Montezuma Well, AZPrint Full | Basic
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 North Camp
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
Difficulty 0.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 0.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,601 feet
Interest Ruins
Author HAZ Hikebot
Descriptions 12,261
Routes 10,412
Photos 17
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
Age 18
Location Arizona
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Coconino
NPS Montezuma Castle NM
Backpack - No
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
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Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument located approximately 11 miles from the park. Take Exit 293 from I-17 and drive four miles. No entrance fee is charged. There is a one-third mile loop trail that is not recommended for wheelchair use. A lush, shaded picnic area is also located at the Well.

Montezuma Well is a limestone sink formed long ago by the collapse of an immense underground cavern. Over one and a half million gallons of water a day flow continuously, providing a lush, verdant oasis in the midst of surrounding desert grassland. The waters of the well contain several forms of plant and animal life not found in any other waters of the world. This unique habitat is perhaps due to the constant input of large quantities of warm water that enter through underground springs, keeping the environment within the well very stable.

Prehistoric Hohokam and Sinaguan cultures took advantage of this source of water by irrigating crops of corn, beans, squash, and cotton. The rich riparian and surrounding uplands provided wildlife and native plants to supplement the agricultural products. Visitors to the site can still see traces of ancient lime encrusted irrigation ditches from past farming activity.

    Directions Preferred Months Mar Apr Oct Nov
    Preferred StartAny Sunrise7:27am Sunset5:54pm
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    Fees / Permit

    National Park
    Montezuma Castle - $5.00 each (16 and older) (good for seven days) Fee Information
    Montezuma Well - no fee

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    Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument located approximately 11 miles from the park. Take Exit 293 from I-17 and drive four miles. No entrance fee is charged
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