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.
Change In Firearms Policy
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
For any questions you can email the Law Enforcement staff or contact the Chief Ranger's office at 928-567-3322.
Relevant Federal Laws
Bill of Rights Amendment II
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
PL 111-24 512 (b)
Protecting the Right of Individuals to Bear Arms in the NPS
18 U.S.C. § 13
State Laws Adopted
18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3)
Definition of a firearm (may not apply to reenactment weapons)
18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
Felon in Possession
18 U.S.C. § 930
Procession in Federal Facilities
Did You Know?
Groups of divers have explored Montezuma Well nine times. This picture from 1968 shows one of the first expeditions. The divers found that the Well is 55ft deep with fissures for springs reaching 120 and 140ft deep.