The castles of Arizona


This castle Is named “Tovrea at Carrero heights”

This castle is also known as the wedding cake. Built in the 1920’s and in a secluded area of 44 acres. It stands up four stories and is a very popular place for weddings. Tours sell out a month in advance. This castle is in Phoenix and was part of a resort, now part of the parks system. Visitors are allowed to tour the area, you can go inside but are limited to view some of the interior, so if you want to do a real thorough exploration, call this number 1-602-256-2221, and ask about tickets etc, etc.

Next up is the Mystery castle

The Mystery castle was made with love

A sad story, about a dying man named Boyce Luther Gulley. He found out he had Tuberculosis and decided to go to the desert and build this castle for his wife and daughter in the 1920’s. He spent his remaining years building this castle. His wife and daughter had no idea about this and didn’t find out until 1945, after his death and they inherited it! Tours run from October to May.

Camelback Castle

Also known as “Copenhaver”and made from the stone source from the Mtn.

This castle was built in the 1960’s-70’s by a Phoenix orthodontist.They have plans of renovation and will have tours. Looks like a nice place to check out!

El cid castle

Built in 1963-1980

This castle comes with an interesting story behind it. Built in Sunnyslope, Az by Dr. Kenneth E.Hall. The dr. Operated the North mountain hospital and liked to be called “King of Sunnyslope” and his hospital even had a primate zoo! Wow! The castle was meant as a huge bowling alley and recreation area. Sad part is the money used to build it was used from the Medicare fraud, so he had to sell it to settle his malpractice suit. Dr Hall died in 2001 at 80.

The building was bought by theState of Arizona for the Department of Economic security office. It is located in Sunnyslope in Phoenix on the corner of 19th ave and west Cholla Dr.

The Mollahan castle

Sweet !

This castle is used for weddings, parties, vacation retreats, and other social events and is located at 1939 W. Mollohan Dr. in Tucson, az

You can call them at 1-520-878-6467

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Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!

Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!

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Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!

Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!

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Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!

If you are interested in some awesome places to take your family and explore, these are mind blowing National monuments! In fact, I recently went to one of them. Here is a list for you, enjoy!

Montezuma Castle National monument , this National monument was referred as “ a place of the greatest ecological valve and scientific interest” by President Roosevelt. It is an easy walk around loop and it is wheelchair accessible. Plus, information is available all around, even names all the plants, and explains what is edible and what the Natives ate in the area. There is no shortage of information at this beautiful National Monument!

Montezuma National monument is stunning to see and is an easy trail that anyone can walk!

Next up is Walnut Canyon National monument.

Walnut National monument, is a must see!

ThIs is a real treat for families with kids, and anyone interested in archaeology and people who love cliff dwellings, such as myself! The steps are all in great shape, about 270 steps down and about 1000 steps back out, so basically, it is strenuous with 185 vertical ft into the canyon. If you don’t want to do the strenuous trail, you can always check it out from above. Make sure to bring a lot of water!

Now this next one, is just awesome!

Sunset Crater National Monument

Yes, a volcano in Arizona!


A lot of people have no idea that Arizona has a volcano that last erupted about 900 years ago.At this National monument has several trail options for you and you will have a ton of fun walking on dry lava. American pronghorn elk and mule deer are often seen walking around and many different kinds of birds fly there for birdwatcher enthusiasts! Look for the big blue birds with black cap !

Next up is this very photogenic place in the north area of Utah and Arizona border!

Vermillion Cliffs National monument, this place resembles ocean waves, famously Known as Coyote buttes north, The wave, takes six miles to get to!And you must obtain a permit by the U.S Bureau of land Management and only 20 people are allowed inside the wave! Hundreds of people, including photographers try their luck to get to “the wave” Well known by hikers are always looking to get to the wave as their is a daily lottery that picks the twenty people allowed in!



Last but not least, Wupatki National monument

Before heading to the Grand Canyon, this is a really great ancient Pueblo, considered the largest, with about 100 rooms. It has 1/2 mile loop that begins at the visitor center and is way out! Here, you and your family , or just you can learn about the Wukoki people who lived there over 800 years ago! They have what is called “The crack in the rock” hiking that is a strenuous two day hike that takes you deep into this National monument, if you want to try. These hikes are lead by Wupatki rangers and volunteer guides.

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San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it

San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it

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San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it

San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it

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San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it

Behind the town of San Manuel, is a great escape and beautiful scenery along with cacti and rolling hills!

San Manuel was built in 1953 by Del E.Webb construction company. It’s purpose was to serve the SanManuel mine and mill and smelter complex. Unfortunately, copper prices fell in the late 1990’s.

San Manuel is a gateway into the Arizona trail, zip lining, peppersauce camping, and has a cave As well. If you love to check out caves. Also, Biosphere 2. There is also a OHV rental business in San Manuel.

If you love off-reading, you must try all the different trails near and around San Manuel! There is definitely no shortage of trails out there!!!!

From Salt-N-Pepper, fill up your tank and head S on Veterans memorial street, go all the way down , before it curves left and turn right onto this primitive road !

The scenery is spectacular! You will feel very free out there! And escape all your worries as you see the hills and trails are everywhere!You can go dirt biking or just go OHV! And there are no fees to camp, if you can handle the cold temps in Winter and hot temps in Summer!

You will find plenty of trails out there!
Everywhere you go , is a turn off to a different trail. In Winter you will see the Gailuro Mts. With snow on them, and see Saguaro cacti!

So, if you really want to have a blast, go out to San Manuel,rent an OHV and just drive and explore! Tell them Vanessa with Desertexplorations sent you!

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