We drove through Cottonwood, AZ today and then out to the Tizigoot ruins. We had never stopped there before and we had no idea what to expect. At this site, however, you can actually walk up to the ruins and even go through an opening to the rooftop viewing platform! HA! Me and my sore knee actually made it up to the roof! (...happy dance...) Coming down was a...er...dilemna, however, and I had to hang on to the rail CAREFULLY! But, the views of the Verde valley were spectacular! The Indians had a prolific water source in the Verde River and had flat land to farm 360 degrees around them. They also had a wonderful view of the surrounding areas and would have been able to see other tribes coming. It was interesting and informative to stop here and I'm glad we stopped there, even though it was extremely windy and hubby's hat blew off twice!