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Montezuma Castle National Monument

1620 W. Finnie Flats Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
520-567-3322
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Camp Verde
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Activities: Birdwatching, Group tours/walking tour
Description: This stone castle built into a shallow cave on a cliff was once a six-story dwelling with 45 rooms.
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Salt Lake City
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It was amazing to see such a well-preserved site. You get to be close and there are great signs giving information. The archaeologist in me was ecstatic.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Montezuma Castle National Monument is a great place to look back and see how the Indians' lived in this area. There are some wonderful views of the cliff dwellings. You walk along a short path where you can see the majority of this stop. If you are short on time this is a good choice. It won't take you to... More

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Shasta Lake, California
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16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Take a giant step back in time! Do not miss this national monument. Gaze up at the cliff and see the ancient rooms constructed about 800 years ago. Enjoy the lovely sycamore trees and view Beaver Creek. The trail is an easy, paved walk just minutes from the Visitor Center. The Center has a lot of artifacts and information, a... More

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Oregon City
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14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My friend and I are thankful for taking the time to stroll through this pleasant dry creek walk to see the cliff dwellings. Staff were very efficient, signage discreet and interesting and the warm sunshine and air reminding us why so many choose to vacation in Arizona.

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Somerville, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This site is located a short distance from I-17 between Sedona and Phoenix and well worth a brief stop if you have any interest in history. The cliff dwellings were impressive to see, and we enjoyed learning a bit more about the history of this region. The site itself is not very large, and we spent about 20 minutes here... More

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New York City, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Castle is an ancient five story Indian dwelling. It looks as if it was placed in the rocks. You can visit the Vistor's Center before taking a self=guided tour of the park.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you are traveling I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff consider stopping at this easily accessed National Monument which has been described as "the best preserved and most dramatic cliff dwellings in the US". The five story structure with twenty rooms built into the steep limestone cliffs was inhabited in the 12th and 13th centuries. A one third mile fully accessible... More

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Portland, Maine
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to Montezuma Castle a lot. It might have something to do with the park ranger who was on duty. He was very knowledgeable about the Hopi Native American tribe and had plausible explanations about the dwellings and how they might have come to be and been abandoned.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This was like walking back in time. I love archeology and I'm a geek. This is a piece of history that everyone should see. It's amazing how they built the area. It is a true engineering marvel.

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Orleans, ON
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Montezuma Castle National Monument is a historic site that leaves so many questions unanswered. It is worth the price of admission to view and wonder what life must have been like during the period of occupation. While you can only view the structure from afar it is worth the effort to stop.

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