Just in range for a long day trip from Tucson, Montezuma Castle National Monument preserves cliff dwellings from around 1100- 1425 AD. The name is a holdover from the initial non-native settlers who figured it was a castle built by Montezuma, but research indicates neither aspect was factual. Access to the structures themselves has been restricted since the 1950’s due to rampant vandalism and theft up to that point, however this des not detract at all from the experience. To walk down a pathway, round a corner, and look up to see adobe walls filling a hole in a cliff as they have done for nearly 1000 years in and of itself provides sufficient grounds to reflect on both why it was built and why it was deserted.
A few miles away are the affiliated Montezuma Well and the separate Tuzigoot National Monument, both of which have ties to and from Montezuma Castle.