Montezuma Castle National Monument

August 23, 2017 Leave a Comment

 

A quick trip to nearby Camp Verde takes visitors to one of the most renowned national monuments in the region. Four historic and cultural Antiquities Act sites in the Sedona area were hailed in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt, establishing the country’s first National Monuments. Montezuma Castle was hailed as having the greatest “ethnological and scientific interest” of all. Looting has been an issue at most historic sites, and today many of the artifacts are missing, but it’s still one of the best preserved original dwellings in the U.S.

When the era of the road trip was in full swing, Montezuma Castle was one of the most popular destinations. “Castle A,” a pueblo with around 50 rooms, was excavated in 1933. With it, a host of artifacts were discovered which gave archaeologists a greater understanding of the Sinaguas who called Sedona home for 400 years.

 

The Early Years

 

Originally, the monument’s visitors had to climb ladders along the limestone cliffs to access the site. However, due to damage, public access became prohibited in 1951. Today, over 350,000 visitors still flock to the site to peek through the windows and get a glimpse of what life was like over 600 years ago.

 

Don’t forget to check out the Montezuma Well on site, too! Take I-17 to exit 189. Continue east for half a mile, then turn left onto Montezuma Castle Road at the blinking red light. It’s a day trip you won’t want to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

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