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Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Nestled in an impressive limestone cliff, this 20-room cliff dwelling tells a story of survival, ingenuity, and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. A short trip eleven miles northeast of these cliff dwellings, you can explore the stunning architecture and ruins of Montezuma Well where over 1.5 million gallons of water flow into the well daily. Located further to the north, Tuzigoot National Monument is the site of an ancient pueblo atop a desert hilltop, a remnant of the history and culture of the Sinagua people. During a visit to the park, gaze through the windows of the past and explore the legacy of the Sinagua which continues to inspire the imaginations of visitors today.

To learn more about Montezuma Castle National Monument, visit www.nps.gov. More information about Tuzigoot National Monument can be found at www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The Montezuma Castle Visitor Center is open seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Fees & Passes:
  • Per Person: $10 for 7 days (valid for entry to both Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments)
  • Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot Annual Pass: $30 per year

Entrance to Montezuma Well is free. To learn more about park fees, click here.

Visiting Tips

Montezuma Castle National Monument is open year round seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm. The Montezuma Well Trail is open seven days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, and the associated picnic area is open from 8 am to 4 pm. Tuzigoot National Monument is open year round seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm. All sites are closed on Christmas Day.

The weather in the area can vary greatly throughout the year, and bringing plenty of water and sunscreen is recommended regardless of the season.

Camping & Lodging

There is no camping or lodging located within the park.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants located within the park. Be sure to bring plenty of water and, if you are spending the day, a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic areas. There are a variety of dining options located in the nearby towns.

After the Run: Local Favorites

Harry's Hideaway I'm Harry (the owner) so my opinion is biased, but I think we have the best food in the Sedona area at the most reasonable prices!
Up The Creek Grille & Bar Great views and excellent wines. Service was slow. Sat for half and hour before we got our drinks. Food was very good.
La Fonda Restaurant We had the La Fonda special and we shared it. Plenty of food for two at lunch! Price was great and the service was friendly and fast.
Gabrielas Taco Shop and Fresh Garden Salsa I super love the food and guess what? If you play the gum ball and get the yellow ball, you get a free taco! Guess what?! We got a yellow one! Shrimp taco is bomb!
Plaza Bonita They have fantastic Enchiladas Suizas.
991 S Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-7028
Randall's Restaurant Everything is very good and so is the value. The service is fantastic.
891 S Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-0043
RR BBQ AZ The green chili fries are AWESOME!
Crusty's Really friendly service. Get the lunch special for the kids
Juanitas Taqueria Carnitas burrito is incredible.
Verde Lea Market And Deli The torta is amazing! Go carne asada with avocado and jalapeƱos. It's awesome!
516 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-8731
Hog Wild The Hog Wild burger with Sweet Potato French Fries - some times I just gotta'!
705 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (705) 662-4678
Red Rooster Cafe The breakfast skillet rocked!
901 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 649-8100
The Tavern Grille Sit at the bar and ask for the happy hour menu from 3-7. Half price on great starters!
914 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-6669
Nic's Italian Steak & Crab House Took over 5 minutes to get a server to our table. So far, not impressed.
925 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-9626
Bocce Pizzeria The Chef's Board is excellent!
1060 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 202-3597
Adriana's Mexican Food This place is great. Totally worth the drive into cottonwood!
1124 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ — (928) 634-1466
Red Rock Cafe Simply awesome, had the chicken fried steak fresh and delicious. The very best breakfast I've had possibly ever. If you get Dee as your server you are a lucky man or woman. Enjoy!
Pago's Italian Cuisine Home-made potato chips. mmmmmmmmmmmm

Other Activities

After marveling at the historic cliff dwelling, pueblo, and well of the Sinagua, you can choose from a host of other nearby attractions which include the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, the V Bar V Heritage Site, Fort Verde, and Jerome State Park. No matter where you choose to explore, the Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will give you a chance to explore a beautiful area steeped in history and culture. Visit the park's website for more information on these nearby attractions.

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