Montezuma Castle Trail

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Located 3.4 miles from Camp Verde, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
605 Steps 1  (0.3 mi)

The Montezuma Castle Trail is a short, level and paved trail that begins at the visitor center and passes the castle ruins. There are several information boards along the trail, each providing educational literature about the monument and the ancient Sinagua Indians who settled here and built the dwelling. Montezuma Castle is located 90 ft up a limestone cliff in an alcove that shields the dwelling from the elements.

Montezuma Castle Trail


The Montezuma Castle Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,189 ft (972 m), a minimum elevation of 3,158 ft (962 m), and an elevation range of 31 ft (9 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6050.3 mi3,158 ft3,189 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
7 min2.834 ft53 ft
[ B to A ]
7 min4.453 ft34 ft

What is the length of the Montezuma Castle Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) or 605 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Montezuma Castle Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 7 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 7 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Montezuma Castle Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Montezuma Castle National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Cornville, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Lake Montezuma, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Casner Butte, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Middle Verde, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Camp Verde, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Walker Mountain, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Arnold Mesa, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Horner Mountain, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hackberry Mountain, AZ

Is there a Montezuma Castle trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Montezuma Castle Trail is located on the Camp Verde topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.