MONTEZUMA CAS­TLE NA­TIONAL MON­U­MENT

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Pre­his­toric Si­nagua peo­ple are said to have be­gun con­struct­ing the five-story, 20-room cliff­side res­i­dence called Montezuma Cas­tle in the 12th cen­tury; the ru­ins they left be­hind, in a re­cess 100 feet above ground, are still im­pres­sive by 21st-cen­tury stan­dards. Af­ter self-guided gaz­ing from a paved path, get back in the car and drive to the ge­o­logic and cul­tural cu­rios­ity of nearby Montezuma Well. The nat­u­ral well has roots in the an­cient Lake Verde, is neigh­bored by ad­di­tional cliff­side res­i­dences, and sup­ports more than 100 kinds of in­ver­te­brates—four of which are found nowhere else in the world. Cas­tle: I-17 exit 289 from I-17, Camp Verde, 928.567.3322; Well: I-17 exit 293, Rim­rock, 928.567.4521. www.nps.gov/moca

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