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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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  • Had not planned to visit here but discovered on a trip to Prescott. Well worth the trip with informative rangers to help out. Great photo opportunities here. Very hot in mid July so have plenty of wat...  more »
  • Better buy US National park annual pass for $80 and visit other places also along with this place. You can only view from a distance. Not from inside.  more »
  • Montezuma's castle is a good places to spend a couple of hours. Live flute player and guides make for a great experience. Go early because it gets hot out there quickly with very little shade.  more »
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  • This historical site was just my size. A nice fairly level path through the cliff dwellings of the ancients was very informative with the docents who come around a d share insured to what your looking at. A flute player added a great deal to the event. There is a Jr. Ranger program to encourage the youth to pay attention to the site. The take a walking test and earn a badge for their studies. All in all as an elderly person I felt very comfortable with the shade trees and benches.
  • It was relatively crowded, but we got our tickets pretty quickly and went out to the site. It's a nice little walk. They have small signs around the path to tell about the history of the place and people. The signs have a lot of reading on them so they tend to be very crowded and you might have to wait quite a while in the sun to get to read them. There's very little shade during peak sun hours so go early if possible to avoid the heat.
  • Very, very interesting, but in order to preserve the site from destructive imbeciles, as well as wear and tear from everyone, you can't get very close. So, your imagination will run wild, trying to understand how they got their building materials up there, and what life must have been like, but if you haven't seen Tuzigoot or the Well, you may have a hard time imagining what the internal architecture is like. To help with that, there is a narrated diorama of a cutaway historic view. Also, I basically never include anything as crass as gift shops in evaluating something like a sacred site, but some of the items I saw in the little museum / gift shop actually helped transport me to the site's original time. It didn't count for much, but the fact that it counted at all makes it worth mentioning.
  • Love the history. Easy access for people with disabilities, including wheelchairs, for most of the trail because it is paved. Enjoyed the Ranger talk. Grounds are clean and well maintained.
  • Famous and well-visited, it's an east stop going north or south on I-17 so make sure to check it out. Your kids won't get bored like at Sunset Crater and you'll feel rewarded knowing that you introduced your children to such a nice cultural location. When one of them becomes an acheaologist, you'll stand proud.