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Montezuma Castle National Monument

1620 W. Finnie Flats Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
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Ranked #4 of 19 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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Port Sanilac, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great picture opportunity. The great thing about this National Monument is that it is very easy to access. It is a very short walk on essentially level ground. You can no longer climb up to the structure but the viewing is very nice as is the surrounding area. It gives you a real appreciation for cliff dwellings,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our stop here. Thee site is well maintained, easily accessible and there is plenty of information. Lovely natural setting. Grreat information centre as well.

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Salt Lake City
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55 helpful votes 55 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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19 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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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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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 helpful votes 8 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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