• Montezuma Castle's prehistoric dwelling

    Montezuma Castle

    National Monument Arizona


Montezuma Castle National Monument

The trails at Montezuma Castle National Monument take your through a tranquil glade of Arizona sycamores and provide spectacular views of this majestic ruin.


Montezuma Castle

Marvel at the 1,000 year old legacy of the Sinagua as you explore the ruins at Montezuma Castle National Monument.

A paved, 1/3 mile loop trails takes you through a tranquil sycamore glade and past the ancient cliff dwellings of a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.

Directions: Follow I-17 to exit 289 (90 minutes north of Phoenix, 45 minutes south of Flagstaff).

Drive east (through two traffic circles) for approximately 1/2 mile to the blinking red light. Turn left on Montezuma Castle Road.

Montezuma Well Outlet Trail

The short trail to the outlet follows the path of a 1,000 year old irrigation ditch.


Montezuma Well

Exploring Montezuma Well reveals a place like no other in the world. Take your time and discover the tranquility of a site that has served as an oasis for wildlife and people for thousands of years.

Directions: Follow I-17 to exit 293 (4 miles north of the exit for Montezuma Castle). Continue through the towns of McGuireville and Rimrock, following the signs for four miles to the entrance to the Well. There is no fee to enter Montezuma Well.

Did You Know?

Sunset Crater

The Sinagua people witnessed the most recent volcanic eruption of Sunset Crater along the eastern slope of the San Francisco Peaks. In 1064 A.D. Sunset Crater erupted and then flared up intermittently for nearly 200 years, spreading half a billion tons of ash across 800 square miles.