This was an unplanned stop for us as we moved from the Mesa AZ area down towards the Tucson, AZ area. We had delayed our departure to get laundry caught up, the drive wasn’t long, and so it was mid-afternoon as we were passing by this stop on our route. We’ve been a bit lacking in the last-minute, serendipitous area of our travel mode so on a whim I pointed the truck down the drive for the Monument. We used our National Parks Pass to get in, and spent about an hour looking through the ruins and taking some pictures on the grounds.
The Indian portion of the structure was built in the 1300’s by the Hohokam tribe of Indians as a much larger settlement here.What I love is that we really don’t know why. For whatever reason maybe because science in our day and age seems so smug all the time) I love finding things that science can’t explain. Oh, theories abound but at the root of it all is we don’t why the Indians spent an agonizing amount of time laying the caliche-based mud layers necessary to build a structure this big, nor why they eventually abandoned it along with the rest of the settlement here.
I was also impressed by the protective roof over the Indian structure, in place since 1932.
We skipped the movie (assuming since the origins of the monument aren’t really known they’d just be making up theories again) appreciated the monument, bought a fridge magnet for our collection and then continued our drive to Picacho Peak.