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Throwback Thursday; Montezuma Castle National Monument

Back in 2012 I visited Montezuma Castle National Monument located just of Interstate 17 exit 289 near Camp Verde in Yavapai County, Arizona.


Montezuma Castle is a preserved Sinauga cliff dwelling  on a limestone cliff above Beaver Creek which was occupied between 1100 AD to 1425 AD.  Montezuma Castle was rediscovered by European Explorers that it had some sort of connection to Aztec Emperor Montezuma.  Montezuma Castle is located 90 feet above the terrain below the cliff-face and has approximately 4,000 square feet over five floors.  Montezuma Castle was set aside as a National Monument in 1906.

 
Approximately 11 miles northeast of Montezuma Castle is a detached area of Montezuma Castle National Monument located on a sink hole known as Montezuma Well.  Montezuma Well is located above a fresh water spring which chewed through the surrounding limestone to create a 386 foot in diameter sink hole.  Being one of the few locations in Arizona with easy access to fresh water Montezuma Well was obviously an attractive location for settlement which apparently date as early as the 8th century.  Montezuma Well is also surrounded by cliff dwellings much like the nearby Montezuma Castle. 



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