Let's Go Places in Arizona: Montezuma Castle is an up-close look at history

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. - Just two miles east of the I-17 in Camp Verde, you'll find a beautiful oasis!

Beaver Creek winds its way through the desert bringing life wherever it goes, and that includes the Sinagua Indian people, who built quite a masterpiece.

You can't see it from the road, but nestled into the side of a limestone cliff may be one of the most preserved ancient dwellings in North America: Montezuma Castle.

Built over 70 feet above the ground, this five-story castle has 20 rooms. 

It's also easy to get to. You can easily walk the short paved trail that leads right to the ruins and then loops back along the creek.

If you have time, check out Montezuma well. Just seven miles away, you'll find a flooded limestone sinkhole 55 feet deep. Underground springs maintain the water level at the picturesque lake, and more ancient dwellings can be seen along the canyon walls.

Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, these national monuments were protected in 1906, so the beautiful sites can be enjoyed for generations to come.

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