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~~~~Breath Taking!~~~~

For over 400 years, the Sinagua people (two Spanish words ?sin? and ?agua?, which means ?without water?) had made this beautiful oasis their home along Beaver Creek. Located high and practically carved into the mountainside, stands a tribute to a people who withstood the test of time and thrived here till their mysterious disappearance around 1380 or 1400. Experts assume it was due to the stress factor from prolonged drought, disease, and nutrient-depleted soil from growing corn. Yet, Native people are very connected to their lands, so for them to leave must have been something very tragic. Montezuma Castle, a pueblo ruin, that consist of 50 rooms with at least 5 levels of floor. It is the best preserved prehistoric dwellings in North America and was granted as one of our first national monuments by the Antiquities Act on December 8, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

It was one of my goals in life to see an actual pueblo ruin and it was almost unreal looking up at it from the ground. I was never so excited in seeing one for the first time. From its discovery in the 1846 by soldiers of the Mexican-American War till about 1951, visitor?s were allowed to climb the ladders to the ruins, those lucky people. Yet, no one is allowed now to preserve the ruins for other generations to enjoy. It is visited by over 350,000 people a year.

The neighbors next door:-)

These ruins consisted a structure was at some point almost as spectacular as Castle B. It consisted of approximately 45 rooms that may had housed at least 100 people and had almost as many floors as Castle B. Sometime ago, they believed it had caught fire at one point, so it is not as nearly preserved as their neighbor?s is.

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  • Pros:Breath Taking!
  • Cons:NONE!
  • In a nutshell:One of the best preserved Native American structures:-)
  • Last visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Thanks for the interesting tour of this wonderful National Monument.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I agree that the historical plaques are very important in a place like this. Good that you always stop to read them!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    How amazing!. I love this historic site, would love to see these buildings but not the rattlesnakes.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    When I read Montezuma, I immediately thought of Montezuma's revenge, haha! Thanks for visiting my pages :)

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    I never heard about this place, Dee, and was wondering about the link between Arizona and Montezuma. . . Funny, the ?Conquistadors named people living near a creek, ?Sin Agua?! Nice page giving one more reason to visit the American desert one day. . . .

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Great travel page with such a wonderful travel destination! Castles A and B certainly look very impressive from your photographs. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    wonderful site - never heard of it. great pictures. is that a real live wild rattlesnake? eeeuww.

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Wonderful page on this spectacular spot! I?d love to stop by this historic site on our next visit to the Southwest.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2009 at 5:10 AM

    Unfortunately I did not have time to see this, and from your pictures/comments wish I had. The 11 parks I did see in Utah and Arizona were fabulous. I know you like Colorado-also a good choice. Thanks

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Another wonderful page!!! I planned to visit Arizona some years ago and Montezuma Castle was on my itinerary!!!


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