Montezuma's Castle was built near the top of a Verde Valley cliff & is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America.
Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona, like other historical sites is misnamed because discoverers lacked information or understanding. It has nothing to do with the Aztec Empire.
It was named from a mistaken belief that the cliff-dwelling was a castle Aztec refugees built for their emperor. It is now known Montezuma never strayed this far north from his mexican home, but the name has stuck.
Sinagua people built it over 100 years before Montezuma lived. The Castle is a 20 room, 5 storey structure built in a limestone cliff about 70 feet above the ground.
It was built near the top of a Verde Valley cliff & is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America.
Access to the ruins by climbing ladders had been allowed prior to 1950.
It was stopped due to extensive damage of the dwelling from visitors to the site.
These cliff dwellings are not as well preserved since they were not set in as good a location in the cliffs as the Castle
Other Cliff Dwellings
Ruins now probably the home of some sort of birds or other animals