Step back in time and experience the rich history and culture of Montezuma Castle National Monument for yourself
Address: Montezuma Castle Rd. Camp Verde, Ariz.
Montezuma Castle, one of the best-preserved cliff dwelling sites, sits 90 feet above the ground. At one time, visitors to the monument were allowed access to the structure by climbing a series of ladders, however, due to extensive damage to this valuable landmark, public access was discontinued in 1951.
Today, as you explore this Heritage site, you will marvel at the impressive five-story structure that is nestled into an ancient limestone cliff. The 20-room dwelling was constructed using a combination of adobe, stone and wooden beams and offered a glimpse into the daily lives of the Sinagua people who once called this area home between 1100 and 1425 AD. The Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture is closely related to the Hohokam and other Indigenous Peoples of the southwest.
In addition to the cliff dwellings, this monument offers hiking trails that wind through the scenic desert landscape, providing a chance to view a variety of plants and wildlife. Visitors can also learn about the history and culture of the Sinagua people through exhibits and educational programs offered by their knowledgeable staff.
Tip: Stop by Montezuma Castle first before heading to Montezuma Well. The Visitor Center offers information on both sites. Entrance Fee: $10 – Good for use at Tuzigoot National Monument as well.
Directions from VVAC&M: Head left, south on 260. Turn left onto Pecan Lane. Slight left onto Montezuma Castle Hwy. Right onto Montezuma Castle Rd. 0.9mi to the national monument. Check for hours of operation: 928.567.3322