Even though you might not see them on the trail, Montezuma Well and Castle are home to many mammals. Check out these photos for an idea of who lives here.
Members of the weasle family, striped skunks are nocturnal predators common throughout North America. They are one of three species of skunks found at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well, the others being hog-nosed and spotted skunks.
Ringtails are secretive nocturnal predators that are seldom seen. Members of the raccoon family (Procyonidae), these shy mammals spend the day hiding in caves and tree hollows. They can occasionally be spotted scampering along the walls of Montezuma Castle (where this one was photographed) or in the Swallet Ruin at Montezuma Well.
Mountain lions, or puma, are seldom seen predators that inhabit the Verde Valley. Tracks, such as these found at Montezuma Well, are often the only sign that a puma is in the area.