MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Montezuma Castle is not at all what the kids imagined.
“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.
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.