There are 129 National Monuments in the U.S.A. “The designation of a national monument is a recognition of the space’s contribution to America’s heritage, whether through its rich natural beauty or the role it’s played in our developing national story. Nearly every president since Theodore Roosevelt has made use of his Antiquities Act authority to create monuments. And together, they’ve woven a colorful fabric representing America. To remove any thread would be a travesty“.
We are fortunate to have visited a few in New Mexico and Arizona. The White Sands Monument, the Carlsbad Cavern and the Gila Cliff Dwellings in NM; the Sonoran Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Organ Pipe Cactus, the Saguaro and the Petrified Forest in Arizona.
In Camp Verde, we are vey close to 2 more, the Montezuma Castle and the Tuzigoot, a pueblo, home to Native Americans approximately 800 years ago.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is an ancient cliff dwelling dating back to 1150. The castle stands in a cliff recess 100 feet above the valley. It is one of the best preserved in North America.
Some things in nature are for sure mindboggling! We spot this single plant with delicate flours beside our motorhome. No way to know if the litterbug was trying to water the plant or if the plant simply thrived because of the litterer’s beer !