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.
An easy 1/3 mile trail takes you through a glade of white-barked Arizona sycamores to the base of one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Take your time as you stroll the paved sidewalk past the 900 year old legacy of the ancient Sinagua culture. The towering trees provide welcome shade during the hot summer months as well as valuable habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Rock squirrels, songbirds and lizards are easily spotted along the trails, even during the hottest parts of the day.
Exploring Montezuma Well along a 1/2-mile paved trail is an experience you aren't soon to forget. This unique geological feature is home to creatures found nowhere else on the planet. The presence of so much warm, fresh water provides an oasis for a wide variety of wildlife, including mammals (muskrat, ringtail, rock squirrels, white-tail deer), over 100 species of birds, snakes, lizards, and a tremendous assortment of insects, arachnids and amphipods. This rich ecosystem was also the reason why people have chosen to make this their home for over 1,000 years. Ancient cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins and pithouses can all be seen within and around Montezuma Well.
Did You Know?
Montezuma Well is located 11 miles from Montezuma Castle. Go north on I-17 to exit 293 and then follow the signs. The water of Montezuma Well enters from two underground springs. Over one and a half million gallons of water a day flow into the well.