Montezuma's Well National Monument Trails

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Montezuma's Well National Monument Trails is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rimrock, Arizona that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
59 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

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.

2 months ago

It's definitely much more interesting than Montezuma castle. It's short but it's more challenging than you'd think! Super short though. There's some neat plants with labels explaining what they are and some lizards. The pool is super blue and beautiful and we saw an otter swimming in it! Also you can hike down to the pool and see some small dwellings and caves.

walking
3 months ago

Somehow this is even more interesting than Montezuma's Castle. Maybe because you can get nearer (not to) the lower dwellings & the walk by the cool, in look & temperature, creek. It's always cold!

walking
3 months ago

This was a very unique and fun little walk. The well was impressive and the cave/dwellings below (about a hundred stairs down) were worth it--also it was a lot cooler down there so a nice place to sit and take it in. Would recommend doing this--family friendly

walking
6 months ago

Very interesting and unique site. Be sure to do the 2 spur walks to complete the experience.

walking
7 months ago

More of like a nature walking trail - great history lesson and information

hiking
7 months ago

Short, easy, worth a quick stop. Lots of cool information about the plant and animal life as well as about the dwellings.

8 months ago

Easy walk with dogs. Walking down the stairs to the cliff dwelling and the outpouring a must

8 months ago

Beautiful.

walking
9 months ago

Loved this little hike! I wasn't expecting a trail when I went here. Thought I'd just walk up, see the well, and leave. So this was a pleasant surprise! Very beautiful short trail that takes you into the well and down to the neighboring waterway. The signs along the way were very thoughtful. Beware, very steep climbs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Interesting history but I would call it a nature walk n I hate when u can't leave the trail.

hiking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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hiking
Monday, November 30, 2015

Small hike but well worth it make sure you go down to the bottom

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

very fascinating site, paved trail, more of a walk than a hike.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Perfect little walk with lots of interesting markets along the way.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I found this to be pretty interesting! You can still see the cave dwellings and the well is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Pretty interesting facts written up in top that will have ya scratching ur head.

walking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

It was an easy hike and a great place for the family. Lots of birds, geological features, and historical sites. Great homeschool trip.

hiking
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fun little hike. Unique landform. Huge sycamore trees. Interesting history and friendly staff.

walking
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Very interesting place. You'll hike a small hill (on a sidewalk) to a hole with water about 50' below the top. Several viewpoints around the top. On the return trip, there is a series of steps down to where water is released out of the well. Worth the trip.

walking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Montezuma Well is a short and pretty loop trail. The "well" is a limestone sinkhole that was used for centuries as a natural irrigation cistern by the Yavapai. The trail is paved and well-maintained. Be sure to take the short detour to the spring at the base of the outer section of the sinkhole.

hiking
Sunday, September 08, 2013

A nice little hike to get out of the car for bit. Educational panels all around the trail and I actually learned something.

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