Getting to Montezuma Castle National Monument

Open every day of the year from 8am to 5pm besides Christmas Day, Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the Southwestern United States’ most visited national monuments. An incredibly well preserved prehistoric structure, these fascinating cave dwellings are well worth a visit. Read on to learn how to access Montezuma Castle National Monument. 

By Car 

Montezuma Castle National Monument is easily accessible by car. The monument is located an hour and a half north of Phoenix and 45 minutes south of Flagstaff. Simply follow I-17 and get off at exit 289. From there, continue east through two traffic circles and then turn left at the flashing red stop light onto Montezuma Castle Road. 

On Foot

Once you arrive at Montezuma Castle National Monument, there is a short, half-mile paved trail which begins at the visitor center and leads around the base of the cliff’s ruins. 

By Plane

The Phoenix, Sedona, and Flagstaff airports are the major airports closest to Montezuma Castle National Monument. Rimrock Airport is the closest to the monument, though it’s a much more minor private airport with fewer available flights. If you plan to arrive by plane, it’s best to then hop on a bus or drive yourself to Montezuma Castle National Monument.