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Mystery Castle

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Comfortable, clean with 1910 era charm

We stayed in the 2nd floor, 2 BR, 1 BA unit. While the stairs are a little tricky to maneuver with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Phoenix, Arizona
Unusual site

You really must see this amazing place built with all "gathered" or donated items. There is no air... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Commerce City, Colorado
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Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is made of stone, adobe, automobile parts and petroglyphs and is held together by a cement mixture including goat's milk. Take a tour - usually led by the...more
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800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8341
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+1 602-268-1581
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Reviewed yesterday

We stayed in the 2nd floor, 2 BR, 1 BA unit. While the stairs are a little tricky to maneuver with suitcases, my 83 year old mother managed okay while holding onto the rails. Both beds were very comfortable. Cozy living room with electric fireplace/heater....More

Thank phoenixtraveler0
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a native, I've been here a few times and soooo very interesting! You have to come here for the story as well as for her home. (Look it up) I made it when she was still living in her 90's. I understand she passed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really must see this amazing place built with all "gathered" or donated items. There is no air conditioning so if you are there in hot weather, be prepared.

Thank rkmstruwe5
Reviewed August 29, 2018

A very interesting about the construction of the Mystery Castle! All the free material of the times that the builder was able to get and his idea of the design. Concrete floors so they just need to be hosed down. A lot of modern ideas...More

Thank MickeyAZ
Reviewed July 25, 2018

I haven't been here for years, but when family come to visit, it's always on our list. We have never had anyone disappointed in this attraction.

Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Not so sure how many people know about this place, but it should be widely known. Check the hours ahead of time because it is a bit away. There is an entrance fee. Tours are done all day and you jump right in wherever they...More

1  Thank Andrea G
Reviewed June 28, 2018

I really enjoyed the tour of the home by the daughter before she passed away. Well worth the visit for a place to get a touch of the unusual!

1  Thank Deborah P
Reviewed June 18, 2018

I don't know why they call it the Mystery castle, but it still is a very cool place. The history behind the house is amazing. The guy built this from recycled materials going back almost 100 years. They have tour guides that are very good...More

1  Thank Terry A
Reviewed June 5, 2018

We visited this and really enjoyed it ! Not only the story that goes along with it, but the uniqueness and the imagination the builder had when building this for his daughter ! He used everything possible using mostly recycled materials .... quite a mind...More

2  Thank buckoandme
Reviewed June 3, 2018

The place is really neat with a lot of good ideas for design. The guide was very informative but putting some humor into the tour would make it so much better. It’s 10$ cash to get in so stop at the atm on the way.

1  Thank _robertmcclung
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Should be open now, from their website: HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - We will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal tour days and hours on Friday, November 24. We will be open December 24 and... More