May 12, 2016
Montezuma Castle is a five-story, 20-room dwelling built by the Southern Sinagua farmers sometime between 1100 and 1300. This is 100 feet above the valley and was assumed by early American settlers to be of Aztec origin hence the name Montezuma Castle.
An owl is sitting in this small cave above the ruins. According to the Ranger other owls bring food while this one sits and protects.
For Cindy and Norma, my bee keeper friends, this is a swarm of bee’s high up on the cliff.
A short distance from Montezuma Castle is a different structure.
Next up on this visit in the Verde Valley is Montezuma Well. It is a limestone sink formed long ago, still fed by continuously flowing springs. For those that hear there is nothing here but a lake and not worth the time of a visit I caution you to always visit a site for yourself. I found ruins that date back to about 1050 and there are traces of Indian homes and irrigation everywhere.
Notice that just below the viewing point for Montezuma Well are a couple of ruins.
Another roadside oddity found in Verde Valley