Montezuma Castle, Las Vegas, New Mexico


Not to be confused with Arizona's National Monument of the same name, Montezuma Castle in Las Vegas, New Mexico is a historic property dating back to 1881 (although it burned down twice – first in 1884 and then in 1885 just months after being rebuilt). 


Originally serving as a luxurious resort – it was the first building in the South West to have electricity and an elevator – it has had a number of owners over the years but has been under the same stewardship since 1981 when it was bought by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer as the site of the new campus of the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West, now known as UWC‑USA.


The castle was restored in 2001 “with the help of philanthropist Shelby Davis. It now houses the school’s dining room, student center, two dormitories, classrooms, and some administrative offices”.



Contact Montezuma Castle, Las Vegas, New Mexico

UWC USA Website


Mailing Address:  United World College-USA
PO BOX 248
Montezuma, NM 87731


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