Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona
Marvel at the rich legacy of the Sinagua native culture at the Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona. Located near Camp Verde, between Phoenix and Flagstaff, this cultural monument is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America and a reflection of the Sinagua people who struggled to survive in the Verde Valley 1,000 years ago. Nestled into a towering limestone cliff, this ancient Native American dwelling tells the story of innovation, survival and prosperity in a harsh desert landscape.
Things to Do at Montezuma Castle
Spanning 826 acres in the Verde Valley, Montezuma Castle National Monument offers fun outdoor activities and ranger programs to discover the legacy of an ancient people. Roam the loop trail below the towering castle in the reddish limestone cliffs. Walk through the beautiful sycamore grove and along Beaver Creek, one of a few perennial streams in Arizona, and witness the diverse wildlife. Set aside an hour to explore the museum, join one of the fascinating ranger programs or enjoy a picnic along the shore of Beaver Creek. Look over the limestone hills of the Verde Valley and discover a dramatic terrain created by nature's geologic intensity.
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History & Culture
A landmark that illuminates the Sinagua people who inhabited this oasis along Beaver Creek for over 400 years, Montezuma Castle National Monument protects one of the most well-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in America. Built and inhabited by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people for over 400 years, this ancient high-rise apartment complex is an amazing window into the past and an inspiration for the future. One of our country's first national monuments, Montezuma Castle is one of greatest places of ethnological and scientific significance. Tracing their roots to immigrants from the area, many Hopi clans return to Montezuma Castle for religious ceremonies.