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Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Fabulous spot for short hike through history. Easy paved trail with informative signage. Friendly staff. Be sure to visit website to ascertain hours/fees. 
    Fabulous spot for short hike through history. Easy paved trail with informative signage. Friendly staff. Be sure to visit website to ascertain hours/fees.  more »
  • Very hot, but it was a short walk under the trees. It's an impressive structure but not sure it's worth $10 each when you can only see it from below. Fortunately we had an access pass so it was a... 
    Very hot, but it was a short walk under the trees. It's an impressive structure but not sure it's worth $10 each when you can only see it from below. Fortunately we had an access pass so it was a...  more »
  • Very interesting. Not sure it’s worth $10pp. Basically a self guided walk on a paved path to see ruins. Interesting but not thrilling. 
    Very interesting. Not sure it’s worth $10pp. Basically a self guided walk on a paved path to see ruins. Interesting but not thrilling.  more »
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  • Loved the cliff dwelling and the guy playing the flute by the visitor center was very serene. He could play very well. Clean and a nice easy hike. I wanted a pin but line was too long for the gift shop. It said max. 10 and I was by myself. I think you could have squeezed me in when there were only 4-5 inside. I know we are just over could but be flexible and accommodating.
  • 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. I spotted a Western Bluebird a few weeks ago and saw it again in Jan 2021.
  • It’s a very short, paved loop trail to go see the ruins. They are magnificent and interesting. Its intriguing to wonder how life was like back then. It was surprisingly very busy when we went. Handicapped accessible as best I could tell. I would recommend to see walnut canyon over this site if you only do one. Otherwise makes a great leg stretcher.
  • I enjoyed coming here. I highly recommend coming if you have the yearly national pass. I don't think it is worth $10 to come in since it is a quick activity. 15 to 30 minutes and your done. The only thing worth seeing is the castle home. The signs were cool. I like how descriptive they were about the plants in the ground area.
  • A beautiful Monday to visit. Parking was ample except for only about 3 spaces for for buses or RV's. 80 degrees and perfect for the easy walk. 95% Accessible to anyone with disabilities. There are benches everywhere along the paved walkway and beautiful old shade trees to stop under along the way. Sit a while and enjoy the views and hear the birds singing. Did manage to see a small lizard too.

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