Montezuma Castle National Monument is a cliff dwelling, not a castle. It was built by Sinagua farmers, not Aztec warriors. Apparently the early settlers didn’t credit the local Indians with the ability to construct a multi-storied building, so they attributed it to Montezuma. Education can only go so far.
There’s another dwelling near the base of the cliff—it’s pretty deteriorated now, but it originally had 6 stories and 45 rooms. They gave it the extremely romantic name of “Castle A”.
It’s fall. Beaver Creek glistens in the sunlight, and the sycamores are golden against the bright blue sky.