Montezuma Castle National Monument. This cave dwelling, attributed to the Sinagua people, seems to have been built in the 13th century, about the time the French were building Notre Dame Cathedral. But by 1425, the Sinagua had vanished, and scientists are still trying to sort that out. Near Camp Verde, AZ....North of Phoenix.
Montezuma Castle is one of a number of well-preserved ancient dwellings in north central Arizona, including the Wupatki, Tonto, Walnut Canyon, and Tuzigoot national monuments. It is probably the most spectacular; an imposing 20 room, 5-story structure built into a recess in a white limestone cliff about 70 feet above the ground.
Montezuma Castle, National Monument, Arizona-Don’t be misled by the name: neither castle nor anything else having to do with the Aztec ruler from central Mexico, this five-story, 20-room structure was built into a cave 70 feet up the cliff-face by the Ancestral Puebloan people (sometimes called the Anasazi). Short T-shaped doorways—which kept heat in and drafts out—were put into what is one of America’s best-preserved cliff dwellings, constructed 800 years ago.
Montezuma Castle National Monument, near Camp Verde, Arizona ... One of my very favorite places in Arizona which is filled with many places that I love dearly. This spot has the power to take me to that time and place when the people wandered and lived here. I can feel them ... I feel as I have been one of them. The peace that fills me is like no other.
Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, United States. The dwellings 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 States, between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries.