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.
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.
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?
Both the Western Diamondback and the Black-tailed Rattlesnake call Montezuma Castle their home. This Diamondback was marked for our monitoring project. This multi-year undertaking led to new management techniques, including stopping relocation since this could lead to the death of the snake. More...