Montezuma's Castle National Monument - Sedona & Verde Valley Area

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Montezuma's Castle & Well

National Monument


Sedona Arizona

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Sheri Sperry ReMax Sedona &

Montezuma's Castle

Many people think that Montezuma's Castle has something to do with the King of the Aztecs. However, early settlers to the area, gave it that name because they thought the ruins were from the Conquest of Mexico by the Aztec King. In fact, it was not.

Sedona & Verde Valley Rich In Ruins


There are hundreds of ruins all over Sedona and the Verde Valley. Some evidence exist that primitive hunter-gatherers inhabited this area as much as 10,000 years ago!

Montezuma's Castle and Well is the last vestige of Sinagua. You might also gather that the Sinagua were cliff dwellers by how high the dwellings are!Montezuma's Castle Sedona real estate A little more info about the Sinagua include, they were a people who came from the north inhabited the area anywhere from 500 AD to 650 AD and left between 1200 AD to 1450 AD approximately.  Nobody really understands why they left.  Did they leave because of war, disease, drought, lack of farming capability?  I might also note that the castle was abandoned almost a century before Montezuma was born!

Trade Route

The Verde Valley is a fertile land and has been settled by many cultures throughout history. Three rivers pass through the valley. Oak Creek, Verde River, and Beaver Creek. Montezuma's Castle sits close to Beaver Creek.  It is the perfect area to provide shelter, irrigate crops with water from the well and Beaver Creek.  Remnants from the canals that irrigated the land are still visible. 

It is a natural corridor between the Sonora Desert (Phoenix, Tucson and northern Mexico) and the Colorado Plateau (Flagstaff & 4 Corners region). Modern day, Intersate 17 connects Northern Arizona to Central Arizona.

Directions To Montezuma Castle

The castle is about 3 miles off Interstate 17. Take Exit 289 and follow the signs.

My Experience

My husband and I decided to visit on a warn summer afternoon. The large visitor center is air conditioned and explains all the history and displays artifacts and renditions of how the 5 story structure with 20 rooms was built.  If you come in the summer, you will find many trees that offer shade.  The marked path through the monument is easy to navigate, is a pleasant walk and provides many vantage points to see the monument. There is a nominal fee to get in to see the actual ruins. I believe that a National Parks pass provides for access to the monument. You will find that the visitor center is free! Montezuma's Well has no fee.  There is a stepped path that has a moderate incline but is easy to walk. The steps are shallow and long and some areas offer a railing to hold.

I highly recommend seeing both the castle and the well.  They compliment each other and fill in the gaps of how the community might have irrigated their crops.

I would allow a half a day to enjoy the history and culture but you could probably do both in 2.5 hours. We had to rush through the well because the park was closing. There are some spots you can climb dow to get close to the water and we had to pass on that due to time constraints. 

Montezuma's Well


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Located near Sedona. and Camp Verde, Montezuma's Well is a major limestone sinkhole that dates back to prehistoric times.  Besides travelers, nature and historical as well as other guests, the well attracts other "visitors"looking for refuge or water.  It boasts it's own eco system that will become quite evident as you circle through the path. What appears to be more of a desert landscape from the parking lot changes as you walk around. If you have never seen an oasis, this may be very close.  

Montezuma's Well Sedona real estate

As you can see, even Montezuma's Well had Cliff Dwellings

Details About the Well

The well is fed by natural springs that pump around 1.5 million gallons of water into the sink hole every day. The well is 368 feet wide with a depth of 55 feet. There is an ancient canal that is fed from the sink hole which you can see as you travel the path. It is believed that the Sinagua people built this canal for irrigation purposes and to carry water back to their dwellings. You will find the canal below the well close to Beaver Creek.  It is surrounded by thick forest like vegetation.  Imagine the Sinagua enjoying this area on a hot summer afternoon.  They would get a respite from the work day to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. 

Montezuma's Well Map & Directions

Montezuma's Well is about 11 miles from Montezuma's Castle.  Take Interstate 17 to exit 293 and follow the signs. 


As always I welcome any questions on Sedona or the Verde Valley.  If you decide you also need  information on real estate solutions I would be happy to assist you.

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

We got to this one 5 minutes before they were closing on our visit and they wouldn't let us in.  Next time I really want to visit this place.

Jan 18, 2017 11:14 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a definite wow. I have visted other cliff dwellings in different states and now I want to see this one too.

Jan 18, 2017 12:46 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have always been fascinated by the cliff dwellings in that area.  I remember my mom and I went there when I was 19.  Amazing pictures, Sheri!

Jan 18, 2017 03:46 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Jan 18, 2017 03:46 PM #4
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Sheri, I've always enjoyed seeing photos and the stories about the Cliff Dwellings but, have not yet been in the neighborhood to see them.  Thanks for the awesome photos and info!  John and Kat

Jan 18, 2017 05:42 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It would a great experience to explore Montezuma's Castle National Monument in Sedona Valley area in Arizona.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 18, 2017 08:13 PM #6
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

What a beautiful area. That's amazing that the sinkhole is only 55 feet deep yet 1.5 million gallons of water disappear into it every day? There must be underground caves or rivers where this water goes. I would love to see it!

Jan 18, 2017 10:34 PM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri this is amazing I loved this post, talk about a "must see destination" Clearly your part of the world just moved up on the Bucket List. I can hardly wait to show this post to Diane, Endre

Jan 18, 2017 10:37 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri.  Now that is something my wife and I would like to see.  I really got to get up in your neck of the woods for a visit

Jan 19, 2017 02:52 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for the history lesson and your wonderful photographs. I would love to visit the area.

Jan 19, 2017 03:39 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Sheri, I would love to visit this when I am in the area. I guess that means it is time to plan a trip to the Sedona, AZ area. There is so much to see.

Jan 19, 2017 06:09 AM #11
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, just saw a re-blog Roy did, and what a stunning place, and your photos are gorgeous.  Will need to check this place out on a road trip!  

Feb 09, 2017 07:26 AM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Amazing pictures and story Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , thanks for sharing

Feb 09, 2017 08:47 AM #13
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

I love history.  Thanks for a great post about such an interesting place.

Feb 17, 2017 05:19 AM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and let you know that my intent is always to leave a personal thank you on your comment. You stopped by and I appreciate it.  This blog got away from me because it was then that I make the huge career decision to move to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Sedona.  I had to start making all the changes and creating an entire new business plan and even with help from my husband, the list of things to do continues to increase daily! Thank you all so much again.

Feb 21, 2017 06:49 AM #15
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