Arizona April 20, 2019
The Hidden Castle In Arizona That Almost No One Knows About
Surprisingly, Arizona is home to quite a few castles. Some are privately owned while others offer tours or even allow the public to stay overnight, but few of them are secret. This mysterious castle hiding on Camelback Mountain is one-of-a-kind because almost no one knows it exists. See for yourself:
Look very closely, and you’ll see a section of Camelback Mountain that doesn’t quite resemble the rest. That’s because it’s actually a castle, built over 50 years ago from the very same rock surrounding it.
Drive up this winding desert road to see this hidden palace firsthand.
Nestled high above Tucson, the castle was constructed by Dr. Mort Copenhaver, a wealthy orthodontist who had always dreamed of living in a medieval fortress. The 7,000-square-foot structure is eight stories high and features 20 rooms, a dungeon, 10 balconies, and a 17-foot waterfall in the living room.
In traditional castle fashion, it also boasts a drawbridge and moat.
Unfortunately, Copenhaver lost the castle in 1988 due to bankruptcy. Its next owner met a similar fate, leading locals to suggest the property is cursed. For the next seven years, not a single offer was made for fear of financial downfall.
Everyone thought the castle would be left to decay forever until Robert Pazcerka finally purchased it 25 years later. Pazcerka plans to keep the exterior as is and dedicate $5 million to refurbishing the interior.
You’ll find the castle at 5050 E Red Rock Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85018. As it is private property, please respect the owner by appreciating it from the road - you’ll still have an incredible view!
Check out this epic drone footage of the castle captured by
Did you know about this hidden castle? What’s your favorite castle in Arizona? Here are some of ours:
8 Amazing Castles Hiding In Arizona.