Welcome to The Castle

Welcome to The Castle (HMRBZ)

Location: Camp Verde, AZ 86322 Yavapai County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 36.718', W 111° 50.463'

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Pause a few moments to enjoy this view of Montezuma Castle. Don't you suppose it must have stopped the settlers and soldiers who first saw the cliff-dwelling over a century ago?

The odd name came from a mistaken belief that the cliff-dwelling was a castle Aztec refugees had built for their emperor. We know now that Montezuma never strayed this far north from his home in Mexico, but the name has stuck.

Why did a community of prehistoric farmers choose this particular alcove high in the north wall of Beaver Creek for their home? For protection from the elements? The benefits of day-long solar heat afforded by its southern exposure? Defensibility against intruders? Tradition? The view? Or perhaps a combination of these theories?
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 12:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 422891 N 3830334
Decimal Degrees34.61196667, -111.84105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.718', W 111° 50.463'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 43.08" N, 111° 50' 27.78" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3-19 Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde AZ 86322, US
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