Montezuma Castle National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Way Up / Construction Sequence
The Way Up
How in the world do you build a structure large enough to house 35 people high up on a steep canyon wall? Sound impossible? Here’s how Montezuma Castle’s ingenious Sinagua farmers managed it.
1. Limestone ledges and caves before the castle was built.
2. First construction; a six-room unit (3rd floor).
3. Small room added at west (left) end; one room built on next (4th) floor.
4. Fourth floor expanded. Two rooms built in small cave (2nd floor).
5. Parapet and two rooms built at top (5th floor); three small rooms at front (1st, 2nd floors).
6. Three stacked rooms formed the central “tower” (1st, 2nd, 3rd floors). Small storage rooms may have been built earlier.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 34° 36.71′ N, 111° 50.514′ W. Marker is in Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Touch for map. Markers are along the walking trail leading from the Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Community (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures (within shouting distance of this marker); The People Next Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to The Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Macaw Pen Stone? (about 600 feet away); Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape (approx. 2.7 miles away); Chaves Historic Trail (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Also see . . . Montezuma Castle National Monument. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.