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Montezuma's Castle (which is misnamed because it is not believed Montezuma ever traveled this far) is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The castle consists of 20 rooms and is built into the side of a towering limestone cliff. It was built around 1000 years ago by the Sinagua Indians. It is a classic example of the last phase of southern Sinagua occupation of the Verde Valley. On December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt declared four sites, including Montezuma's Castle, of historic and cultural significance as our nation's first National Monuments.
Another attraction near Camp Verde is the Fort Verde State Historic Park. Fort Verde is a good example of the forts built throughout Arizona and was constructed in 1865. This location was first named Camp Lincoln, the Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde. Fort Verde was the primary base for General George Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers, and was "milepost 0" in the General Crook Trail, a supply trail connecting Fort Whipple, Fort Verde, and Fort Apache. Today Fort Verde has three of the five original buildings still remaining. There are recreations of the interior rooms in these buildings along with a nice museum in the Visitor's Center.
Camp Verde was listed in the book about Arizona Curiosities because it is home to the "World's Largest Kokopelli", a 32 foot statue in front of the Krazy Kokopelli Trading Post.
- Pros:Educational and Fun
- Cons:Bring Water
- In a nutshell:Fun for the family
There are a few picnic tables inside the park. The town of Camp Verde is nearby in case you have forgotten some of your... more travel advice
The last surviving building is the Doctor's Quarters. Duty in the west during the late 1800s was very hazardous, and the... more travel advice
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