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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  • We stopped on our way from Pheonix airport to Page. Spent nor more than 45 minutes as location is small and the only one location to see. The ticket is pricy for family visit unless you have senior pa...  more »
  • My wife gave 5 stars i would give 4. The site is very impressive and interesting but i wish you could get closer to the ruins. The volunteers were very knowledgeable. The place is an easy walk and ver...  more »
  • The Park is close to I-17 so it is an easy addition to your travels. You can visit the ruins and the educational center in just a couple of hours. The ruins are just above the Verde River and the natu...  more »
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  • Great place stop for the roadside break. This really doesn't take too long to see but it is pretty amazing to see the cliffs having a structure like this built into them. Please make sure you talk to the Rangers. They have so much awesome information that if you don't interact with them you'll never find out. Is it summer time when you're visiting here make sure you bring water the trail is very short but if you stop and look at stuff it can take some time.
  • History fascinates me and this place is full of it. The castle is awe inspiring. It's really neat to see the way people once lived. We went in mid-June and it got rather warm in the afternoon, so if you are planning a summer visit I recommend getting there early.
  • This is a beautiful, interesting and informative stop, well worth the few minutes drive from the highway. There are nice rest rooms and a beautiful visitor center. The federal employees are very nice and very willing to answer questions and share information. The easy hike is less than a mile long.
  • No matter how many times I stop by and walk the grounds, I continue to be amazed on how magnificent this pueblo is. No matter what season it is, rain, snow or shine, it is beautiful to behold. Take the time to look at the river that runs to the south and look at the beautiful trees that are growing in the area. Stop to imagine what it was like to raise children that high above ground! It is warm here so make sure you have a hat, water, sunscreen, and above all, a camera! The restrooms are to the right before you enter the visitors center. This is a wheelchair friendly path. Please take the time and look all around you, you never know if there is a vulture overhead, a centipede at your feet, a rattlesnake curled up under a tree or a hummingbird getting a drink. Some of the photos posted are B/W. If you look to the west of the castle, you will spot an odd shaped cave close to the top. If you have a camera or binoculars you will be able to see the very large honeycomb inside the cave. Ask the rangers to point it out if you don't see it.
  • This is an awesome place to visit. It's so amazing that this cliff dwelling is so well preserved and has had such little done by way of preservation by us. So much thought and planning was obviously put into this and was built with very little more than hands and heart. It's right off the 17 so please if you're in the area or just coming back from Flagstaff stop by and grab a picture. Also, it should be noted that this is a national park I guess so that means there is actually a really cool gift shop / Ranger Station where any little ones can become Junior Rangers and be sworn in with everything being really official by a real park ranger. It was really cool to see little kids taking an oath to always preserve and take care of our national parks
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