• Montezuma Peak


    National Memorial Arizona

Places To Go

Montezuma Pass

Open all year dawn to dusk

The scenic overlook at Montezuma Pass (elevation 6,575 ft.) is three miles west of the visitor center, accessed by a winding mountain road.

The road is paved for one mile and is a graded dirt road for the upper two miles. It is usually passable year round for vehicles under 24 feet in length. Temporary road closures may occur after heavy rain or snow fall.

This site provides views of the San Raphael Valley to the west, the San Pedro Valley to the east, and Mexico to the south. Montezuma Pass is also the trailhead for the southern terminus of the great Arizona Trail. See the hiking page for more information on trails.

Available Facilities
Restrooms are available all year and two picnic tables are available under the shade ramada.

A Special Use Permit is required for activities at Montezuma Pass with more than 50 people and/or 35 cars.

Picnic Area

Open all year dawn to dusk

The picnic area is located near the visitor center. You can drive directly to the picnic area or walk there from the visitor center along a short (0.1 mile) trail.

The Memorial is open for day use only; camping is not allowed. Fires are permitted only in grills, but may be prohibited during high fire danger. Hunting, woodcutting, and gathering of minerals and vegetation are prohibited. Pets should never be left unattended in vehicles and must be kept on a leash. Mild temperatures and low humidity provide pleasant opportunities in all seasons.

Available Facilities
There are 25 sites located beneath the trees, three ramadas, and several water faucets and fountains. Restrooms are accessible to persons in wheelchairs, and the area is relatively level. Outdoor grills are provided for cooking fires. Visitors need to bring their own charcoal or wood, as no wood gathering is allowed. Overnight camping is prohibited.

A Special Use Permit is required for activities in the picnic area with more than 25 people.

Did You Know?

Oil painting of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was born in 1510 in Salamanca Spain. He was only 30 years old when he began his expedition into what is now the American Southwest. His expedition was considered a failure and he died in obscurity in 1554.