Sinagua Indian Cliff Dwellings
Recommended by: Arizona Park Rangers
Montezuma's Castle is really neat! I would love to live in a house built right into the side of the mountain like this! The only thing I didn't like about this place was that it was cool to see, but you can't really go up and explore the rooms. I guess the park rangers are afraid we'll fall off the ladders or something.
Montezuma's Castle is neither a castle, nor does it have anything to do with the ancient Aztec leader, Montezuma. In reality, this site is really one of the oldest apartment type living in the world! More than 800 years ago, the Sinagua people designed a twenty room cliff dwelling apartment complex that was so well protected that it still stands today.
Getting to the cliff dwellings is a really short, easy hike down a paved walkway, so it's accessible for just about everyone. Also, along the way, there are plenty of great places for a picnic lunch, so make time to sit back and just enjoy the beauty of the area if you can.
For those with kids, Montezuma Castle participates in the junior ranger program, and rangers are typically available every morning to discuss varying aspects of the park's history. Additionally, they participate in events throughout the year like the annual celebration of Teddy Roosevelt's birthday - the president who signed the act declaring Montezuma's Castle a national monument!
Note: As long as dogs are kept on leashes, this park welcomes canine visitors.
2800 Montezuma Castle HWY, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
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|Jacob Tip: This would make a really cool project for school! I bet your teacher would love it if you made a model of this type of house!|
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