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“Is "priceless" worth $5?”

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Camp Verde
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Owner description: This stone castle built into a shallow cave on a cliff was once a six-story dwelling with 45 rooms.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We've driven by the Castle scores of times, but the passing interest in the site never resulted in a highway exit. This summer, however, we decided to see our own backyard, and gathered up several often passed-by sites into a few days' vacation.

Don't get me wrong, Montezuma Castle is a beautiful, relaxing, and informative place. It is less than 10 minutes off the highway and extremely easy to find. The visitors center is informative, and the guides very helpful. I especially liked our little old volunteer guide who peppered us with his own version of events here. But although on can gaze at the cliff dwelling for awhile, it only takes about three minutes to take it all in. Since one may no longer actually go inside the dwelling, it would be nice if there were a floor plan or diorama, but one is forced to rely on one's imagination for anything past the walls.

We were traveling with our teenage children, and the entrance fee was $30 for the combined group. We could have seen a two-hour feature film for slightly more than that. I know, I know, this is priceless history and a bargain at that price, but when you're trying to see five different parks in the area and each one charges $5/head, it gets pretty expensive. Yeah, we bought the $80 pass, but at these walk-in parks (Tuzigoot, Montezuma, Sunset Crater, Wupatki) the pass only pays for the first four adults, and you pay another $5 for each additional. The Grand Canyon charges nothing for your whole car-load of visitors if you have the pass, and there's just a LITTLE more to see at the there.

Thank Gkmchardy
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved it all. Very interesting, one of the largest ruins I have ever seen. They have a display showing the ruin and what it could have looked like when people were living there with narration. Wonderful!

Thank Adventur59
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Kids 15 & under are free everyone else $5. Its very short and not much to see but I love history & enjoyed seeing it. The kids could have cared less and said that's it?! Its okay if you have some extra time and are already that way.

Thank Brenda K
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Unbelievable, wish they still had the tours of inside the castle but I understand for safety reasons why it was closed. definitely worth seeing.

Thank JMizani
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our family of 4 was making our way from Phoenix to stay in the Grand Canyon overnight. It is about a 4 hour drive, so we were looking for a stop or two along the way to break it up. We decided to stop and were not disappointed. From the time we parked until the time we left, we spent about the hour, which was a perfect break.

Although it was extremely hot when we went, we took the short walk to the ruins and back. There was an older gentleman (Park employee) by the ruins who shared some interesting information with us. Don't miss out by walking past him! He took our picture as well. After you pass the ruins, loop around and don't miss the diorama of what the small community would have looked like on the inside of the walls. It was hard to imagine standing in front of the ruins, but the diorama really gave us perspective.

Just a warning...there are no refreshments at this site. We refilled water bottles, so that was about it. We wound up stopping for lunch in Flagstaff shortly thereafter but we really could have used a snack a this point and there were not even vending machines. Probably not necessary at this small site, but just know that if your plans include getting drinks and snacks.

All in all, a worthwhile and low hassle stop.

3  Thank guej
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