A must see attraction in Northern Arizona, Montezuma’s Castle is located just off exit 187 on Interstate 17. Located near the tiny town of Rim Rock , the town featured in many of the John Wayne movies, Montezuma’s Castle was mistakenly named after the Aztec Indian Chief whom the Spaniards thought had traveled this far north.
A short two-hour drive north of Phoenix and only about a half an hour from beautiful, picturesque Sedona, it visiting it is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. If you have the time, spend the whole day in this beautiful and historic part of northern Arizona by combining it with such local attractions as Tuzigoot, an ancient Anasazi hilltop settlement near Cottonwood, Jerome, the old mining town located on the side of Cleopatra Mountain, and Montezuma’s Well which is also located near Montezuma’s Castle.
Built by the Sinagua Indians, it is constructed near the top of a tall Verde Valley limestone cliff, located near a small river, it provided the needed shelter, food and water for the group of natives who occupied it
for several hundred years.
Due to the extreme danger involved in constructing a dwelling of this nature, it demonstrates the Sinagua to be a very daring and able bodied people. The five-story structure contains 20 rooms and was home to about 50 people, there is much evidence that at one time it was a much larger structure.
Built as it is , it was very difficult for invading tribes to penetrate the natural defenses of this structure. The Sinagua occupied this area
from about 1125 A.D. until about 1425 when for unknown reasons they mysteriously disappeared.
It is unknown why they left, but war with the arriving Yavapai tribe, drought , or depletion of the soil due to improper fertilization have
all been suggested as causes for their departure. Many artifacts have been discovered which gives us insight to their way of life and
indicates they were fine artisans and craftsmen.
Having been designated by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Historical site in 1906, Montezuma’s Castle became one of the first such designations in the United States. The adjoining museum provides much information about the life and times of the Signaua to the nearly half million people who come from around the world to learn more of the American Indians and their ways each year.
Due to the many attractions in this area, such as the Verde Valley Railroad, Blazing M Ranch , the many golf courses, and the proximity of the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, it’s not hard to spend an entire week in this part of the mystical desert southwest.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
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