Montezuma Castle National Monument (Camp Verde, Arizona)
Imagine your apartments right smack against a limestone cliff! This community was built about 800 years ago… talk about ingenuity for a desert backdrop! This morning, we’re in Camp Verde, AZ visiting the Montezuma Castle National Monument before going up to Williams, AZ where we look forward to Bearizona.
2800 N Montezuma Castle Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Mostly Sunny – High 82°
National Park Services
35.5 miles one-way from Quail Ridge RV Park
We purchase our Annual National Parks pass for $80. The pass pays for the $5/per person entrance fee. Within only 100 yards from the visitor center, you follow the trail to Montezuma Castle.
50 feet up on the cliff, it was documented that about 50 people made the rooms on 5 floors of the castle their home.
Cliff Swallow nests line the cliffside with these mud-pellet dwellings. These birds seem to build sturdy homesteads by gathering mud from the creek and paste together hundreds of tiny round mud pellets to shape their nests. But none are to be found here in November as they migrate as far as Brazil or Argentina for the winter.
Honeycombs but no bees? They stay inside the comb to keep the queen warm during the winter.
Can you spot the single songbird? It was hard to spot this little Canyon Wren feeding in the narrow rock crevices since his brown body, white throat blends so well with its surroundings. “The Canyon Wren is not known to drink water. It probably gets all the water it needs from its insect prey.” –AllAboutBirds.org
What an enchanting walk under the canopy of Arizona Sycamores.