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Date: April 7, 2011
Contact: Ed Cummins, 928-567-3322 x227

National Park Service News Release


April 7, 2011


Contacts: Ed Cummins, Montezuma Castle National Monument, 928-567-3322 ext. 227, e-mail us

Elise Cleva, NPS Headquarters, 202-208-6843, e-mail us



Montezuma Castle National Monument

This week’s National Park Getaway


Camp Verde, Ariz. This week, come on a vicarious journey with the National Park Getaway series of travel articles ( and marvel at the lushness of Arizona. If it sounds preposterous—an invitation to check out water and plants in the desert Southwest—trust that this paradox, like others, has truth at its core. Or, even better, don’t treat the concept of green in Arizona as a paradox at all. Rather, free yourself of the stereotypical perception of the state as a sun-blasted, cactus-barbed, sandy expanse, and learn about one of the other landscapes encompassed by Arizona’s borders.


At Montezuma Castle National Monument, located north of Phoenix and in the center of the state, the Arizona scenery features trees and shrubs, lime-colored foliage along the bank of a running creek, and another, stiller, body of water, which forms the second of two components of the park, located 11 miles from each other. Take a look at the Getaway article to learn more about this lake-like feature through words and images.


As the name of the national park suggests, the landscape here includes manmade as well as natural points of interest. Once again, folks will find stereotypes upended—this time by a castle, which, though without turret, moat, or drawbridge, is nonetheless regal. See the National Park Service homepage,, for a clear vie w of this breathtaking structure that emerges from a limestone cliff. Then, read about the prehistoric, 12th-century building in the Getaway.     


Also, while you’re on, remember that you’re just a click away from the archive of previous Getaway articles, and check out some of the national parks we’ve featured in the past.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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