Montezuma Castle National Monument, located in the Verde Valley, preserves historical cliff dwellings of the Sinagua Indians, riparian habitat (near flowing or ground water), and Montezuma Well. The five story cliff dwellings, which depict a castle, were believed to be associated with the Aztec emperor Montezuma.
This historical site, however, was actually created by the Sinagua culture over six hundred years ago, which was far before Montezuma’s time. The great cliff dwellings are surrounded by limestone, which help to sustain their preservation. Montezuma Castle National Monument lies in an ecotone, where Sonoran Desert and chaparral vegetation types come together.
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