First stop was Montezuma Well. The huge hole fills with water a percolates underground and served irrigation purposes for ancient tribes. There were also some cliff dwellings. You can see the dwelling in the upper left hand side of the photo. While I was there it started to pour rain and thunder with lightening. The rangers warned to get off the rim in the event of lightening, so my exploring was cut a little short.
Next we went to Montezuma's Castle, which is not a castle and has nothing to do with Montezuma. He we never there. The cliff dwellings are some of the most well preserved examples of these type of pueblo dwellings. Very little renovations have been done to them except resurfacing the faces.
These are not just holes, but most likely caves and storage caches.
Along the path I ran across some wild flowers.
Interesting bark and tree. I think it is a Sycamore Tree.
We had planned to go on to Tuzigoot NM but it started to rain and hail big time, so retreated back to the campground. We'll catch Tuzigoot another day.