Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Badly named as this cliff-dwelling is not a castle and has nothing to do with Montezuma, there are nevertheless those who claim it’s haunted. However, it appears people think it is haunted just because something this old *has to be* haunted, as there are no actual credible reports of what precisely the haunting is.

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    Geographic Information

    2800 N Montezuma Castle Hwy
    Camp Verde, AZ 86322
    United States

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    34.6121484, -111.84265740000001
    Yavapai County, Arizona
    Nearest Towns:
    Camp Verde, AZ (3.4 mi.)
    Lake Montezuma, AZ (3.9 mi.)
    Cornville, AZ (8.6 mi.)
    Verde Village, AZ (11.8 mi.)
    Big Park, AZ (12.5 mi.)
    Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ (12.5 mi.)
    Cottonwood, AZ (12.9 mi.)
    Clarkdale, AZ (16.4 mi.)
    West Sedona, AZ (17.8 mi.)
    Jerome, AZ (18.1 mi.)


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    1. My Husband and I visited this place today. He claims to have felt a cold spot as we walked along the path near the ‘neighbors next door’ area. It’s a warm day with a warm breeze. He said he felt like a cold heavy breeze or cold spot pass right through his legs. Paranormal? Who knows. But interesting.

      • I had goosebumps and I was yawning the whole time I was there. First I had a sensation of extreme happiness and peace, later on I felt emotional, felt like crying. As son as I left it all went away. I’m positive what I felt was the presence of spirits.

    2. My family visited here back in the late 70’s andthere was nadda, nothing, No hint or rumor of hauntings. I suspect a lot of it comes from the very alien nature of the location and the buildings. It makes people ill at ease and so they ‘have’ to think ‘ghost.’

    3. The Montezuma Castle was built into the side of a cliff face because the people in the area were “Man Corn” to flesh eating giant Anasazi who ate people. These people left their homes at places like Chaco and moved to the cliffs risking the lives of the elderly, woman, and children scaling up 100 feet of primitive rope ladders to protect themselves in an area with no natural predators in the area to warrant such risks. Learn more by reading the book, “Legends of the Verde Valley” available at Amazon or visit

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      My daughter took several pictures by the river looking up at the trees. She said there was some where’d spots on the image. When we developed the pictures the spots turned out to be some figures that gave me goose bumps. We never went back.

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