Tuzigoot National Monument preserves a 2 to 3 story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge just east of Clarkdale
, 120 feet (36 m) above the Verde River
floodplain. The Tuzigoot Site is an elongated complex of stone masonry rooms that were built along the spine of a natural outcrop in the Verde Valley. The central rooms stand higher than the others and they appear to have served public functions.The pueblo has 110 rooms.The National Park Service currently owns 58 acres (230,000 m sq), within an authorized boundary of 834 acres (3.38 km sq).
The monument is located on land once owned by United Verde/Phelps Dodge. The corporation sold the site to Yavapai County
for $1, so that the excavation could be completed under the auspices of federal relief projects. The County in turn transferred the land to the Federal Government.
Tuzigoot was excavated from 1933 to 1935 by Louis Caywood and Edward Spicer of the University Of Arizona
, with funding from the federal Civil Works Administration and Works Project Administration. In 1935–1936, with additional federal funding, the ruins were prepared for public display, and a Pueblo Revival-style museum and visitor center was constructed.