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No, retired Marines. This place has nothing to do with your hymn’s Halls of Montezuma. And for other senior travelers who’ve eaten bad food from an ethnic food cart, it isn’t Montezuma’s revenge.

A thousand years ago, cliff-dwelling Native Americans lived in these high-rise primitive condos, that were hollowed out over eons by Mother Nature. Montezuma Castle was named by early European explorers, who mistakenly thought it was the home of the historic Mexican emperor.

A National Park Service area, Montezuma Castle is located along Beaver Creek in Camp Verde, off Highway I-17, about 45 minutes south of Flagstaff and 90 minutes north of Phoenix. For visitor and other info, go to www.nps.gov/moca

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