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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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321 Reviews
Open daily, 8am - 5pm
2800 N Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde, 86322

The Basics

Many visitors tour Montezuma Castle in Camp Verde on a day trip from Phoenix, Sedona, or Flagstaff. In addition to the ruins themselves, tourists should set aside a few hours to explore the museum, walk the scenic trails, and have lunch along the shore of Beaver Creek. Visitors can focus on the castle and nearby Montezuma Well, or opt for a guided tour to five Arizona national monuments in a single day, including Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater National Monuments.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Recommend this trip
Sonia_K, Jul 2021
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
Eric was a great guide. I decided to join this tour because I was traveling alone so did not want to drive around. Eric was a great driver. And the company is proactive about the road situation so that the car does not get stuck in the traffic. Overall, I recommend this trip!
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Ride to Sedona
Mary_O, Jul 2021
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
The chapel of the cross was my favorite stop. The trip over all was fair. A few things that your company has control over and make some changes are, the air conditioning system was on full blast, but, blowing out hot air. Repair it please. Next I would suggest that the driver put some sort of trash bag with in the bus . The driver was very informative
star-5
Had a great half day with Bob exploring the two sites and learning a great deal about the local history.
Elizabeth_W, Mar 2021
Montezuma Castle - Tuzigoot National Monument Private Luxury Car Tour
The guide, Bob, was impressively knowledgeable and shared his love of history with great enthusiasm. My husband and I truly enjoyed our experience and will definitely recommend this excursion to all who are heading this way!!
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The sites and information provided by our guide
Susan_S, Feb 2020
Montezuma Castle - Tuzigoot National Monument Private Luxury Car Tour
Bob our guide was great. We had a wonderful time. Tour was informative and entertaining. We highly recommend
star-5
Wonderful well rounded tour
Brian_F, Feb 2021
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
Roger was great. He took us to some great spots. Jerome was so cool. Sedona was breathtaking. Roger knew how to get around and did a wonderful job of narrating as he went. Thank you for this memorable trip.
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Sedona, Arizona
jcnman, Jan 2020
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
We had a great time. The driver was knowledgeable about the entire area. Very informative! We loved this trip.
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Montezuma Castle National Monument & Tuzigoot National Monument
brex19, Sep 2019
Montezuma Castle - Tuzigoot National Monument Private Luxury Car Tour
Bob was an excellent tour guide and was both fun to talk with as well as very knowledgeable about the history of the sites. Well worth the money and time.
star-4
nice day trip
sabinel106, Sep 2019
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
We enjoyed our day trip. Bee is a great driver and very knowledgeable. Definitely going back to Sedona for a longer stay.
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Good Trip
krkar, Jul 2019
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
Enjoyed the trip, scenery was beautiful, and the guide was very knowledgeable. Appreciated that the group was smaller and wasn't fully booked for the van.
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MEMORABLE ADVENTURE
SOLO, Mar 2020
Sedona with Jerome and Montezuma Castle One-Day Van Tour
WOW! This was a great and fabulous tour!! Started out to Sedona to see the Red Rocks, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Coffeepot Rock. Breathtaking views for picture taking!! Then off to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross, very unique to see how it was built between two red rocks! It's small inside but very grand when you walk in to see Jesus. Next to upper Sedona to spend 2 hours for lunch and souvenir shopping. Recommend Canyon Breeze for lunch as they give a generous amount of food and a good amount of choices as well. Lots of shops to stop in to find that something you want to bring back for memory sake and to show you have been to Sedona. There's also a popcorn shop that has free samples, hmm yum! We then went to Jerome which was a very interesting town. Along the way we passed through Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Also given good amount of time to explore the quaint town of Jerome which was a mining town. As you walk through the streets you will come across old equipment and cars from back in time. It takes you back and gives off a feel of how it once was in the late 19th century. For those who love chocolate and have a severe sweet tooth, you MUST stop in at the Copper Country Fudge shop located on 337 Main Street. The woman at the counter is responsible for all the candy as she makes them herself! The English Toffee and the Honey Comb one is to die for as that is what I purchased. There are many other choices as well. And now the best for last which was Montezuma's Castle. Another amazing national monument. Unfortunately you will have to view it from below and not actually go on the pathway which is understandable in order to preserve this ancient wonder. Kim our guide was very informative during the whole journey along the way to each location. I enjoyed our conversations. I was in Flagstaff back in 2017 and everyone there had said to me that I must see Sedona. I throughly enjoyed my experience and am glad to finally have seen Sedona! Another memorable adventure to add to my travels. I highly recommend this tour!! Thank you Across Arizona Tours!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visit the castle on its own or bundled with other national monuments.

  • Dogs are welcome on park trails but must remain on leash.

  • The park visitor center and much of the paved trail at the castle are wheelchair accessible.

  • Montezuma Castle is at a high elevation in a dry climate—bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

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How to Get There

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located in Northern Arizona off I-17, exit 289 (about 90 minutes north of Phoenix and 45 minutes south of Flagstaff).

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When to Get There

The national monument is open daily throughout the year, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day. During the hot summer months, plan your visit in the early morning or early evening.

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Montezuma Well

Just a few miles from the cliff dwelling sits another archaeological site worth visiting, Montezuma Well. This limestone sinkhole is believed to be the remains of the Sinagua’s irrigation system. A half-mile paved trail winds through the site, and it’s an excellent spot to observe local wildlife such as whitetail deer, muskrats, rock squirrels, and some 100 species of birds.

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