The well preserved cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument. Arizona.

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well - ancient sites in central Arizona, near Camp Verde and Sedona.

Exploring Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona, USA with kids #Findyourpark

Exploring Montezuma Castle National Monument

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This Castle Is One Of The Oldest Houses In Arizona And It Is Still Standing

If you’ve ever wondered how some of our state’s earliest inhabitants lived centuries ago, you’ll want to visit this Arizona “castle.

High-Rise Living in 700 AD ~ Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona

High-Rise Living in 700 AD ~ Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona

Imagine living inside of an Indian cliff dwelling high up in a limestone escarpment. See photos & videos of Montezuma's Castle in Arizona.

Montezuma Castle Nat'l Monument, Arizona, is near the top of a Verde Valley cliff and is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The area was briefly abandoned due to volcanic ash from the Sunset Crater Volcano. It is likely that the sediment from that aided in agricultural endeavors when the Sinagua arrived. During the interim, the Sinagua lived on the hills nearby and sustained themselves on agriculture dependent on rain.

Montezuma's castle, a more complete set of cliff dweller ruins south of Flagstaff Arizona.

Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ - Inhabited over a millennium ago by the Sinagua, these cliff dwellings are nestled in the sheer limestone cliffs overlooking a lush river valley in the otherwise dry and desolate Arizona landscape. When the ruins were discovered by European explorers, it was incorrectly believed to be Aztec in origin. Thus it was named after Montezuma II.

Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ - Inhabited over a millennium ago by the Sinagua, these cliff dwellings are nestled in the sheer limestone cliffs overlooking a lush river valley in the otherwise dry and desolate Arizona landscape. When the ruins were discovered by European explorers, it was incorrectly believed to be Aztec in origin. Thus it was named after Montezuma II.

Montezuma Castle was a mistaken name. Early settlers who discovered the cliff dwelling ruins erroneously connected them to the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but in-fact the Sinaqua ruins had been abandoned a hundred years before Montezuma was even born. And the dwellings weren’t a castle at all, but a multi-family “prehistoric high rise apartment complex”.

Montezuma Castle was built by the ancient Sinagua Indians over 900 years ago into the cliff alcoves near Camp Verde, AZ and Sedona, Arizona. Montezuma Castle National Monument is open everyday except Christmas Day.

Montezuma Castle National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Montezuma Castle National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Montezuma Castle in Arizona is, like many of the buildings in the Mesa Verde complex in Colorado, one of the best-preserved ancient cliff dwellings in the United States.

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