Montezuma Castle National Monument Trail

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Montezuma Castle National Monument Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately 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 birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.4 miles
22 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




old growth


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.

1 month ago

Unbelievable how the castle was constructed. Also provides a fresh perspective on how good we have it with modern conveniences.

3 months ago

This is a very neat historical structure. I didn’t find the 1.5 hour one way drive from Phoenix to be worth it though.

4 months ago

Short easy walk but worth the stop, fantastic cliff dwellings.

4 months ago

Not a hike, obviously, but very cool - good family fun

4 months ago

love the look if the castle

5 months ago

Amazing. The story is so fascinating and the place is really unique. A very easy, short walk.

6 months ago

Another worth while stop. Awesome history. Not really hiking....more like a stroll.

9 months ago

Not really a hike, more of a stroll

9 months ago

Amazing history. Definitely worth the stop.

10 months ago

11 months ago

A nice paved walk to view amazing ruins that look different depending on the angle you look at it

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Not really a trail. More a nice paved stroll through an outdoor historical site. Appropriate for all ages. It's all paved and easy to maneuver with plenty of marked signage and interesting history. You can't go up to the ruins (to preserve them) but there are signs, a nice little museum, and you can of course see them from afar.

The ruins themselves are worth seeing; there are several sites that prove to be very interesting. Don't skip the museum; it's in the gift shop and totally worth a look.

Super easy to find and there is a decent sized parking lot. Restrooms are fairly nice. The gift shop has plenty of interesting trinkets to purchase if you have some people from out of town with you. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under 15 years old. There are discounts for those with other passes, and buying this pass will get you into several parks for free within a certain time frame. Overall a good hour or so activity that's worth doing.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Very easy trail! Great history, interesting culture, etc. Something I highly recommend if you have children… Especially those in elementary or middle school age range. A short paved trail with informative park rangers on site. Also a small gift shop, which you enter and exit the trail from.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very interesting history and culture. Excellent learning opportunity. Easy walk. Very pretty and informative.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A hike it is not. However, it is a very pleasant walk along the wooded grounds between a creek and the beautiful large cliff which contains the ancient dwellings.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great history lesson - not really a hike more of a nature walk

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easy hike.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stopped here on my drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. Just outside the Visitor's Center was a flat and easy pathway leading to a view of the cliff dwellings made by the Sinagua people. There is no way to visit the cliff dwellings so after having a quick look and reading the informational signs, there wasn't really much else to see

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

This very accessible trail is beautifully done. A very nice experience to see Montezuma Castle.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Cute little place for 20 minute walk ..

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nice view!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Very quick and easy walk to the ruins. Also has a little museum to visit too.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good stop between Phoenix and Sedona. Really just a short paced loop to view the castle from below on ground level.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Definitely not a hike. A little pricey too for only the one view, but I am glad we went.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Definitely not a hike. A little pricey too for only the one view, but I am glad we went.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

We did this in August of 2014.
I wouldn't call this a hike or a trail. It's a paved sidewalk that allows you to explore the castle area and gives you various places to stop and read signs and see how life was back in the castles hay day.

The information here and the sights are great, but I gave it only 3 stars because it's a national monument visitor's center-- not a trail or a hike by any means.

Worth seeing for sure!

We did this, fossil creek hike, and tonto natural bridge hike all in one day.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Interesting for history, but not much for the money.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Interesting site. disappointed couldn't access closer. more of a walk than a hike.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maybe I was just thinking there was going to be more to it. But you park and pay to walk in and its over before ya know it. Cool site to see, but nothing to write home about in my opinion. I thought Montezuma's Well was actually cool than the castle. But again, thats just me.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A very pleasant place! We drop by once a year on "Free NP Entrance Day". I usually take my dog. There is a great little museum and the trail follows Beaver Creek. There is plenty of shade and benches to sit upon. Great for kids and disabled folks!

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