Montezuma Castle National Monument!

Montezuma Castle National Monument
What is it? Montezuma Castle National Monument is a two-part park that protects a mysterious desert well and a magnificent, ancient cliff dwelling!
What makes it beautiful? Part 1, Montezuma Well, is a deep, blue-green oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert. No one knows what keeps it full and what keeps it from overflowing! Fish can’t live here, but there is a whole ecosystem of mysterious creatures that only live here in all the world. The apex predator in these carbon dioxide rich waters is a leech!

Part 2, Montezuma Castle, is magnificently built, towering high on a cliff face! It wasn’t really a castle, more of an apartment complex, and it had nothing to do with the Aztec king (it was named to attract tourists), but it housed a whole community of ancient Sinaguan folks living in harmony with their rocky home!

How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee and contribute toward trail and structural maintenance, sign design, and other visitor services!
  • Volunteer at Montezuma Castle National Monument!
  • Donate to Montezuma Castle National Monument!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Remember the old adages: Pack out what you pack in! Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
Where is this place?
    Montezuma Well:

  • The entrance to Montezuma Well is on Beaver Creek Road, about 4 miles east of its exit on I-17, about 49 miles south of Flagstaff!
    Montezuma Castle:

  • 2 miles east of the intersection of Middle Verde Road and Montezuma Castle Road
    Camp Verde, AZ 86322

From Flagstaff: ~54mi (87km) — 0.9hrs
From Phoenix: ~94mi (152km) — 1.6hrs
From Tucson: ~210mi (338km) — 3.5hrs
From Yuma: ~268mi (432km) — 4.5hrs

When should I go? Both Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well are open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and I suggest you get there early or late in the day, depending on the season!

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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