Montezuma Castle National Monument Montezuma Castle credits NPS Photo Looking up at Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle National Monument Montezuma Castle in the Cliff credits NPS Photo/Sharlot Hart Montezuma Castle was built in an alcove about 90 feet up a cliff. This protects the dwelling from flooding.
Established December 8, 1906, Montezuma Castle is the third National Monument dedicated to preserving Native American culture. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is located near Camp Verde, Cottonwood
Montezuma Castle: Follow I-17 to exit 289 (90 minutes north of Phoenix, 45 minutes south of Flagstaff). Drive east (through two traffic circles) for approximately 1/2 mile to the blinking red light. Turn left onto Montezuma Castle Road.
Montezuma Well: Follow I-17 to exit 293 (north of the exit for Montezuma Castle). Continue through the towns of McGuireville and Rimrock, following the signs for 4 miles to the entrance to the Well.