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It's not a castle and Montezuma was never here.

Nestled into a limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley stands one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling served as a 'high-rise apartment building' for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Early settlers to the area assumed that the imposing structure was associated with the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but the castle was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born.

With heightened concern over vandalism of fragile southwestern prehistoric sites, Montezuma Castle became a major factor in the nation's historic preservation movement with its proclamation as a national monument. The Castle was described in the December 1906 establishment proclamation as 'of the greatest ethnological and scientific interest.' Acreage: 840.86, federal: 16.83, non-federal.

  

CONTACTS

Email - MOCA_Administration@nps.gov

Fax- 928-567-3597

Write to
2800 Montezuma Castle Road
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

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P.O. Box 219
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Phone
Visitor Information - 928-567-3322
Headquarters - 928-567-5276

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
Open every day of the year, including Christmas day. Winter hours: 8 AM to 5 PM; Summer hours: 8 AM to 7 PM.

Getting There
PLANE - Nearest commercial airports are locted in Flagstaff (50 miles), Prescott (55 miles), and Phoenix (100 miles)

CAR - Montezuma Castle is located 3 miles off Interstate 17. Use Exit Number 289 and follow signs.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Tours are available from Flagstaff and some surrounding communities.

Weather & Climate
Summers generally hot and dry, with mild winters.

Accessibility
The visitor center and most of the paved trail are accessible to wheelchairs. A portion of the Castle trail is too steep for wheelchairs and is marked with a sign. The picnic area is not accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact a ranger for more information. Audio cassettes and braille text are avaialble for the visually impaired.

Getting Around
The monument visitor center contains exhibits and information regarding your visit. The 1/3 mile Castle trail will take the visitor on a leisurely walk to view Montezuma Castle and other prehistoric dwellings.

 

FACILITIES

Visitor Centers
MONTEZUMA CASTLE VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Phone - 928-567-3322
Location - Visitor Center located 1 mile from entrance gate.
Exhibits - Exhibits depicting the life style of the Sinaguan Indians
Available Facilities - Southwest Parks and Monuments Association Book Store, restrooms, and picnic area

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Montezuma Castle National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Rancho Verde RV Park, Camp Verde, 1 miles away
Trails End, Camp Verde, 2 miles away
Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde, 3 miles away
Krazy K RV Park, Camp Verde, 3 miles away
Krazy K, Camp Verde, 3 miles away
Yavapai-apache RV Park, Camp Verde, 3 miles away
Cliff Castle Casino, Camp Verde, 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Super 8 Camp Verde AZ, Camp Verde , 3 miles away
The Lodge, Camp Verde , 3 miles away
Days Inn Camp Verde Arizona, Camp Verde , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Camp Verde, Camp Verde , 3 miles away
Ridge On Sedona Golf Resort, Sedona , 13 miles away
Hilton Sedona Resort At Bell Rock, Sedona , 13 miles away
Las Posadas Of Sedona, Sedona , 13 miles away
 Trails Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Ox Bow Trail Number One Hundred Sixty Three, Yavapai County , 9 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 3097 feet elevation difference
Cold Water Trail, Yavapai County , 10 miles away,  13 hiking miles, 3883 feet elevation difference
Buckhorn Trail, Yavapai County , 12 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1912 feet elevation difference
Walker Basin Trail, Yavapai County , 12 miles away, 7.9 hiking miles, 2662 feet elevation difference
Deadwood Trail, Yavapai County , 13 miles away, 7.9 hiking miles, 2150 feet elevation difference
Towel Creek Trail, Yavapai County , 13 miles away, 8.4 hiking miles, 1807 feet elevation difference
Towel Creek Trail Sixty Six - Sixty Seven Loop, Yavapai County , 13 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 2408 feet elevation difference
 Ski Areas Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Williams, Arizona , 45 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 7 runs
Arizona Snowbowl, Arizona , 45 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 32 runs
 Whitewater Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Verde River, Yavapai County , 1 miles away, Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Camp Verde to Beasley Flat)
Beaver Creek, Yavapai County , 4 miles away, Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Wet Beaver Creek to Verde River)
Verde River, Yavapai County , 5 miles away, Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Beasley Flat to Gap Creek)
Wet Beaver Creek, Yavapai County , 11 miles away, Class -blank- - 9 miles long (Beaver Ranger Station to Beaver Creek)
Verde River, Yavapai County , 15 miles away, Class I-III - 25 miles long (Childs to Horseshoe Reservoir)
 Public Lands Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale - AZ , 0 miles away
Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff - AZ , 42 miles away
Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff - AZ , 42 miles away
Fort Verde State Historic Park, Arizona , 1 miles away
Red Rock State Park, Arizona , 15 miles away
Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Arizona , 16 miles away
Slide Rock State Park, Arizona , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Montezuma Castle National Monument:
Beaver Creek Golf Club, Rimrock , 6 miles away
B C Ranch Golf Club, Rimrock , 6 miles away
Verde Santa Fe Golf Club, Cornville , 13 miles away
Sedona Golf Resort, Sedona , 13 miles away
Oak Creek Country Club, Sedona , 13 miles away

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