Montezuma Castle, a Photo Gallery

Sinagua Culture farmers built the five-story, 20 room Montezuma Castle pueblo during the 12th century.  An unsheltered, six-story, 45-room pueblo built at the base of the cliff is now badly deteriorated.  The thumbnail images below are linked to larger versions of the same photos.

Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved ruins in the American Southwest.  Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well are situated along Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Verde River.  Each site is a short drive from Interstate 17.  Tuzigoot, another Sinagua ruin, is located nearby, between Clarkdale and Cottonwood in the Verde Valley.
Wupatki Ruin
Numerous ruins are found in the Flagstaff area.  Wupatki Ruin and other pueblos were built after the 1064 eruption of Sunset Crater, the youngest of about 400 volcanoes near Flagstaff.  Wupatki National Monument contains numerous masonry constructs.

External Links

Montezuma Castle National Monument, National Park Service.

Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument located approximately 11 miles from the park.  Montezuma Well is a limestone sink with one and a half million gallons of water a day flowing continuously. 

Tuzigoot National Monument is another ancient pueblo built by the Sinagua Culture between 1000 and 1400 A.D.. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms and crowns a hilltop in the Verde Valley.

At Wupatki National Monument pueblos of impressive stone masonry are very well preserved.  Amid lava and cinder, northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, a large agricultural community spread across this volcanic plateau after the eruption of Sunset Crater.

Walnut Canyon National Monument.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is an introduction to the arts, Native American cultures, and natural sciences of the Colorado Plateau.

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Canyons of the Ancients
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