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The Best Hikes in Montezuma Castle National Monument

89 Triplog Reviews in the Montezuma Castle National Monument National Park
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0.72 mi • 0 ft aeg
Short walk with family on Father's Day. First time visiting the Well...very cool place. The hiking is minimal, but the site is pretty cool. My wife and her father have visited numerous times. In fact, my wife use to play in the water channel exiting the Well years....years ago, when she was in Girl Scouts. We weren't able to walk down Swallet Trail (to the interior of the Well) because a colony of bats had moved into one of the caves and the Park was trying to protect them. Still, a very neat place to visit.
0.8 mi • 20 ft aeg
On our typical trips to Utah, we have such a long drive that we don't consider stopping to explore along the way. This time though, we scheduled a layover in Kanab, so had a little more freedom in our schedule. And, with an America the Beautiful Pass in hand, making some pitstops along the way was in order. First up was Montezuma Castle. It's been close to 20 years since I visited last. Not much has changed. Spent about an hour and did the walking loop. I had forgotten that "Castle A," which is next door to the ruin typically associated with this monument was much larger and would have been very impressive, but since it was not located in the protected alcove, it deteriorated much more quickly, leaving behind only some wall remains. Good times.
0.89 mi • 164 ft aeg
My first trip to Rimrock, AZ. It's amazing how much fun you can have on these little micro adventures. After we left the Well, we drove about 25 miles on 260E toward Strawberry. I am REALLY looking forward to exploring this region. We stopped off at the Clear Creek Campground area to stick our feet in the water and just listen to the water babble.
0.33 mi • 20 ft aeg
After spending a couple of days in Sedona we stopped at Montezuma Castle on the way back to the Valley. My wife found the castle very fascinating. We spent a considerable amount of time scouring the cavates next to the castle for rock walls and watching an art class paint portraits of the castle. Early on a Saturday morning the place was virtually empty.
1.3 mi • 50 ft aeg
Attended a Photo Walk held by a Camera Club I belong to.

Since we had Rainy Weather the Day before, I thought it might be Cool to head up Early for Sunrise...Well...Maybe Not... :sl: I had to cut my Speed in half, in Spots along I-17...No Colorful Sunrise, but the Clouds and Fog kept me entertained around Camp Verde until it was Time to Meet Up with the Others.... :D Luckily, I didn't get Rained on or I would have just taken a Nap in the Escape... :sweat:

Met up with some Friends and other Photographers at the Well. Spent probably 3 Hours Shooting that Area every which way but Loose... :lol: After we were done, we went down to the Picnic Area and had a little Food before most of the People left for the Day. 3 of us decided to Hike around and Check Out Wet Beaver Creek...Spent a couple of more Hours dinking around down there and then the other Two took off for Home...The Clouds stayed so Cool all Day that I decided to do some Exploring and Hang around in the Area until Sunset.

I also intended to hit the V-Bar Ranch and take in some Petroglyphs, but it wasn't to be. Got to the Gate and there was a Sign saying they were Temporarily Closed due to Trail Damage...I guess the Rain is Screwing a few things up up here too...So, I just drove further down the Road a ways to see what I could see. Even with all of the Exploring, it was still Early, so I decided to just go into Sedona for Sunset. The Clouds just wouldn't give up and provided a lot of Image Opportunities...But as it got later, Sedona got darker and darker... :lol: I Hiked about halfway up the Bell Trail and realized that there would be no Sunset Color on this Day. By the Time I got to the Car it was Raining pretty Good...I decided to head for the Barn and hope that maybe there would be another Sunset Opportunity along the Way...

After a 2nd Attempt at a Sunset Shot at Sunset Point, I've decided that I won't waste my Time here anymore... :lol: I think the Mountain just causes all of the Clouds to evaporate on a Moment's Notice at Sunset... ](*,) And so the Day Ended.

It was a good Trip though for sure...And I do believe I've found another Birding Spot in the Area...Lots of Cool Birds that I don't get to see much of in the Phoenix Area...Cloudy Skies made for great Landscape Shots, but not so much for Bird Shots...I'm really starting to like the Verde Valley Area and will be spending more Time up here... :)

Isolated Pockets of Columbine and a couple of Others...Nothing to get terribly excited about yet...
2 mi • 200 ft aeg
Started off the day at Montezuma Well, then the Castle, then Cliff Castle Casino, then Dead Horse Ranch.
I think I like the Well better than the Castle once you've seen it once.
The Castle was a zoo - had to park along the road. Actually heard a man telling his family that Montezuma lived there - really? c'mon people!
Claimed my ten dollars in free play for signing up at the casino, lost it, then left.
Went to DEHO and took more flood pics - still a lot of water! - and spotted a great horned owl napping in a tree.
The end.
0.75 mi • 200 ft aeg
Doing a day trip to middle Arizona. Went to the Castle years ago, but never made it to the Well until today. Far more interesting than we had anticipated. Spent some time chatting with an interesting Ranger. Roamed all the trails, backtracking now and then to reexamine some of the area. All was made even more interesting with patches of snow and ice in the shady areas. Even got to hear my favorite bird sound, a cactus wren warbling a serenade to our time down in the Well.
0.3 mi • 0 ft aeg
I nearly forgot that we stopped here after our GC hike! We divided our ride home up a few times with stops in various places, and decided to check out the well and get our muscles moving. The dogs really liked the area, particularly down under the well where the water drains out. Really a beautiful, serene little area. Kinda wished there had been more of it!
0.33 mi • 20 ft aeg
Cheryl and I were making a day trip to Jerome and decided to make a quick detour to the castle. I was here back in 1997 on my first visit to Phx. It felt great to return!

We made the walk down to the viewpoints and stopped by Beaver Creek. This is a fascinating area! With water flowing, it would be a wonderful place to live.

I'm thankful the NPS takes care of this monument! It's definitely worth the quick detour.
0.3 mi • 0 ft aeg
Tour Guide Marathon day. Relatives of a friend were in from Iowa and this was their last day in town, so did Jerome, Montezuma's Castle, Montezuma's Well and managed to get to Sedona for a couple of last hours of daylight and a pretty nice Sunset. First time I had ever been to Montezuma's Castle and Well. Very cool and impressive. The Well facts are pretty mind boggling. Really had a nice day.

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