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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  • Native American ruins up in a mountain side!!!! Built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. Great trail...  more »
  • we were looking for those places that had Native american Ruins and this a one of those out of the way spot, cool place to visit  more »
  • We were a party of six, mostly seniors. This was a perfect stop for us to see the ruins of previous inhabitants because the trail is paved and mostly level and not long. It got us close enough to.....  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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