Montezuma Castle. The well preserved cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Arizona.

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well - ancient sites in central Arizona, near Camp Verde and Sedona.

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This Castle Is One Of The Oldest Houses In Arizona And It Is Still Standing

If you’ve ever wondered how some of our state’s earliest inhabitants lived centuries ago, you’ll want to visit this Arizona “castle.

Montezuma Castle Nat'l Monument, Arizona, is near the top of a Verde Valley cliff and is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The area was briefly abandoned due to volcanic ash from the Sunset Crater Volcano. It is likely that the sediment from that aided in agricultural endeavors when the Sinagua arrived. During the interim, the Sinagua lived on the hills nearby and sustained themselves on agriculture dependent on rain.

Montezuma's castle, a more complete set of cliff dweller ruins south of Flagstaff Arizona.

Montezuma Castle was a mistaken name. Early settlers who discovered the cliff dwelling ruins erroneously connected them to the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but in-fact the Sinaqua ruins had been abandoned a hundred years before Montezuma was even born. And the dwellings weren’t a castle at all, but a multi-family “prehistoric high rise apartment complex”.

Montezuma Castle was built by the ancient Sinagua Indians over 900 years ago into the cliff alcoves near Camp Verde, AZ and Sedona, Arizona. Montezuma Castle National Monument is open everyday except Christmas Day.

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, USA

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Montezuma Castle is one of a number of well-preserved ancient dwellings in north central Arizona, including the Wupatki, Tonto, Walnut Canyon, and Tuzigoot national monuments. It is probably the most spectacular; an imposing 20 room, 5-story structure built into a recess in a white limestone cliff about 70 feet above the ground.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

If you're visiting Arizona, you don't want to miss this fantastic historic landmark! Learn here about Montezuma's Castle National Monument to help you plan your next Southwestern vacation.