Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde, AZ

Today was a clean up day for us. The motorhome was a real dust bowl, so we paid our $5 fee at the Camp Verde Western Horizons Park and went to work to clean things by 8am! We washed the motorhome, the motorcycle and the car. I used my deionizer tank, since I know how hard the water is here, and my little pressure washer. I started with the roof and ended up with the tires and wheels. At least we do not have to be embarrassed with any of our vehicles any longer!

We have heard good things about Montezuma Castle and it was quite close to this park, so we decided to go there a little after 3pm. The signs in the park said the gate closes off the road at 5pm, sharp, so we lost no time in getting into the 1/3 mile paved walkway to see the castle.This national monument was a five story, twenty room pueblo, sheltered within a cave, high on a limestone cliff overlooking Beaver Creek. It was the home of the Sinagua people for many years. It was abandoned after A.D. 1400.

Next to Montezuma Castle was what they call Castle A,
which the Sinagua also occupied and that was a six story dwelling, although it is quite deteriorated.

President Roosevelt declared this site a national monument in 1906, one of the first of such sites in the country to be designated a national monument. I enjoyed this monument since the walk was quite easy, it had paved walkways and there were no ledges to walk around or look over!!!!!!

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