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Montezuma Well National Monument include directions to get there.

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TrailTrekker15 wrote a review Nov 2020
Tallahassee, Florida3,372 contributions424 helpful votes
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I did a quick stop by Montezuma Well after visiting nearby Montezuma Castle. The site is a giant spring producing around 1.5 million gallons of water per day. There is a trail down to the water level which has cliff dwellings right next to the trail. Part of the trail was closed due to damage unfortunately. This was an excellent quick stop (30 min) right off I-17!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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TravelingBum52 wrote a review Nov 2020
United States1,857 contributions230 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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RMurray847 wrote a review Nov 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico258 contributions154 helpful votes
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My wife and I really knew nothing about this site going into it. We were spending a few days in the area, and we always like to check out National Parks/Monuments. This spot is not that far off the interstate and very easy to get to. It is absolutely worth a visit. If you only have an hour, you can still get quite a bit out of it. Yes, it's a big pool of water in the middle of the desert. But so much more. The water vents up from the bottom and is at a constant level, because a steady amount also flows OUT. It's a the bottom of a deep "hole" and you will also see some ruins of the cliff dwellings built at this spot. And do take the time to read the signs about the life forms that inhabit the lake. I can see a horror movie being inspired by this place! If you have time, take the brief hike down to the bottom. It's lovely. The whole area is lovely. And not terribly crowded. Yes, there were people there, but in this time of Coronavirus, it did not feel TOO people-y. It a beautiful site with fascinating history (and natural history) and well worth your time. Note that there is no gift shop on site, just a little booth to pay (although right now they have waived entry fees). I think most people do this stop along with a visit to nearby Montezuma Castle and they think you'll do your shopping there. So if you're visiting both (and/or Tuzigoot)...you can only buy souvenirs, books, stamps for your National Parks passbook, etc. at the Castle or Tuzigoot...not the Well.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Karen G wrote a review Oct 2020
San Antonio, Texas648 contributions138 helpful votes
This is a quick stop but worth it. A short hike of 1/3 mile will get you to the top of the well. You can see the cave dwellings off to the left and a path leads to the right to be able to hike down if you want. This well is fed by underground springs! So interesting!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Sheree1956 wrote a review Sep 2020
Delmar35 contributions6 helpful votes
After a steep walk up a lot of steps you are able to see the well. There are also houses built into the recesses on the cliffs surrounding the well. It is about 1/3 mile loop from the parking lot entrance to the exit. It is a beautiful continually flowing spring. There is not an entrance fee to this park.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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