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“The daugher gave my family a complete tour.”
Review of Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle
Ranked #34 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is made of stone, adobe, automobile parts and petroglyphs and is held together by a cement mixture including goat's milk. Take a tour - usually led by the daughter, who still lives there - of this odd, yet imaginative dwelling.
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The daugher gave my family a complete tour.”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Very interesting story behind the castle. I am amazed by the builder's creativity and determination. Most unusual home built in Arizona. Very cool in the summer without air conditioning!

Thank jbeeman47
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Tucson, Arizona
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89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Quirky is the best way to describe this place. Shortly after leaving the paved city streets of Phoenix, you will find yourself on a dirt road leading up to the Mystery Castle. Don't give up. It is well worth the effort to "rough" out the last bit of road to visit. We were met at the entrance by one of the two guides that gave us the tour. They were both very pleasant and knowledgeable. I won't go into the story behind the Castle. Suffice it to say, that the background is as unbelievable as the building. This place was a forerunner to our current policy of using recycled materials. Everything from railroad track, to dead saguaro limbs, to automobile wheels and windshields can be found in the building as part of the construction. Unlike many attractions, you can take all the pictures you want.
A word of caution, however. This is not handicapped accesible. There are different levels, many steps and uneven ground. There also is only a pot a potty serving as a rest room. Having said all that, it still is worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank MartyG60950
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Really interesting - a MUST DO for locals & tourists! Full of history of the man that built this quirky place - It's a Mystery!

1 Thank peelypaint
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Provo, Utah, United States
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299 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Go out of your way to see this”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Reduce, reuse, recycle - they've got that down. This place is eclectic and fun. It's interesting to see how pieces of junk, broken glass or pottery, dead cactus or whatever was thought about and then placed into the life of this crazy house. We went in the winter and it was a bit windy but it was better than braving the heat of summer although I'll bet the house is cool in some places. It's one of those "off-the-beaten-path" kind of places many would enjoy and remember.

Visited March 2012
3 Thank Kaye N
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Whitefish, Montana
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Quirky and Enjoyable”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Wonderful for those who enjoy off-the-beaten-path, quirky attractions.

Follow 7th Street south until it ends at a rotary.
Small sign points you to the left.

If you have a fear of port-a-potties, then you'll want to take care of business before you get here. Though, as they claim, the port-a-potty was extremely clean.

Visited October 2012
Thank crroal
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