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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Camp Verde attractions like Montezuma Castle National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Historic settlement built into the limestone cliff. Excellent interpretive centre explains the history. 
  • What a nice find on our way to the Grand Canyon. Kids had a great time doing the junior ranger program. The castle itself is pretty impressive perched up on the cliff side. 
  • This is a lovely park. You can walk fairly near the base of the ruins and view the cliffs. There are nicely written interpretive signs along the way to explain what you are seeing. The park is well ma...  more »
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  • Located pretty close off the I-17, the National Monument is fascinating to anyone interested in indigenous cultures and their incredible architecture. However, for $10 per adult I felt that there wasn't much that the Monument provided for that price. There is a small gift shop/visitor center and a short walking loop where you can see Montezuma Castle as well as the remnants of some other buildings. It is indeed quite a view and interesting, but that's pretty much all you can do: look at it, then leave. The information in the visitor center is interesting, but you could read the same stuff on Wikipedia. If you're in the area I would suggest stopping by and seeing it for yourself (as it is very impressive), particularly if you have kids, but don't expect to spend much time there and I don't think it's worth a big detour.
  • I have been wanting to visit Montezuma Castle for most of my life. WOW!!! To think native americans called this place home was just mind blowing. Bring binoculars to get a better view, water if you plan to stay for a while. It gets HOT there in the summer. You can't get to close to the buildings, but you can get a good sense of how they lived.
  • Well worth the stop! Although not a huge area, the authenticity of Montezuma's Castle is amazing considering it's around 900 years old. Must see for families with school-age children .Beautiful setting easy walk, take lots of pictures!
  • Great short stop. Didn't notice much hiking. NPS was great and our children were able to become Junior rangers on our short visit. Everyone was nice, bathrooms were clean, and a place to fill up your water bottles.
  • It's nice to take in the history of the castle, and the price is right (free) since we had annual national parks pass. But without it, it will cost you $10 per person, which might be less worthwhile. The castle itself is impressive, and definitely worth it if you love history. Other than the castle, there's not much else to look at. The other structures look like holes in the cliffs. There is a cute 1950s narrated landscape that explains the history and how natives lived and used the castle. If you can get in for free, definitely worth a quick stop, but I wouldn't pay $10 to see it.