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Montezuma's Well Trail is a 0.7 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 walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Walking

Lake

Paved

River

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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.

Moderate amount of parking. There is no visitor's center, but there is a ranger station with its own National Park Stamp.

http://www.nps.gov/moca/montezuma-well.htm PO Box 219 Camp Verde, AZ 86322 By Phone: Visitor Information 928-567-3322 Headquarters 928-567-5276 By Fax 928-567-3597

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.

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Esteban Montantes
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HikingClosed

Just called tonight and the well is still closed due to Covid-19. Can’t wait to visit once it opens.

Priscilla Maldonado
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Hiking

Tried going here while I was at Montezuma Castle but sadly it was closed.

Laurel Hamilton
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Hiking

Paved walk along the rim then down an easy trail to the well, cave and along a beautiful shady 1000 year old irrigation system.

C. Ruiz
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Hiking

Super easy paved trail to see the well. It was a pleasant, easy, fast hike. Honestly I would only stop here if you are already driving by.

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Annie N Jacob LeBeouf
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HikingRocky

Great info and easy walk.

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Liam Ragan
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Walking

Despite being one of the shortest walks we did this trip, Montezuma's Well was far and away the most interesting and well signed site we visited our entire time in Arizona. From the prehistoric Sinagua ruins which hug the crater rim to the diversity of ducks swimming in its waters to the 5 species of plants and insects that can be found here and nowhere else on earth, this site is a must see in the region. Please don't forget to make a donation at the trailhead, as this site is free to visitors and yet the park staff do so, so much work to keep it pristine.

Jenna Desatoff
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Hiking

Beautifully historical place.

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Heather Suzanne
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Hiking

Such a cool place! So much history. I brought my 20 pound dog and she did well on all the steps. Highly recommend!

Vicki Labriola
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Hiking

My husband and I just moved to Rimrock from Phx and wanted to be able to hike when we wanted to. Now we go every morning and did lose some weight and gain leg strength. We walk the whole area, we are both 64 years old. We love it and it is only a mile away from our house. It is worth seeing and free.

Red Travels
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Hiking

Easy hiking while surrounded by prehistoric cliff dwellings. It’s a fairly simple hike, but it’s a good one to do if you’re looking for something quick and free. It took us less than an hour to hike the trail (this includes time to stop and take photos).

Rob Stevenson
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Hiking

A gem of an easy hike. No cost, nice trails, very beautiful and interesting stop. Make sure to go all the way to the cave inside the well, as well as going down to the outlet on the backside. Beautiful scenery from close and far. Highly recommend making a stop here!

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Great little hike. Very beautiful. Had a wonderful time

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Bobbii Jean-Sanchez
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Hiking

great views

Lori Devlin
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Hiking

The main loop of the trail is paved and very easy. The two offshoots involve climbing down stairs and then back up again which may not be for everyone. In the first instance it afforded the opportunity to get a different vista of the well and a small cave like area at the bottom. In the second instance the stairs descend to a nice shady short trail along the Beaver Creek.

Jessica Avalos
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Hiking

It was a fun little trail for the kids. They have a JR Ranger program where they have an activity to complete during the trail and at the end they get deputized. Very easy, and super kid friendly.

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Monte Seymour
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Hiking

I loved it because of the fact that there was all of this water and creek it basically a desert area and the fact that it is so historical

Merry Gordon
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Hiking

Not really a hike, per se, but it's a lovely walk down to the well and ancient ruins. Don't miss the riparian area below - it's much cooler and less trafficked. The trees are stunning.

Kelly Lyons
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Personally was not a fan, google it and save your money.

Nina Im
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Hiking

Such a beautiful peaceful place. It was amazing to see the water running the same way the first settlers had it. Remember to not drink from the stream bc of the natural metals in the water is how the families fell I’ll so many years ago. Really great place to meditate and watch nature.

Susana R.
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Hiking

Very interesting hike....! We loved it...!

Juanita Gutierrez
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Hiking

Dogs allowed

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Bob Riddle
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HikingRocky

A fun easy walk on a paved sidewalk trail. Beautiful views.

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Brianna Haverkos
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Closed

closed because of gvt shutdown. looks like it would be sweet though.

David Jones
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Hiking

Beautiful spot. Worth stopping by and taking the short walk.

Joe Hamedl
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Easy walking trail with great views and educational pieces.

Kailah Carpenter
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Nature trips

A short hike with two trail options, both are gorgeous

LuLu Anne
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Beautiful area

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Short trail on paved paths. Very senic with tranquil spot at channel outlet.

Laura Totleben
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Hiking

Worth the stop. Be sure to hike down to where the creek flows out.

Victoria Reviews
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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.

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