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About 500,000 people each year visit Montezuma Castle National Monument in the Verde Valley. A recent National Park Service study says visitors nationwide have an economic impact in the billions of dollars annually. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Cortney Bennett)

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CAMP VERDE - If a study by the National Park Service is to be believed, the 500,000 people who visit Montezuma Castle National Monument's prehistoric cliff dwellings each year have a big impact on the area economy.Local officials note that roughly 15,000 people venture each year to Fort Verde State Historic Park in town.