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Montezuma National Monuments

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Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Nestled in an impressive limestone cliff, this 20-room cliff dwelling tells a story of survival, ingenuity, and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. A short trip eleven miles northeast of these cliff dwellings, you can explore the stunning architecture and ruins of Montezuma Well where over 1.5 million gallons of water flow into the well daily. Located further to the north, Tuzigoot National Monument is the site of an ancient pueblo atop a desert hilltop, a remnant of the history and culture of the Sinagua people. During a visit to the park, gaze through the windows of the past and explore the legacy of the Sinagua which continues to inspire the imaginations of visitors today.

To learn more about Montezuma Castle National Monument, visit www.nps.gov. More information about Tuzigoot National Monument can be found at www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The Montezuma Castle Visitor Center is open seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Visiting Tips

Montezuma Castle National Monument is open year round seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm. The Montezuma Well Trail is open seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, and the associated picnic area is open from 8 am to 4 pm. Tuzigoot National Monument is open year round seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm. All sites are closed on Christmas Day.

The weather in the area can vary greatly throughout the year, and bringing plenty of water and sunscreen is recommended regardless of the season.

Camping & Lodging

There is no camping or lodging located within the park.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants located within the park. Be sure to bring plenty of water and, if you are spending the day, a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic areas. There are a variety of dining options located in the nearby towns.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Montezuma Castle National Monument features a variety of ranger-led tours, walks, and talks. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Tuzigoot National Monument also offers a host of free, ranger-led programs. To learn more and see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

After marveling at the historic cliff dwelling, pueblo, and well of the Sinagua, you can choose from a host of other nearby attractions which include the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, the V Bar V Heritage Site, Fort Verde, and Jerome State Park. No matter where you choose to explore, the Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will give you a chance to explore a beautiful area steeped in history and culture. Visit the park's website for more information on these nearby attractions.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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Montezuma Well

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Montezuma Castle

(6) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Montezuma National Monuments - 2

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Favorite Montezuma's Castle.
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Montezuma's Castle Trail

0.4 mi 0.7 km 19' Up 5.91 m Up 19' Down 5.91 m Down

Camp Verde, AZ
Favorite Take Nothing But Pictures...
Easy/Intermediate

Tuzigoot Ruins Trail

0.3 mi 0.6 km 35' Up 10.67 m Up 34' Down 10.48 m Down

Clarkdale, AZ

Montezuma National Monuments Hiking

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0.4 mi 0.7 km #1Montezuma Well Loop Trail
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Lake Montezuma, AZ
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Lake Montezuma, AZ

Photos of Montezuma National Monuments - 8

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View of Montezuma Well
Feb 3, 2016 near Lake Mo…, AZ
Montezuma's Castle.
Jan 30, 2016 near Camp Verde, AZ
Verde Valley View at Tuzigoot NM.
Jan 30, 2016 near Clarkdale, AZ
Take Nothing But Pictures...
Jan 30, 2016 near Clarkdale, AZ
Massive Arizona Sycamores at Montezuma Well
Feb 4, 2016 near Lake Mo…, AZ
Montezuma's Castle can be seen high above the lush green valley below Montezuma's Well.
Feb 5, 2016 near Lake Mo…, AZ
The Tuzigoot Ruins Trail weaves right through this ancient Pueblo.
Feb 1, 2016 near Clarkdale, AZ
Montezuma's Well is an oasis in the desert.
Feb 5, 2016 near Lake Mo…, AZ