Indiana Jones and Laura Croft may be fictional characters but we know of a few spots that'll make you feel like a real explorer. There are many ruins in Arizona filled with ancient cliff dwellings and houses that you should see at least once in your life. Plus, it will make for a great trip with friends.

Many of the ancient dwellings below allow you to get a glimpse into the past. For example, Montezuma Castle was one of four sites to be deemed a National Monument because of its historical and cultural significance. 

For many years, it was open to the public but due to an excessive amount of damage, the ruins are only available to see from a distance.

They were built by the Sinagua people between 1100 and 1425 CE. Many of these ruins will make the history buff within you very happy and you can even see a few of them up-close. 

Montezuma Castle

Price: $10 per person aged 16 years and older

Address: Camp Verde, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This historical site is filled with cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, and pit houses. 

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Canyon de Chelly

Price: Free

Address: Chinle, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This site was occupied for almost 4,000 years before the Puebloans left in the mid-1300s for better farmland. 

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Tonto National Monument

Price: $10 per person

Address: 26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2, Roosevelt, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You can walk through these ruins for a weekday trip with friends. 

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Palatki Heritage Site

Price: Red Rock Pass $5 per person

Address: Forest Road 795 Sedona, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This dwelling also has beautiful rock art from 1150 to 1350 A.D. Plus, there are three different trails you can explore. 

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Kinishba Ruins

Price: Admission included in museum fee of $5 per person

Address: 127 Scout Street, Fort Apache, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You can tour the museum and then visit the ruins before you go. It's a 400-500 room Mongollon great house presumably built between 1250 and 1350 A.D. 

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Tuzigoot National Monument

Price: $10 per person aged 16 years and older

Address: 25 Tuzigoot Rd, Clarkdale, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This hilltop village was built by Sinagua people around 1000 A.D. The 110 room house also included second and three-story structures. 

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Wupatki National Monument

Price: $25 per vehicle 

Address: 25137 N Wupatki Ln, Flagstaff, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You can sign up for an overnight backpacking trip to explore the park and see rock art and ancient architecture not open to the public. 

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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Price: $15 per person

Address: 3 Walnut Canyon Rd, Flagstaff, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: A prehistoric culture known as Sinagua occupied this region from 600 A.D. to about the 1400s. 

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Navajo National Monument

Price: Free

Address: Shonto, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: This site has some of the most preserved dwellings in the state. The ruins were occupied approximately between 1250 to 1300 A.D. 

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