Montezuma Well, subunit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is 385-foot diameter, circular limestone sinkhole with an artesian spring at the bottom. As the water flows in, it partially fills the large stone basin, at about the same rate water flows out of the well through a swallet. The water is about 55 feet deep and 74 degrees Fahrenheit , supporting many different plants and animals, five of which are only found in Montezuma Well. The seemingly calm, tranquil surface of the water contradicts the incredible water flow rate of about 1 ½ million gallons per day, everyday, for apparently the last several thousands of years. The Southern Sinagua utilized this bountiful source of water by engineering an irrigation ditch which is still in use today. They also built cliff dwellings and pueblos which continue to inspire us today. We have a short 1/2-mile interpretive trail with moderate - strenuous due to 100 plus stairs within the Well itself. We also have a picnic area.
Birding and other wildlife viewing are popular past times for both visitors and locals.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The main trail is steep and has stairs. The stairs can be avoided going the back way to access the main viewing area, but the trail is still steep in places.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed on leashes 6-feet and shorter. Visitors are advised not to leave pets unattended in their vehicles due to the potential for extreme temperatures in the area.