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The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Arizona National Monument Will Give You The Chills

There’s no questioning the violent history Arizona has had over the centuries. It’s been documented in written form ever since Spaniards began traveling north into Arizona’s vast deserts clad in their heavy Conquistador armor. And while a great number of atrocities have occurred in the centuries since then, Indigenous oral histories and archaeological evidence suggest the threat of violence was nothing new for societies living in the area.

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located just outside of Camp Verde, off Interstate 17. You can find details about visiting the monument by checking out their website with the National Park Service.

You can learn about the violent underreported history of another Arizona location, at Aravaipa Canyon. Read about the tragic Camp Grant Massacre in This Place In Arizona Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at mspencer@onlyinyourstate.com.