Montezuma Castle - Western National Parks Association

Montezuma Castle

National Monument


On December 8, 1906, the National Park Service established this site as its third national monument dedicated to preserving American Indian culture. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival, and, ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the first four national monuments because it protects one of the best-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America.

Stories from Montezuma Castle

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Distribution, Abudance, Habitat Use, and Breeding Ecology in the Verde River Watershed of Arizona
Monitoring the Removal of the Non-Native Slider Turtle and Evaluating its Effects on the Native Sonoran Mud Turtle at Montezuma Well (Year 1)
Testing the Efficacy of Acoustic Lures on Western Bat Species
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$136 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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