Montezuma Castle is a Sinaguan cliff dwelling near present-day Camp Verde, Arizona. It is part of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well

Montezuma Castle National Monument, along with the detached unit of Montezuma Well, are about five miles from Camp Verde, Arizona. And, they are well worth a visit if you are interested in photographing ancient architecture.

Montezuma Castle

The main cliff dwelling contains twenty room and is five stories high in places. Built within a limestone alcove seventy feet off the valley floor, it was highly defensible.

Its pristine condition is a result, in part, of its favorable location. But also, because it is a National Monument, it is continually monitored and protected.

Montezuma Castle is a Sinaguan cliff dwelling near present-day Camp Verde, Arizona. It is part of Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Montezuma Castle is a Sinaguan cliff dwelling near present-day Camp Verde, Arizona. It is part of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Montezuma Well

Five miles north of the Montezuma Castle is Montezuma Well. It is a natural sinkhole through which 1,500,000 US gallons of water emerge each day from an underground spring. In addition to cliff dwellings in the northwest wall, there are pueblo ruins and an ancient pithouse.

Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monumewnt near Campe Verde, Arizona. Sinaguan ruins nestle in the cliffs surrounding this limestone sinkhole, as well as along the edges.
Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monumewnt near Camp Verde, Arizona. Sinaguan ruins nestle in the cliffs surrounding this limestone sinkhole, as well as along the edges.

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Other sites in the Verde Valley

Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of four sites around Sedona that should be on every photographers itinerary. The other three sites are:

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