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“Cliff Dwellers”

Montezuma Castle National Monument
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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 November 5, 2013

This is a great place to stop if you're traveling along I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff. It's a great example of how cliff dwellers lived 400+ years ago although you can not actually go up to see their "homes". It doesn't take long to visit; there's a walking loop to follow that takes you past the ruins and there are park rangers available to answer questions. Don't miss this piece of American history.

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Montezuma Castle has nothing to do with Montezuma or the Aztecs, and is not a castle. It is, however, an incredible multi-story pueblo that the Sinaguan Indians built into the face of a cliff 900 years ago that is worth seeing in person.

You can see this Monument in about a half an hour for a $5 admission fee. There is a small museum in the visitor's center with background information about the Castle and the people who built it. After you leave the visitor's center, a 1/3 mile paved loop trail goes past the Castle and back. You cannot climb up into the ruins, but you really have to see the Castle up close to appreciate how amazing it is that the Sinaguans were able to build this structure high up the cliff. There are informational markers along the site that do a good job of explaining that the Castle was actually part of a whole village that was located there, though little is left besides the Castle. There is a cutaway diorama along the trail depicting what the Castle would have looked like when it was occupied. I found the diorama insufficient to show what the Castle looked like when it was occupied or what the interior looks like, considering that you aren't allowed to look inside it yourself. On the whole, though, the Castle is very cool, doesn't take long to see, and is located just a few miles from the Interstate near Sedona.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Everything about this park is awesome. From the park rangers to the volunteers, everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly. The ruins are just a short walk, with loads of information about the Anasazi. We were so lucky that the park was celebrating Teddy Roosevelt's 150th birthday when we visited. The volunteer war re-enactors were fabulous. They provided visitors with many visuals and stories of the Spanish-American War in which Roosevelt's Rough Riders famously fought. I learned much valuable information to share with my high school students!

Thank steph_ksufootball
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went into the monument to get a Geocache and found the ruins amazing. So well preserved and taken care of. Loved walking around the grounds. We are full time RV travelers and come here every year and this is our 1st time at the ruins.

Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

A great place to visit. Easy drive from Flagstaff and an easy walk around a loop that's probably less then a mile. Nice visitor center and picnic area. Don't forget to visit the Montezuma Well while your there. It's located just down the road. All in all a very nice day trip. The ruins are awesome to see and different from others because they are built up on the side of the cliffs, very well preserved. You can't go up to them, they quit that back in 1951 and a good thing because I'm sure there would be nothing left for us to see. Well worth the trip.

Thank edb121212
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