Montezuma Well National Monument

Montezuma Well National Monument

Montezuma Well National Monument
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
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Located in the Verde Valley area, this mysterious crater-lake supported an ancient community of Sinagua Indians.
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  • db901
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do with the Castle.....
    Not far from the Castle, do both at once and it is definitely worth the time. Easy to reach, not far from the interstate. Easy walk to the ruin but one can not go right into it, but get relatively close. There is also a path that leads down to the creek, a permanent water source. It gives a lot of understanding about how people could live in this area for generations.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • kevan j
    Norman, Oklahoma1,468 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful spring and some ruins.
    We drove out here after visiting Montezuma's Castle. Definitely worth the extra time. This is a really beautiful natural spring with several sets of ruins. Plenty of parking and a short trail up some stairs to an overlook above the spring. Very scenic overlook with beautiful blue and green colors and lots of birds . The ruins under the rim are pretty cool. We also completed the loop trail that went to the other side of the spring (where some more ruins were located), and then circled around down by the spring outlet...a really neat little feat of engineering. You can see everything in less than an hour, but be sure to arrive plenty early as the gate closes right at 4:45.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Laurat33
    Orlando, Florida720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make the stop!
    Found this on the map on our drive from Sedona back to PHX airport. Quite a bumpy dirt road to get there (coming from the north) but well worth it! No admission fee, just a steep short walk to the top to see the well. Beautiful and interesting!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Inna B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem
    A real hidden gem!! This place is an outstanding beauty with a wonderful and cool history! Take a walk on the going down trail and discover a cave where women used to give a birth! And - this site is free! Don’t miss it!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Henry A
    Hays, Kansas646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time to stop
    Very interesting place that I had never heard of. It is a beautiful oasis in what is mostly a desert area. The walk to the well is about 1/3 mile round trip and involves some stairs. It was a great surprise addition to our trip.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • wardgarner
    Castro Valley, California613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting short stop
    Interesting stop. There are a couple of trails to walk. Uneven ground so if you have mobility issues, this would not be a great stop. You can wander around this area for about an hour or so. There is some interesting history surrounding this area.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Louis V
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the Sinaguan irrigation techniques firsthand
    This is a short stop, but a vital one of you want to see the brilliance of native irrigation. They understood the nature of this unusual sinkhole and used it to irrigate food that wouldn’t absorb the hard minerals. A sign says it’s the most studied desert pool in the world
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Water galore !! 4/19/24
    Beautiful view when they had so much water, the trail was actually closed beyond the exit point. You can walk down into or go down outside, the walls to witness the water exiting the well and entering the river. A very well maintained facility, with a remote location (4 miles on a dirt road). Part of a package, an essential visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Seabrookgal
    537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small treasure...
    We were pleasantly surprised by Montezuma Well National Monument. It's rather small by NPS standards, and you won't need a lot of time here. But how surprising to find this rather deep well in the middle of a desert. It also has pueblo ruins that show this was once the home to Native Americans. The Ranger here was most informative and he spent a lot of time answering our questions. There are also information signs that explain what you are looking at. There are several walking trails, although with bad knees, our group took a pass on this. There is no charge for Montezuma Well National Monument.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
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Liam R
Montreal, Canada175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
As someone interested in both the ecological and indigenous history of this area this was the most rewarding stop of the trip. We went by accident when we accidentally put in Montezuma Well instead of Montezuma Castle into the GPS, but I’m so glad we did. Ruins, caves, ducks, and 5 species found only in that one lake smaller than a football field.
Written January 7, 2020
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Montezuma Well is actually a detached part of the Montezuma Castle, and is about an 11 miles drive on a very bumpy road -- away from it. We found out about it from the Park Rangers when we visited the Castle, and at the last minute decided to take the detour to check this place out. So glad we did.

The Well is very similar to the Sinkholes and Cenotes found in Florida and in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is huge with a diameter of 386 feet. It is fed by a subterranean water source, and holds a million and a half gallons of water, at a constant temperature of 74 degrees. It is miraculous that this level or temperature has not changed in over a hundred years – even in times of severe droughts.

The water is used for irrigation purposes, but nobody can swim in it, because it is highly carbonated and contains high levels of arsenic.

We hiked on the marked path, and were able to learn many facts about the large variety of flora and wildflowers that grow in the area. Loved the fact that there are many labels and informative plaques all along the path.

Just like the Castle, the Aztec Emperor Montezuma had no connection to this site. Many early cliff dwellers made their home here. If you take the hiking path down to the well, you can see their homes as well as the place where the water bubbles out from the underground stream – visible because of the collapse of a cliff wall.

The Park Ranger here was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were also able to get our sticker and date stamp for our Parks Passport from him.

Absolutely worth a visit.
Written November 16, 2021
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DesertRose
464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
This is one of my favorite spots in the area.
It is a very short walk from the parking lot (not even a walk really as you just go up some stairs) and there is a lovely look out over the well with informative signs.
You can walk down into the well for a closer look which I recommend doing and there is also a small loop walk that will eventually take you back to the parking lot with a few signs explaining native plants and a spot to walk down and get a closer look at the nearby creek which was used for irrigation.
Written January 22, 2023
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Teresa W
Lake Havasu City638 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We had just seen Tuzigoot and Montezuma's castle and decided to stop here as well. It was a very hot day and we couldn't see how long the trail was from the parking area. We would liked to have asked some questions regarding the length of the trail, the steepness, stairs, etc... but there was no one manning the ranger building. We ended up leaving without seeing it as we are older and weren't sure we'd have been able to make the walk.
Written September 6, 2022
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C S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Beautiful place, however! We were at the well today, I became short of breath and we headed back down the path the way we came up, as we started down we saw an elderly man fall on the path. He was bleeding and laying on the ground. I hurried back down to the rangers and told them that a man had fallen and needed assistance, and that he was bleeding. One ranger started up the trail but didn't take anything to help him with her. I went on to the car and got paper towels and a bottle of water out of the car and after using my inhaler started up the path again. The second ranger was there and I asked him if he had a first aid kit and he slowly walked toward the bathrooms. My companion had stayed with the man and he came down thinking that the rangers would be helping the man. The rangers walked down the path with the man but didn't seem to offer much assistance other than handing him paper towels that I had sent up. When he got back down to the parking lot I did step in and help him wipe the blood from his face with a damp paper towel and helped him in to his vehicle. The rangers just stood there and didn't seem willing or capable of offering any assistance. The man's wife drove him to an urgent care facility and we asked the rangers why they didn't assist him and they told us they weren't "allowed" to help.
Written March 24, 2022
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Seabrookgal
Beverly, NJ537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We were pleasantly surprised by Montezuma Well National Monument. It's rather small by NPS standards, and you won't need a lot of time here. But how surprising to find this rather deep well in the middle of a desert. It also has pueblo ruins that show this was once the home to Native Americans. The Ranger here was most informative and he spent a lot of time answering our questions. There are also information signs that explain what you are looking at. There are several walking trails, although with bad knees, our group took a pass on this. There is no charge for Montezuma Well National Monument.
Written May 22, 2024
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Colin Archibald
Kingston, TN4,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A short hike around the well with informative signs to tell you about the dwellings and the history of the "Well" this natural artesian well was once inhabited by local ancient Sinaguan Peoples. Reading the signs you find that the natural predators living in the well are leaches. There is a path that takes you down close to the well. Worth taking the drive to see it if you are interested in the ancient people that lived here. Note there is no museum associated with this site, but there are a couple of rangers on site than can answer most of your questions.
Written March 29, 2020
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Karla W
Portsmouth, NH95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I have lived in and visited this area of Arizona and never knew what a great little park was there. I loved this place. It's a delightful hike around a loop with lots to see. Some of it is shady so if it's hot, you still get a reprieve. There were rangers around to ask questions so I had to learn about the graffiti on the walls - the reason it has been left there is that it's so old that it's considered historical!
Written February 20, 2020
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TravelingBum10
United States6,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
After going to the Castle, we headed to the Well. They are about 10 miles apart. The Montezuma Well is quite a beautiful site. There’s a bit of a uphill hike to get to the well area so it’s not great for the older folks. Once you’re up there you get to see the beauty of this place. There’s caves where people lived! So neat to see that. There are stairs leading to the bottom of the well on both sides. One side was closed so we didn’t go. We also had our 3 small dogs with us and didn’t want to tire them. The hike around the well was not very long. A nice place to go and spend a few minutes admiring the beauty.
Written November 8, 2020
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vikkiov
Rochester, NY24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I had been here once before, but wanted to share with a loved one. It is still as beautiful and interesting as before. Just an amazing place of history. We hiked all around and I love the friendly rangers who explained anything we asked about. The information plaques strewn along the path have great information on how those plants were used by the natives living in the area. I recommend this to all!!
Written February 28, 2020
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