Take a day trip to visit Montezuma Castle National Monument and witness the incredible legacy of a people who struggled to survive in the Verde Valley 1,000 years ago. Plan to spend 1-2 hours exploring the museum and wandering the trails through a scenic sycamore grove at the base of towering limestone cliffs. Take your time to enjoy your lunch in the picnic area along the shore of Beaver Creek. The museum exhibits include artifacts depicting the lifestyle, history and culture of the Sinaguan Indians who built Montezuma Castle.
Self guided tours, as well as formal ranger programs are offered that cover a wide range of topics and typically last about 25 minutes. Times vary based on staffing and availiblity, visitors are welcome to call ahead to 928-567-3322 x 0 or stop by our visitor center to inquire about times and topics. Montezuma Castle Visitor Center & Trail are open daily from 8am-5pm seven days a week (closed on Christmas Day). Dogs are allowed on park trails but must remain on a leash no longer than six feet.
Directions: 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.
For more information about Montezuma Castle National Monument, visit www.nps.gov.