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“A Recycling Gem!”
Review of Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle
Ranked #33 of 234 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.
Reviewed January 8, 2013

This time of year is a great time to see the "castle" since it is not air conditioned. We really enjoyed the tour and were amazed by the creative uses of life's disgarded items. The views are spectacular and it's definitely a fun piece of Phoenix history. If you love unique old properties put this on your to do list. TIP: This is not a handicap accessible property. There are a lot of steps but my 79 yr old mom didn't have any problem with the tour, infact this was her third time through the the castle.

1  Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

My family of 9 people age ranges 13 to 75 all loved this tour. The house is so unusual, there is something new and different to see at every turn. It's a visual treat, sometimes for beauty and often for quirky. It's a full hour, so very well worth the $10 ticket price. A perfect family outing.

1  Thank Diane T
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The oddness of the "castle" made it very interesting to visit. It showed what you can do with what you have.

Thank Donald B
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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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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.

3  Thank MartyG60950
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