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.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

old growth

scramble

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.

2 months ago

Not really a hike, more of a stroll

walking
2 months ago

Amazing history. Definitely worth the stop.

walking
3 months ago

walking
4 months ago

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

7 months ago

ABOUT THE TRAIL
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.

ABOUT THE VIEW
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.

STUFF TO KNOW
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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

walking
8 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

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.

walking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Easy hike.

walking
9 months ago

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

walking
10 months ago

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.

walking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

walking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

walking
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.

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Interesting for history, but not much for the money.

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