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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Lat: 34.611576
Lon: -111.834984
Ele: 3,248 ft
Weather: ° and (more weather)
Arizona Arizona
Lat: 34.611576   |    Lon: -111.834984   |    Ele: 3,248 ft   |    Current weather: ° and (see monthly averages)
Arizona Arizona

One of the country's best preserved cliff dwellings

You might be surprised to learn that Montezuma likely never entered Arizona. Early settlers assumed this ancient cliff dwelling was built by the Aztecs, but Montezuma Castle was actually built by cliff-dwelling Sinagua Indians. Montezuma Castle is one of the country's best preserved cliff dwellings. It was built over 800 years ago into a recess in the limestone about 70 feet off the ground. This spectacular cliff dwelling contains 20 rooms and is 5 stories high.  Access to the castle is located just 2 miles off of I-17, north of Camp Verde. A short, paved trail will take you from the Visitors Center to view this impressive structure that was used not only as home to the Sinagua, but also as a community center. About 50 feet west of the castle is a much less well preserved ruin, Castle B. It contains a few basic rooms on several levels. The land surrounding the path contains nice examples of local plants and cacti. There is a picnic site near the visitor center, in the shade of large sycamore trees overlooking Beaver Creek. Visitors may not explore the ruins due to their unstable condition so there is not much to do other than walk the loop trail and take a few pictures but the site is definitely worth a visit. 

 

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