Tavasci Marsh/Tuzigoot Nat'l. Monument

Description: Both of these sites are within the boundaries of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Tutizgoot is an archeological monument and there is a visitor center and restroom facilities there. Tutzigoot is vegetated with typical high desert plants dominated by grasses, creosote, and Mesquite. Tavasci Marsh, on the other hand, is a lush desert marsh land dominated by marsh grasses and cat tail. This site is listed as the Tuzigoot Important Bird Area list of the Northern Arizona Audubon Society.

Administrative Agency: National Park Service.

Restrictions and fees: Tavsaci Marsh is open only to hikers; there are no fees; there is no camping.

Elevation: 3340'

Ease of road access: There are three access points where parking is available. All these require you to hike along easy trails from your car to the marsh.

Ease of hiking access: Trails are clear and easily hiked All require a moderate decent into the marsh which is, of course, bottomland.

Approximate area size: 0.3 sq. miles

Frequency of use by public: very lightly used by hikers, most of which come in through Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Parking facilities: Parking is easily accessed and surfaces are paved. The Dead Horse Ranch SP lot requires fee-paid entrance into the Park.

Non-bird Interests: Archeology and history (Tutzigoot) camping (Dead Horse SP)

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