Montezuma Castle National Monument features one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The 20-room structure is about 100 feet above the 1/3-mile loop interpretive trail. It and other dwellings in the area were built by farmers of the Southern Sinaguan culture, so they have nothing to do with Montezuma, the ruler of the Aztec culture. But the misnomer given by European settlers remains and still testifies to the grandeur of the “castle”.
It was one of the nation’s first national monuments, and continues to inspire audiences today. We have one interpretive trail, picnic area, museum and bookstore.
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.
At Montezuma Well, another 1/2-mile loop leads you past an amazing oasis, used by the Sinagua people over 600 years ago.
$10 entrance fee includes entrance into both Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments for up to 7 days. A 12-month park pass for entrance to both parks is available for $30. Other Federal Passes are also available.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The paved trail is accessible, although the spur leading up to Castle A viewing area may be too steep for some wheel-chairs.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed on the trail, as long as they are on a 6-foot or shorter leash. We recommend pets not be left in vehicles while owners are visiting because of the potential for extreme temperatures in the area.