We were able to do some touristy things while we were here and visited Tuzigoot National Monument a pueblo that was occupied by the Sinaguan people from about 1100 AD to 1425 AD. They raised corn, beans and squash, traded with other tribes in the area, and populated the Verde Valley because of abundant game and water. Today there are still several small springs that produce 9 - 12 gallons of water per second, an incredibly important resource in the desert today. Although we don't know the exact reasons for their leaving it is presumed that the climate may have become too dry, or that there were simply better hunting grounds. But, like us, they eventually moved on. Tuzigoot was never meant to be a permanent home and by the early 1400's it was empty with many people traveling east and north. It is thought that the Hopi and Zuni are the descendants of this early people.