Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde

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A cliff dwelling built by the prehistoric Sinagua people, Montezuma Castle National Monument took three centuries to complete. The dwelling has five stories and 20 rooms, giving it its castle-like appearance. View the dwelling from the lookout point below, then learn about the Sinagua culture and history in the visitor center near the viewing platform. There you will discover that the name of the attraction developed thanks to a misinterpretation by early settlers who thought that the Aztec leader Montezuma had something to do with its construction. Find out how to plan Camp Verde trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • My husband and I were driving from Tempe to Sedona when he saw a sign for montezumas castle and well. He decided we should stop even though I was not too excited of losing more time in Sedona but man ...  more »
  • Nice visitor center. Great stop on your way to Sedona. Easy, well maintained walkway to the site. Parking can be a bit challenging, but not too bad. The monument is one of the coolest things I've ever...  more »
  • This is just off the 17 and well worth the visit. This is a South Sinagua site where hunters and gatherers utilized the local resources to live in this green valley. The size of the castle and the lus...  more »
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  • Sufficient restrooms, a museum, and a short walk to see the cliff dwellings. It is amazing to see these dwellings as they are largely intact. You cannot go inside, or get close to these, but it is still very much worth the visit. There is a fee, but I forgot to get the amount. My wife and I buy the National Park pass every year for $80 which then gets you into monuments and parks like this. Side note - take the extra time to visit Montezuma's Well. It's free, and much more fascinating then a web search leads on. If you go do the whole loop and down to the canal. The whole hike is half a mile.
  • This place is a little out off the beat path, but it is an amazing archeological find!! It is well worth the drive and the scenery is amazing! Not many people come here so it can be pretty quite and peaceful. You are not able to go into the ruins but you can see them from below. The rangers we're very nice and explained things. There is a gift shop there and a small museum. The bathrooms were also quite clean.
  • Very Interesting National Park where you learn how the Indians lived many, many years ago and how they had crops even though there was no water to plant and irrigate. One is able to observe a dwelling built high into the mountain rock composed of several floors and interconnected via ladders which served several purposes especially that could be withdrawn should they be attacked. They had special smoke rooms to conserve the food and crops.
  • My advice is unless you have more time to do the other park, just go to Montezuma well. We did not have time to do all 3, but stopped at the well and the castle. You see and learn the same thing at the well and it’s free. The well has more to see and is much more exciting for kids. We saw the rooms closer up, the tunnels they made for irrigation, the well itself and you can go down to a cave dwelling and down to the creek to see the water canals and fish, turtles, ducks. The rangers are everywhere and super informative and friendly.
  • It is good to see and think what it must of been like back when one had to live like that. But there isn't much to do, can't actually go in the dwellings so can just look up at them. If you have a national park pass and are in the area you should stop otherwise not so sure.

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