Montezuma Castle National Monument Trail [CLOSED]

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Montezuma Castle National Monument Trail [CLOSED] is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Camp Verde, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

paved

river

views

scramble

closed

fee

Effective March 22, 2020, Montezuma Well and Montezuma Castle will be closed due to COVID-19 until further notice. For more information, check out https://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm Montezuma Castle National Monument, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, features well-preserved cliff-dwellings Marvel at the 1,000 year old legacy of the Sinagua as you explore the ruins at Montezuma Castle National Monument. A paved, 1/3 mile loop trails takes you through a tranquil sycamore glade and past the ancient cliff dwellings of a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.

hiking
4 days ago

Went up on May 27th and this Trail was closed.

hiking
fee
23 days ago

Part of the National Parks Dept. Easy to get to off i17 (maybe adds 15 minutes) and worth stopping. The walk to see the castle is both easy and accessible. I thought the history was interesting and to see the castle in person is quite spectacular. There is a per person fee (if you have a NP Annual pass -I believe- up to 4 adults are included), but the entrance feel is valid for 7 days and allows you to also visit Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot National Monument.

hiking
2 months ago

Very well marked NPS paved trail.

3 months ago

Definitely not a hikers choice, it is mainly a monument walk with concrete paved paths. Cool to see the history here, but we knew that going in it wasn't going to be any sort of rigorous hike. Nonetheless, worth the visit (hit up Fort Verde too to make the trip from PHX worthwhile).

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful place to visit. Well maintained and enjoyable. There’s a trail head just outside the park entrance thats just a gravel and sandy trail into the vast open. Has some nice vista views though.

hiking
4 months ago

If you are looking to hike, do NOT go here. It is purely a historical stop- you pay $10, walk a few yards and stare at a castle. If you’re into reading about the historical aspect of the monument then this is for you, but for hikers, a huge waste of money.

hiking
4 months ago

Very neat and not crowded at all on a weekday morning in January!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little saunter around the visitors centre to the castle. Rangers were great with their talks. Although a bit crowded.

Great short paved trail with incredible history shown! National parks passes work - otherwise it’s 10 dollars a person. Had to walk it twice it was so mind blowing and beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Quick and easy. Beautiful area, right off the interstate. Good place to stretch and learn something.

hiking
fee
5 months ago

Quick and easy. It’s just amazing to see back in history

Nice little loop that provides a glimpse into the past

6 months ago

very interesting!! fascinating how the Indians built along the mountain side.

hiking
6 months ago

Very short and paved for wheelchair access. Exquisitely beautiful in fall. The Arizona sycamores thrive here and turn a blazing yellow color.

hiking
7 months ago

The castle is beautiful. However, it’s $10 per person to go look at the castle from far away. That’s it. $10 to look at the castle from afar and then you’re done.....

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful short touristy paved trail. Amazing history. Well done.

hiking
7 months ago

We loved the diorama. YOU can stroller most of this. Wonderful in the fall as the leaves are changing

hiking
8 months ago

This is a paved trail that takes you through the property of the National Monument. Nice little spot to learn about these dwellings and the people who lived there.

hiking
9 months ago

$10 entry or NPS Agency pass. Nice short pit stop with cool history boards and exhibits.

hiking
10 months ago

just a nice quick stop

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

$10 to get in, but good for 7 days and gets you into Montezuma’s Well and another Park. Can only view castle- no climbing exploring allowed. Although short walk, always bring water - hot and high altitude

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

$10 entry. It's a cool site to see, not much of a hike but if you are looking for somewhere to stop for a little while in between Phoenix and Sedona, it made for a nice little excursion.

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Easy trail but a very interesting hike, the ruins on the mountain are impressive to see

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

All concrete. Beautiful place.....amazing what they did there.....

Sat Mar 30 2019

A very easy track for all users. Wheelchair friendly. You can’t rally call this a hick as it is a short round trip walk from the visitor centre. It is worth the short time it takes to visit. As a National Monument you will need to have paid the annual fee or pay a one off fee to visit.

Wed Mar 06 2019

it was an awesome place to see. But $10 is way to steep for the price to get in.

Under construction

closed
Fri Jan 18 2019

closed because of govt shutdown. looks like it would be a nice place to visit though.

walking
Sun Dec 30 2018

It’s just a short path but it’s an amazing view! A cool piece of history.

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