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Montezuma Castle National Monument

It's not a castle and Montezuma was never here.

Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley stands one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Early settlers to the area assumed that the imposing structure was associated with the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but the castle was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born.

With heightened concern over vandalism of fragile southwestern prehistoric sites, Montezuma Castle became a major factor in the nation's historic preservation movement with its proclamation as a national monument. The Castle was described in the December 1906 establishment proclamation as "of the greatest ethnological and scientific interest." Acreage: 840.86, federal: 16.83, non-federal.

 
Directions: Plane - Nearest commercial airports are locted in Flagstaff (50 miles), Prescott (55 miles), and Phoenix (100 miles)

Car - Montezuma Castle is located 3 miles off Interstate 17. Use Exit Number 289 and follow signs.

Public Transportation - Tours are available from Flagstaff and some surrounding communities.


Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Road
Camp Verde, AZ, USA
Visitor Information 928-
Official Website
National Park Service
National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov
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Other Arizona Vacation Destinations

Alchesay-Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex - Whiteriver
Canyon Lake - Phoenix
Safford-Morenci Trail - Safford
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge - Cibola
Windy Point Recreation Area - Address: Kingman Field Office
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge - Sansabe
Coronado National Forest - Tucson
Crossroads OHV Area - Lake Havasu City
Wild Cow Springs Campground - Address: Kingman Field Office
Theodore Roosevelt Lake - Phoenix
More sites in Arizona ...


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