Montezuma Castle National Monument
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.
Montezuma Well, a unit of Montezuma Castle, is located 11 miles from the park. Formed long ago by the collapse of a limestone cavern, over one million gallons of water a day flows continuously into the Well. This constant supply of warm, fresh water provides an aquatic habitat like no other in the world, and has served as an oasis for wildlife and humans for thousands of years.
Be sure to tour the park and stop at the Visitor Center at Montezuma Castle National Monument to learn about this fascinating ancient culture that inhabited the Verde Valley nearly 1,000 years ago.