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Named after the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, Montezuma Castle is located along Beaver Creek, a major prehistoric trade route from northern Arizona.
Nobody knows if residents from up there were keeping watch on traders below, or was it simply a very nice place to live!
This settlement is is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the United States.
It's built into a deep alcove with masonry rooms added in phases.
A thick, substantial roof of sycamore beams, reeds, grasses and clay ofted served as the floor of the next roon built on top. Entrance to most areas was usually from a hole in the roof; a ladder made access easier.
The 19 rooms could have housed 35 to 40 people, conserving precious farmlands near the creek.

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