Montezuma Castle National Monument
Location: Camp Verde, AZ
Smashed Penny Machine: No
Montezuma Castle and its sister park Montezuma Well are about an hour drive south of Flagstaff. The two parts of the park are about 10 miles apart. Neither park is very large so combined they would make a good half day visit. We opted to only visit the Montezuma Castle side of the park.
Both locations are archeological sites. Montezuma Castle has a large cliff dwelling you can view. You are not allowed up into the cliff dwelling but there are great views of it from the trail. The trail is a very easy and paved 1/3 mile. It makes a loop along the cliff base with views of the pueblo ruins. Most the trail is under the shade of the trees making the trail easy to walk even in the heat of the day.
The park also has a small museum that gives more detail on how people lived in the cliff dwellings. There is also a small gift shop. The day we visited a local Native American man was playing traditional flute music. Between the short hike and completing Jr Ranger books the stop took us under an hour.
Overall: Montezuma Castle is an easy stop and fairly close to several bigger vacation destinations. I would not make a trip out-of-the-way for this site. If you are in the Flagstaff/Sedona area, the national monument is a good way to spend a few hours.