• Montezuma Castle's prehistoric dwelling

    Montezuma Castle

    National Monument Arizona

Things To Know Before You Come

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The four species of rattlesnakes which live within the monument prefer spending the day resting under tall grasses and bushes near the trails. However, these shy reptiles try to avoid human contact, so the chances of an encounter during your visit are slim. That is, unless you decide to wander off the trails and step on one. Which, by the way, we don't recommend.
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Did You Know?

Visitor climbs ladder to MOCA in 1946

Up until 1951 visitors climbed a series of three ladders to enter the dwelling at Montezuma Castle National Monument. That same year Interstate 17 was completed and visitation skyrocketed. Concerns for both safety and the structure (which is 90% original) led to the removal of the ladders.