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See Montezuma's Castle National Monument

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.

Fort Verde State Historic Park

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 the Town

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.

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  • Pros:Educational and Fun
  • Cons:Bring Water
  • In a nutshell:Fun for the family
  • Last visit to Camp Verde: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 16, 2008
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2012 at 5:26 AM

    Great that you pointed out that moctezuma never made it that far north:) looks like a great place, can you actually go inside the ruins?

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    I like to visit old forts and some still exist. Thank you for the information and great detail; a teacher attribute no doubt

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