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Best trails in Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Explore the most popular trails in Montezuma Castle National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Make the most of your visit Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Montezuma Castle National Monument. A self-guided, 1/3-mile loop trail leads you past an incredible 5-story cliff dwelling, through a beautiful sycamore grove and along spring-fed Beaver Creek, one of only a few perennial streams in Arizona. Ranger programs are offered daily (ask a park ranger for details when you arrive). Dogs, on leashes no longer than 6 feet are welcome on the park's trails. Pet owners must clean up after their animals. Accessibility: For accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using strollers, please see https://www.nps.gov/moca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Montezuma Castle National Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
928-567-3322
Top trails (2)
#1 - Montezuma Castle National Monument Trail
Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
Note: As of August 2020, the restrooms, museum, and visitor center are open but have a limited number of visitors allowed in at a time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required. Montezuma Well will remain closed. For more information, check out https://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm Montezuma Castle National Monument, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, features well-preserved cliff-dwellings. 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. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. It is mostly flat with an average grade of 2% and a max grade of 6% at about 0.1 and 0.3 miles (when going counterclockwise). Manual wheelchair or stroller users may need assistance in the steeper sections.Show more
#2 - Montezuma's Well Trail
Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 19 m
NOTE: This park and the trails are open. However, as of July 2020, Montezuma's Well is closed due to COVID-19. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/moca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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. This unit of the National Park Service centers around a well that releases fossil water into the Arizona Desert. This site includes the well, ancient ruins, a 1,000 year-old irrigation ditch, and a beautiful riparian area with some of the most amazing Arizona Sycamores around. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and it is typically at least four feet wide. The average grade is 4% and the max grade is 12% so this trail may be too steep for manual wheelchair or stroller users without assistance.Show more