Postcard: Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle, Arizona
Montezuma Castle National Monument | Image by Sarah Vernetti

Built by the Sinagua people approximately 900 years ago, this historic structure now serves as an example of early cliff dwellings in the American Southwest.

Pros: Montezuma Castle can be viewed from a short, easy-to-navigate trail, which makes this a quick visit for those who are short on time or are traveling with small children. Also, because Montezuma Castle is located along the route from Sedona to Phoenix, this is a convenient stop for those road-tripping through Arizona.

Cons: There was a time when visitors to the park could actually climb up and explore the cliff dwellings, but that is no longer the case for safety and conservation reasons. The current restrictions are totally understandable, but it’s hard not to look up at the castle and think about how cool it would be to actually see it up close.

Have you visited Montezuma Castle? What did you think?

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