Montezuma Castle National Monument
The Sinagua (without water) Indians began building and living in these cliff dwellings about 900 years ago. The lowermost part of the dwelling sits about 100 feet off the valley floor. Early settlers in the area were amazed by the structures and assumed it was Aztec. They were wrong of course, but the name stuck. The dwelling in the photo is 5-stories and has about 20 rooms. The people living in it scaled the cliff with ladders that could be removed for protection. There is a very nice stream flowing in the valley. My wife and I were both shocked when we turned a corner on the trail and spotted the "castle." Photographs don't do this place justice. It was amazing.