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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  • Back in the area and had to show our friends - yep impressed again. Plan on at least an hour and half to fully enjoy this attraction. Make sure you watch open times.  more »
  • This is probably an "opportunity" stop rather than a destination. The resource that's available to you is small (a 1/3 mile loop trail that takes you to various vantage points from which you can view ...  more »
  • Montezuma Castle NM in Arizona is part of the National Parks System and is well worth a visit. It doesn’t take long to explore the area at tops two to three hours would be sufficient. The paved pathwa...  more »
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  • Was here many years ago, nice to go back. Is a national park so fee required. Knowledgeable volunteer talked about cliff dwellers, their lives and home. Beautiful scenery. Easy circle walk, good for handicapped. Worth the stop. The information center was well organized. It is a National park so there’s an entrance fee.
  • Absolutely stunning piece of history staffed by friendly and knowledgeable people. The beauty of the location is unreal. After passing through the visitors center you walk down a ramp with some staff along the way with fun things for kids to do, including a "junior ranger station". Looking up to the cutouts takes your breathe away. Imagining the history of the area and what it took to make it by hand is humbling. Plenty of shady trees and ample areas to rest. Also the NPS offers steep discounts for military and seniors. Getting a National Parks Pass is worth every penny. Don't miss this location if you're in the area.
  • It's a nice spot to see once, but the photos you'll see of it are really all there is to it. You can't get very close to the structure itself because it is falling apart and carefully protected. That said, there is a nice paved path to stroll with some interesting info panels along the way with history of the site, larger area, and native people. The Montezuma Well is the better of the two related spots.
  • A must see place to look back on history. Very well preserved. The day we were there we were entertained with music from a flute player which added big time to the ambiance of the place. Would be nice to touch hands on but I understand National Parks Service is thinking in terms of safety and preservation.
  • A stunning site and absolutely worth visiting. It's simple to get to and you don't have to make it a long visit to really get the most out of it. The ruins are right near the welcome center so no long hikes. Plus, if you're heading to the Grand Canyon, grab a pass instead of just paying admission here, and it will cover your Grand Canyon entry cost!
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