While we in the Sedona area we visited Montezuma Castle. We were excited to see our first cliff dwelling. We learned that the Sinagua farmers built this five story, 20 room building in the cliffs. They probably chose to build here because of the proximity to water and fertile land. They grew corn, beans, squash, and cotton. Next to the castle were the remains of a six story apartment like building consisting of about 45 rooms. These structures faced south to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Marcus and Caroline completed the Junior Ranger Program which included writing a cinquain, a short poem about their visit.
Caroline’s Cinquain Marcus’ Cinquain
strong, hard big, strong
house, shelter, protection stays, lives, feeds
I like Montezuma Castle really cool big house
While we were there a red hawk flew above the castle as if he were guarding it. We spoke with a knowledge ranger who told us what the Sinagua children were like. Caroline would be expected to grind corn for her family and her grandmother might be the one in charge. Marcus would go as far as five miles away to collect sticks for the fire.