The facilities and grounds of Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well are closed each year on December 25. Both sites will reopen and welcome visitors at 8:00 a.m. MST on December 26.
Montezuma Castle National Monument is the story of people. The Sinagua people who built and lived here for over 300 years; the first settlers to give the dwelling the misnomer of 'Montezuma'; and the NPS personnel who cared for this dwelling all left a lasting tale to be uncovered by those of us coming later. Click on the links below to read more...
Click here to read about Frank "The Boss" Pinkley, superintendent of the Southwestern National Monuments. He often paid for stabilization work himself!
Click here to read an account (from Josh Protas' book, A Past Preserved in Stone) of the legacy of Martin and Earl Jackson, father and son. Both worked to save the Castle as custodian and archeologist.
Did You Know?
No fish? Due to concentrations of dissolved carbon dioxide nearly 600 times higher than other natural aquatic environments, Montezuma Well contains no fish. Instead, the collapsed limestone sinkhole has a unique aquatic habitat that is home to organisms found nowhere else in the world.