vortex and where can you find them in Sedona? A Vortex is a mass of whirling of fluid of water or air, especially a whirlpool or air that sucks everything near it, towards its center. A vortex tube creates cold air and hot air by forcing compressed air through a generation chamber, in which the air spins at a rate of speed (1,000,000 rpm) into a vortex.

I have here a list of the top positive energy vortex spots are at. Trees in Sedona that are affected by a vortex can often look like a twisted pretzel, from the strong energy of a vortex as shown in this image.

A hotspot for a vortex is the Cathedral rock, here, shows the power of energy of a vortex! This juniper tree was twisted by the vortex!

The Cathedral chapel, Airport Mesa, Boynton and many people say there are more. Here are some historic places and interesting spots to check out. USF’s Ranger house-250 Brewer Rd., JordAn historical park-Sedona Heritage Museum-753 Jordan Rd., off-roading , Schnebley Hill rd., The Romanian mansion that a few movie stars may have lived or just had interest in, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp To name a few.

The Romanian mansion in Sedona

. Also for a place to meditate or get some tranquility, Amitabha Stupa & peace park,@2650 Pueblo Dr. ,Also The hart pump house, located in the rear of a parking lot at 251 SR-179

Amitabha Stupa & peace park

You can also check out the Hounanki Heritage site off FR 515 as well!

So, you see Sedona is not only breathtakingly stunning to look at, it has so much to offer us! But an exciting history and a lot of territory to explore! But as always, be careful out there! Happy holidays everyone! Please follow me for more great articles and thank you for reading and sharing! Don’t forget to push follow button!

The story behind the Faraway Ranch and pioneer couple who triumphed!

The story behind the Faraway Ranch and pioneer couple who triumphed!

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