Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This stone castle built into a shallow cave on a cliff was once a six-story dwelling with 45 rooms.
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TonyJonesAutoTeacher
Phoenix, AZ34 contributions
Autumn energy
Nov 2021 • Friends
Went for the autumn energy. It never disappoints. The calming sound of the water passing through, the cool autumn temperatures and the colors. I took a few pics to capture the moment.
Written 23 November 2021
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,246 contributions
Nicely Preserved Historic Cliff Dwelling
Oct 2021
We stopped here after lunch while driving from Scottsdale to Flagstaff. We were able to use our Parks Pass to get the admission, and spent about 45 minutes on our self-guided walk looking around these well preserved ruins of an ancient settlement of the Sinagua people. These were pre-Columbian people and lived here from 1100 to 1425 AD.

The “settlement” comprised of five floors one on top of the other. It had 20 rooms behind the large rock, and was at a height of 90 feet on a sheer limestone cliff. It stayed nicely preserved, partly because of its placement behind the rock in that natural alcove that was safe from the harsh elements – like flooding, wind and cold. It functioned like a pre-historic high-rise apartment complex. There is a schematic on one of the informative plaques showing what it must have looked like at that time. Also, since safety from intruders was an issue, these people made sure that the only access to their home was via portable ladders.

The name is misleading. Europeans had found this place in the 1860s, and named it for the famous Aztec Emperor Montezuma in the mistaken belief that his tribe had built this place. Also, it is not a “Castle” in the traditional sense of the word, but simply functioned like a village complex high up in the rocks.

The Gift Store was small, but had nice items there. We bought a book that explained what this site was all about, and its history. Plus we were happy to collect the date stamp and sticker to affix in our National Parks Passport – one more Park checked off in this area. It was worth our short detour here. The Park Rangers were knowledgeable and very pleasant.
Written 16 November 2021
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Brown_Samantha
Washington1,276 contributions
Great stop from Scottsdale to Sedona - impressive for the time of construction
Nov 2021
This is a great stop while driving from Scottsdale to Sedona. It takes about an hour to visit the cliff dwelling as you cannot tour it like you can with Mesa Verde. The dwelling was built and used by the Sinagua people over 900 years ago.

A few decades ago they use to allow tours, but to preserve it, no longer doing that. There is a ranger at the bottom answering questions, explaining the history. It is self guided. It can be as short as 1/2 hour.

Clean facilities. A NPS passport stamping station is located inside.
Written 13 November 2021
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RainSeattleMom
Issaquah, WA451 contributions
Easy to View
Oct 2021
The heritage sites in Arizona are a unique experience, and this one is very convenient to see when passing in between Phoenix and Sedona. It's very assessible, and you can take as little or as long as you'd like viewing it. It is near the parking area, and doesn't require a lot of walking. There are signs to read about the tribal history. I'm really glad we visited.
Written 1 November 2021
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Christine D
Miami, FL172 contributions
A must see short stop
Oct 2021 • Couples
A great stop on your way up north to Sedona from Phoenix. The admission also gets you into both locations up to 7 days. A nice little walking path to see how people lived 700 years ago. Worth the 15 minute stop. Really nice gift shop with small museum giving you details about the people who lived there and the environment surrounding the settlement.
Written 31 October 2021
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Alan G
Bonita Springs, FL30 contributions
Quick visit
Oct 2021
Small park with a view of the castle. It should take only a few minutes to see the attraction. It is worth seeing however. It is built into the mountain and you cannot get into it. It is nice to see.
Written 23 October 2021
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Joebob747
Neenah, WI221 contributions
Worth a stop
Sep 2021
Easy location right of I-17. It was worth the stop. Spent about an hour here. Parking was busy but available. Very interesting place. Not sure I need to go back, but I'm glad I stopped. I did pick up a book to learn more about it.

The building/monument itself was very cool. Hard, if not impossible, to imagine living that way, but the culture sure thrived.
Written 15 October 2021
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okeydokey-pa
Pennsylvania78 contributions
Interesting stop
Sep 2021
Enjoyed our stop here on our way to Phoenix for our afternoon flight. Met I think a park ranger who was pretty informative, at least as much as anyone knows about this culture. Would love to be able to view inside the structure but previous vandals and thieves have ruined that for us. It is worth a stop. Does not take long to walk around the grounds.
Written 12 October 2021
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1californiagirl
aliso viejo, california199 contributions
Awesome Experience
Oct 2021
My family and I enjoyed our visit to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Historical .....and unbelievable. I highly suggest a visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument if you are in the the Campe Verde ara.
Written 11 October 2021
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Jackson I
Washington DC, DC668 contributions
Beautiful History
Oct 2021 • Friends
An amazing piece of history that is easily accessible and not at all strenuous to walk around. There is plenty of shade in early fall, too.
Written 4 October 2021
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