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Review of Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One Day Tour
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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.
Bend, Oregon
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“Amazing -- a vast pre-Columbus civilization - who knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Wow! What a stop. It's hard to imagine the civilization that lived here 1,000 years ago -- waaay before Columbus and the Europeans arrived. What a vibrant culture -- trading across all of North American -- and there were NO HORSES to get around on. We visited Tuzigoot (about a half hour further west) several years back -- also a great stop. I had no idea that the Americas were so populated -- on a par, in some cases, with cities' sizes in Europe at the time. While this is not a "castle", it is a complex structure that shows the life style of the indigenous folk a thousand years ago.

Visited November 2013
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“Calling it a castle is exagerated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

It is highly exagerated to call this primitive dwelling a castle. It is more of a cave with a wall front closure. You need a lot of imagination to see how the indians lived in this dwelling.
It is more interesting to visit Sedona, which is not too far away.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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“Peaceful and Beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Very beautiful, especially in the Fall. Amazing how they built this structure. This stop can be appreciated in an hour or less. There is a creek that runs by it. Tranquil. Sit, rest, and take it in.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto
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“Cliff Dwellers”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing cliff dwelling ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2013
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