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Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

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Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Am headed to Arizona in 1 1/2 weeks!!

We will be staying in Phoenix for three nights then driving to Sedona for three nights.

I was thinking that on our way to Sedona we should stop and see Montezuma's Castle.

Can you please give me suggestions> We will have our two children, ages 8 &10. I thought this would give us something to do after checking out of our resort in Phoenix. We can not check into the Sedona Summit until 4:00 pm. Is this on the way to Sedona?

Is it hard to find?

Thanks

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1. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

On the way and not hard to find. I don't know that your kids would be too interested though as it's just ruins.

Also on the way (very close to Montezuma Castle) is also the Out of Africa Park: http://www.outofafricapark.com/ which might be more fun for the kiddies.

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2. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

colinaz gave a good suggestion.

Visiting Out of Africa Park might require more time than you have that day. I've never been there but I heard a good report from a friend.

Montezuma's Castle is easy to get to. Exit I-17 at exit #289, turn right. First you will see Cliff Castle Casino on the right. That could be a stop if you like to gamble. They have an arcade and bowling alley for the kids (well, adults are allowed in that area too :-)

I think it's the first street after that (you can only turn left) which will take you right into Montezuma's Castle. There's probably a sign.

At the Castle there is a nice short path to see the ruins, plus they have a good visitors center with displays which might also be of interest to the kids. You could also visit Montezuma's Well, which is just off the next exit on the freeway. Ask about it at the Castle.

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3. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

No one has really told you what "Montezuma's Castle" is. It is a cliff dwelling built by people called Sinagua who lived in northern Arizona in the 12th-14th centuries and also built Tuzigoot near Cottonwood and Wupatki northeast of Flagstaff. It has nothing to fo with Moctezuma, the leader of the Nahuatl/Aztec people in Cnetral Mexico in the 1500's. It's interesting but Tuzigoot and Wupatki are more so. "Montezuma's Well" is a sinkhole lake which was the site of native people for hundreds of years and still has irrigation ditches made by those people which are still in use.

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4. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Good post bobbear. Did you happen to watch the PBS show called "Under Arizona"? Very intesting show and they had one segment about what is at the bottom of Montezuma's Well.

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5. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Thanks everyone!!

After we leave Montesuma's castle (if we go) how far away are we from Sedona? We are staying at Sedona Summit.

I was originally thinking about the casino, but thought it would be too far away. Maybe we will have to hit that as well.

Thanks for all of the responses.

Lisa

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6. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

As you are going north on I-17 towards Sedona, after you cross the Verde River at Camp Verde, exit 289, Middle Verde Road, goes to Cliff Castle Casino. The same exit goes to Montezuma's Castle. Montezuma's Well is at exit 293. This is all within 30 minutes driving of Sedona. Your turn northwest from I-17 at exit 296, Hwy 179, to Sedona. There are signs before each exit coming up for the attractions.

Tuzigoot NM is about 25 miles south of Sedona, Hwy 89A to Cottonwood and then follow signs. It can also be reached from I-17 on Hwy 260 to Cottonwood, then 89A in Cottonwood and follow signs. The historic mining town of Jerome now an "artistic colony" is only about 8 miles west from Cottonwood on 89A.

You can find more info on any of these with a simple internet search.

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7. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

About 30-40 minutes.

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8. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Hey Maryland,

The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is 2 hours. Yes, Montezuma's castle is on the way. It is a beautiful site to see but you cannot enter the castle. You can only view it from the ground basically as it is pictured. You can also go to visit Tuzigoot National Monument which is on the way too and about 7 miles ( I estimate) from Montezuma's Castle. Tuzigoot was amazing! You can also walk right into the ruins and view them from the top of the peak. It was built before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Little did he know that it was already discovered by several Indian tribes.

Pick up a tour book at your local bookstore for more information regarding your trip. Some also come with maps this way you'll get the most out of your short stay. I'll email more info regarding Sedona when I have more time.

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9. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Thanks everyone!!

I am going to look at some info on Tuzigoot as well

Thanks again

Lisa

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10. Re: Tell me about Montezuma's Castle

Lisa, (and bobbear)

The Sedona exit off I-17 is actually #298. Just wanted to make sure there's no confusion.