Montezuma Castle National Monument is an interesting example of 'Indian' architecture in the southwest. Most Europeans think all indians lived in tents and roamed the prairies hunting for buffalo. Montezuma castle dates from the twelfth century and was built by the Sinagua indians.
The castle has twenty rooms in five stories. It was built in the face of a cliff next to Beaver Creek. Of course, Montezuma never saw the castle, he was born a century after it was built.
Only seven miles northeast of the castle lays Montezuma Well, a sink hole surrounded by dwellings along the water's edge. The lake is fed by underground springs, it is the home of a colony of green tutles. The indians used the lakes water to irrigate their fields.
More scenery along upper Clear Creek.
Beautiful and varied vistas along the upper creek, which extends WAY further than I wanted to explore.Related to:
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Have a picnic
There are a few picnic tables inside the park. The town of Camp Verde is nearby in case you have forgotten some of your picnicking needs.Related to:
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340 North Goswick Way, Camp Verde, Arizona, 86322-7706, United States
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1640 West Highway 260, I-17, Exit 287, Camp Verde, Arizona, 86322, United States
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