"Visit the Impressive Montezuma's Castle" Top 5 Page for this destination Montezuma Castle National Monument by Basaic

See the Castle

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.
You can take a leisurly walk along the paved 1/3 mile path, in the shade of large old Sycamore trees, and view the exhibits in the museum. The Montezuma Castle Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day 8 AM to 6 PM and from Labor Day through Memorial Day 8 AM to 5 PM. Entry (which is good for 7 days) is $5.00.

Montezuma's Well

A second part of the park is the nearby Montezuma's Well. It is located a few miles north of the castle. In addition to seeing the well itself; you can see four types of houses: Cave Dwellings; Cliff Dwellings; Pithouses; and standalone Pueblos.

Bring the Family for a Fun Educational Outing

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  • Pros:Educational and Fun
  • Cons:Bring Water
  • In a nutshell:A good value; fun for the family
  • Last visit to Montezuma Castle National Monument: May 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    A superb page on this impressive location! The photo with your first tip reminded me of Predjama castle, in Slovenia! Amazing, isn't it?

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Montezuma Castle and Well are great places to get acquainted with medieval Arizona.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    This looks like an interesting spot.... have you been inside? ~Joe

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Heading to SW this spring, just might have to seek this place out now too. Thanks for the tip and for enjoying my Brno page.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Jim, thanks for your introduction into that outstanding place! That would make a fun visit!

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2007 at 11:41 PM

    Hi, i've never been to the montezuma castle; but now thanks to your tip i'll have it mind!great photos:)

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