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Near Camp Verde in north central Arizona there is a remarkably well-preserved example of a Native American cliff dwelling. Montezuma's Castle National Monument is situated in a white rock canyon area surrounded by sycamore trees and not far from Beaver Creek.
Montezuma's Castle (so named by the early settlers of the area who mistook the dwelling as Aztecan) was a five-story, 20-room abode the Sinaguan (Spanish for "without water") Indians inhabited around the 12th century A.D. It stands in a cliff recess about 100 feet above the valley.
The Castle contained living and storage areas, and was probably a very safe place to live. It has withstood the ravages of time and climate for over 600 years. It is unclear why the Sinaguans abandoned their home; probably due to weather changes or conflicts with their neighbors. At any rate, Montezuma's Castle stands as an enduring monument to their lives and ingenuity.
This is the lovely Beaver Creek area at the foot of Montezuma's Castle.

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