The name 'Montezuma Castle' was mistakenly attributed to the Aztec god by American settlers in the 1860s. In fact, the grounds were abandoned by the Singua people 100 years before Montezuma was born. But the name stuck.
We went through the Visitor's Center and .3 miles down the walkway to the back side of the cliff and saw the castle. Pretty remarkable cliff dwellings.
The Singua people, northern Arizona cousins of the Hohokam, built these prehistoric dwellings (circa 1400 A.D.) near the Beaver Creek. Rooms here were thought to be as large as able to accommodate 45-50 people.
It was quite an impressive area and one that our family came to see on a day trip back in the 1960's. As an 8 or 9 year old, I don't remember too much about it except we used to have some black and white photographs of it.
On the walk back to the Visitor Center, we stopped in and looked around the displays which we always try to do.
Then we were off to see the Montezuma Well which was another 15 minutes down the road. This display was a self-guided walk of about a mile to the well and the river on the other side of the hill.
This unique site is where 1.5 million gallons of water emerge each day from an underground spring. The pool of water that is created is about 10 times that amount. In the underside of the cliff wall, you can see more cliff dwellings and what is thought to be almost 50 rooms that were inhabited by the Singua peoples.
The National Park Service and volunteers have done a good job in this area of depicting an explanation of history and sure make it easy for tourists like us to enjoy another great outing!
Thanks for joining us today on some of Montezuma's? old stomping grounds.