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Montezuma Castle National Monument

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This stone castle built into a shallow cave on a cliff was once a six-story dwelling with 45 rooms.
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2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Boy ! its been few years I been, but It was remarkable all the info and activities. Took my girls they love it. Perfect to go trekking with all your family and explore.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mag85353
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stop on your way to somewhere else. Only takes a half-hour or less to appreciate and the gift shop staff are charming and knowledgeable. My teen girls even thought it was cool and took lots of pictures. It's a very short —...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Katrina O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small site with a short walk from the visitor center. I thought you would be able to get closer than you can, but it is still amazing to think people used to live there. It is expensive to see them, but if...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to get to & easy to observe tour of one of the West's unique occupant trials by the indigenous peoples. Apparently driven to build in the cliffs by violent flash floods in the river below and/or competing tribes of the area, they present a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rich O
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Super easy to access, this makes learning about the history very easy and enjoyable. It’s pretty amazing what the locals built 1000 years ago with their bare hands. Sophisticated people for which they don’t receive enough credit. The self guided visit is easy to take...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We stopped on the way to Sedona. It's a nice walk through the park and was not crowded at all. So glad we stopped!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

This small national Park is a gem. The Rangers at the desk were terrific. They explained all the different options for entrance and made sure we got the best deal which was to buy a one-year senior pass for $20 which was the same price...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank androidle
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We would highly recommend this as a pitstop on your way to or from the Grand Canyon! The castle is beautiful and the trees take your breath away. Very cool historical spot!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tess D
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Seeing this place never gets old. I like to sit on the bench located in front of the ruins and imagine what life must have been like for those living in such an isolated place. Strong recommend that you spend some time conversing with the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank despinozasr
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Beautiful area. Lots of places to walk and see the hill sides, ponds and streams. Entire are is absolutely breathtaking!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jim4007
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August 26, 2018|
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Response from 362keithf | Reviewed this property |
You sound remarkably organised - we just made a list of attractions and did as many as we could - as to what’s covered I have no idea, either go back to the website or call them.
May 20, 2018|
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Response from MNDoodles | Reviewed this property |
In your situation, I would not visit Montezuma Well due to lack of shade but I would highly recommend visiting Montezuma Castle because it is truly incredible and there is shade with benches to view the ruin itself. It is a... More
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May 19, 2018|
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Response from Carol W | Reviewed this property |
I should clarify that the trail at Montezuma's Well is not as short. It is pretty, but you need to walk quite a bit more. The one at the Castle is much shorter and cooler.
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Michele L
Phoenix to Sedona - Things to do (12 Replies)
Plan to leave Phoenix area early morning on a Sunday headed for Sedona (August 2015) Check in not until after 4pm that day in Sedona (northside) Is Montezuma Castle National Monument worth stopping? Thought it might be a good 1/2 way break between Phoenix & Sedona. Then back on road to Sedona. Suggestion for lunch for party of 9? Have someone on a strict diet so need healthy food options. Suggestions to fill the rest of the afternoon? Youngest member of party is 12 yrs old....More
July 14, 2015|
Response fromPhillyPod|
Montezuma Castle is definitely worth stopping to see. It will interest the entire group. I am not as big a fan of Montezuma Well but it's still interesting. I would also suggest the V-Bar-V Ranch petroglyph site which is only about a mile or two off of I-17 at the Sedona exit (go right to the Ranch as opposed to going left on 179 to get into town). After a relatively short, flat walk you get to see an entire wall of ancient drawings. There are lots of "healthy" food options in Sedona...More
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February 17, 2007|
Response fromJoanne H|
You picked a great forum here--I recommend you flip back few pages and read the wealth of information. Each of these places has been discussed in detail. Try entering a search on TA (on this page) using key words. This might be time consuming, but well worth it in my view. At some of the more popular places, like Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon you'll want to make reservations ASAP if you haven't already. I vote for two days at Grand Canyon South Rim--your kids are at a great age for...More
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Trip Report: July 2013 (0 Replies)
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