On our second day in Sedona we drove south of the town so Libba could photograph the scenery for her documentary. Then we drove down to the old cavalry fort in Camp Verde, but it was closed so we settled for lunch in the town of Camp Verde at the picturesque restaurant below.
It had a spiffy old Bel Air parked beside it and pretty good Mexican food. Then we drove out to see Montezuma’s Castle.
Early visitors to the Verde Valley figured the cliff dwellings had some connection to the Aztecs, hence the name, but they were actually built by the Sinagua Indians, a local tribe. No one is quite sure why they built their houses so high up — protection from enemies, perhaps, or refuge from floods. In any case, the complex is quite impressive.
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