• Montezuma Castle's prehistoric dwelling

    Montezuma Castle

    National Monument Arizona

People

Entrance to Visitor Center

Visitors today examine the history displays as they enter the Visitor Center

NPS Photo

Montezuma Castle National Monument is the story of people. The Sinagua people who built and lived here for over 300 years; the first settlers to give the dwelling the misnomer of 'Montezuma'; and the NPS personnel who cared for this dwelling all left a lasting tale to be uncovered by those of us coming later. Click on the links below to read more...

Click here to read about Frank "The Boss" Pinkley, superintendent of the Southwestern National Monuments. He often paid for stabilization work himself!

Click here to read an account (from Josh Protas' book, A Past Preserved in Stone) of the legacy of Martin and Earl Jackson, father and son. Both worked to save the Castle as custodian and archeologist.

Did You Know?

Cicada on Tree

When you hear the loud, steady humming of cicadas in the summertime it is actually male group singing, or serenading of female cicadas. Male cicadas make the sharp sound with plate-like organs on the thorax to attract a mate. They can get very loud at Montezuma Castle National Monument.