Montezuma Castle National Monument

Also known as: Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
40 mi. S of Flagstaff on I-17, Flagstaff, Arizona

Photos 

Montezuma Castle

1. PERSPECTIVE VIEW (NORTH) SHOWING CLIFF DWELLINGS

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Description 

Montezuma Castle is a cliff dwelling constructed by the Sinaguan people of Arizona's Verde Valley in the late 12th century. The Sinaguan culture thrived in agriculture and trade until they abandoned the Verde Valley in the 15th century. Montezuma Castle is a 5 story stone structure with 20 rooms perched some 50 feet above the valley floor. The walls are constructed of limestone and mud mortar with earthern roof and floors. Some of the architectural features include viga and latilla ceilings, interior plaster walls, storage holes, fireplaces, and roof hatchways... -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AZ-151)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000082
Areas of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric; Archeology - Aboriginal; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
District
Historic function
Village site
Current functions
Museum; Park
Periods of significance
1499-1000 AD; 1000-500 AD
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 50

Update Log 

  • June 10, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 10, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody

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