The Montezuma Castle is not at all what the kids imagined. 

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                                               (someone did not want to be in the photo)

“Wait, that was a castle?"

Built into a cliff about 100 feet off the ground, Montezuma Castle was a five-story dwelling with about 20 rooms. It is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the US.

The dwelling was occupied for a period of about 300 years before it was completely abandoned around 1400 AD.

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The park itself wasn’t very big, a short trail along the side of the cliff.

I however enjoyed the gentle sounds of the flute being played by an older man as we entered the park. The sound echoed through the path, as a gentle reminder to slow down and take in the sights!

The kids all worked to ear another Jr. Ranger badge.