Simon was very impressed with the large amethysts.
After our visit to the gem show we visited Tuzigood National Monument.
The ranger was very nice to allow us to use the staff picnic table for our picnic. The view of the Verde Valley was beautiful.
Jerome, AZ off in the distance at the left of the photo. The kids thought it was cool that there was snow on the peaks.
At the top of the monument.
Verde Valley.....it is nice to see the desert all green because of the recent rains.
Simon practicing his corn grinding skills like he did while we were in Colorado.
A view of the monument.
Last stop....Montezuma's Well. A view of the cliff dwellings built above the water.
At the bottom of the well is an 800 year old ruin that you can look into up close and personal. Good thing I have kids, because of all the times I have visited the well, I never knew it was there!
The well from above with the cliff dwellings of in the distance.
The well naturally drains on the other side of the well and the Sinagua tribe used to irrigate their farm land. Simon enjoyed trying to catch the water bugs. Unfortunately, he was not successful.