off I-17, about 50 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona. We will be there in less than 1 week! I think that the visit to Montezuma Castle would be good. Do it! Montezuma Castle is at a high elevation in a dry … The loop can be done in 10 minutes if you are pressed for time. After waiting for parking, visiting the site should be about an hour tops. While there are certainly quite a few that have stood the test of time, the Montezuma Castle National Monument is quite the formidable place to visit as the structure is … The path is a short walk and we took pictures. Montezuma Castle. You can make of it what you want. Depending on how long you spend, you could also drive over to Tuzigoot. Dogs are allowed on park trails but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet. Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well are two parts of the same monument, and are separated by about 11 miles. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. You should be done in an hour depends on if the Rangers are doing the free tour or not. 1931 Object Type. It really is a fun spot to check out and it’s really interesting to … A five storey, 20 room dwelling built into the side of a cliff. Do we need reservations for Montezuma's Castle / Well. Near. NPS: Arizona: December 8, 1906: 1,015.52 acres (4.1 km 2) 390,151 Montezuma Castle features cliff dwellings built by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people between 1100 and 1400 AD. Worth the stop in my opinion! Montezuma Castle National Monument stands in a sheer limestone cliff recess about 100 feet above the Verde Valley in Camp Verde, Arizona. They were all abandoned … Around 1100 AD the region began to see an influx of Sinagua from the north. Zoom in to see updated info. Forced by the time crunch to skip the exhibit on the Southern Sinagua in the visitor center, we dashed back to the car. 3 3/8 x 5 5/16 in. Dogs are welcome on park trails but must remain on leash. Recto: l.r. The Visitors' Center has a lot of information and air conditioning. How long did you spend there? We stopped on our way from the airport to Flagstaff. Do we need to take a tour from Phoenix to access the monument? We were there during school spring break (so lots of people) and had no trouble finding a parking spot very close to the center. It’s good for 7 days. The Montezuma Castle is located on Camp Verde Rd. While the site was looted and damaged in the late 1800s, in 1897 the Arizona Antiquarian Association repaired as much as it could. Gelatin silver print Object Format. over a year ago Sedona Arizona. It is around 10 minutes from the highway. I was wondering if we could do Jerome and Montezuma's... Hi. Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United … I am pretty sure we did the self guided tour in an hour or so. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. If passing through, be sure to see it, it's quite a sight. A self-guided, 1/3-mile loop trail leads you past an incredible 5-story cliff dwelling, through a beautiful sycamore grove and along spring-fed Beaver Creek, one of only a few perennial streams in Arizona. more. From late June through early August, monsoons are common in the afternoons. We fly out of Phoenix Sunday evening. Map updates are paused. I have yet another question. Two Locations, So Much To See! 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