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 stayed in Camp Verde and visited the cave dwelling on our last full day. Only took an hour but worth the stop! Easy for family with small kiddos.  more »
  • Only takes less than hour to soak in what life was like for early Indians. Has gift shop. Not far off main highway.  more »
  • We didn't have long and it was raining but it was interesting to see this and learn about the fascinating life of these Indians. Highly recommend this stop.  more »
  • Very interesting visit. However, I question the $10 per person price tag. Thankfully, the ranger was kind enough to use our previous Grand Canyon National Park entrance receipt and allow us to upgrade to an America the Beautiful annual pass. The monument is interesting, good for about a 30 stroll around the grounds and museum. The museum also has a very good junior ranger scavenger hunt for the kids. I wouldn’t quite rank this a must-see if strapped for time in the Grand Canyon area, but fun if you have the time.
  • It was just okay. I mean you pay a good bit to go see a building in the side of a mountain. Cant go in it, you can only see it from a distance and this was all there was. Place was really nice and clean but we stayed for about 30 minutes and left. Nice for a good picture but that's about it. Spent 20 years in Europe and have seen castles, to me this is no castle.
  • This was a really interesting place to visit. The "castle " is carved right into the sandstone cliff. Additionally there is a nice gift shop at the entrance. This is a national park, so there is a charge for entrance. Parking is easy. The walk to the castle is only a hundred yards or so.... it's paved the whole way, so it's quite easy for all abilities.
  • Awesome place! Awesome people! The people who work at this park really do it out of love. The flute player adds a really ethereal quality, making you feel like you're back in time. And the store has so many awesome options!!
  • Beautiful, interesting monument. It's an easy, tranquil walk. Allow at least 30 minutes to read all the pertinent, informative material at the visitors center and on the trail. Friendly rangers make the experience fun for the kids. Buy a national park pass if you plan on visiting more than one site. They're good for a year and cover more than one person.

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