Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument encompasses 826 acres and lies in the Verde Valley at the junction of the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range physiographic provinces. The monument contains numerous species of plants that have adapted to life in an arid environment, and, due to the micro-habitats provided by the riparian corridors, also hosts populations of moisture-loving plants. Tall, large-leaved mesic species of trees, provide a stark contrast to the xeric species found on neighboring lands. The unique aquatic habitat found in Montezuma Well, a collapsed limestone sinkhole, contains organisms found nowhere else in the world that have evolved in response to the unique mineralization of the water.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is also part of the American Southwest Virtual Museum, a digital repository of photographs, maps, information, and virtual tours.