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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

1. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Helicopter or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

2. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

3. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Canyon Rail Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel lobby at 6 AM the morning of the tour from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Travel deep into the famous Verde Valley for your first stop at Montezuma Castle. This wonderous Native American delight is one of the most highly preserved monuments in the USA. Spend 40 minutes here and walk the grounds of this relic as you learn about its rich history. Then, head to the 2nd monument of Tuzigoot which was constructed by the same local Sinagua tribe as Montezuma Castle. Spend another 40 minutes here and walk around the grounds of the 40-room fortress.  Next, continue on to the historic copper mining town of Jerome where you can gaze upon the spectacular views of the Verde Valley down below. Spend about 1 hour walking around marveling at this well-preserved town which takes you back to the heyday of mining in the 1920s.  Finally, be taken to the depot for the grand finale of the tour - the historic Verde Valley Railroad. Board this iconic sightseeing train, traveling first class, at 1 PM. In the first-class cabin, enjoy a luxurious glass of champagne, sandwich, and chicken wing bar. Experience the Redrock sights and the local history shared by the narrator during a 3.5-hour train ride. Keep your eyes peeled for mines and Native American ruins. Return at around 4:30 PM and head straight back to your hotel.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

4. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

Get picked up at 8 AM from your hotel in Scottsdale or Phoenix. From there, drive to Montezuma Castle in a private SUV or Van. Detailed narration of all the historical sites and areas along the way will be provided. Spend roughly 40 minutes walking around the Native American monument. From here, go to another prevalent Native American monument, Tuzigoot. Spend about 30 minutes exploring this great wonder. Continue to the historical mining town of Jerome. Here you will have time to discover this great town in Arizona for approximately 1 hour. Then, head to Sedona to have lunch in the uptown area. After lunch, enjoy time to walk around the downtown area of Sedona for 1 more hour. Hit some great red rock photo stops on the way out of town. Finally, be driven back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off around 6 PM.

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What people are saying about Montezuma Castle National Monument

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

The guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were 13 of us on the trip. We were not picked up at our hotel, but took a lift to a nearby hotel. It was a hot day, but we had a wonderful time. I would recommend a tour rather than trying to do this on your own. Sedona, Montezuma's Castle, Tuzigoot and the Chapel of the Holy Cross were a wonderful experience. It's an early morning, but well worth the time.

We had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some great information. I just wish we could have been to one of the actual vortex sites.

The guide was on time, kind, hilarious, informative, took awesome pictures, and made sure we were all safe. Loved the trip ❤️

Aldo was amazing! The trip was amazing! Had a fun day! Thanks

Sam is a very goof tour guide. We enjoy the trip very much!