Explore Montezuma Well

No Fee Days at the National Parks

There are five no-fee days at National Parks and Monuments throughout the year. On one of these special days, we made the trip to visit Montezuma Well! It was so cool to see this much water in the middle of the desert.

montezuma well in arizona

The Story of Montezuma Well

1.5 million gallons of  74-degree water run through the well every day! The water enters through an underground stream and flows through 150 feet of limestone before exiting the other side into an irrigation ditch.

ducks swimming at montezuma well

You can feel the Sinagua culture as you walk around looking at the cliff dwellings and reading about the history. I kept imagining what life was like 1000 years ago. This site is still considered sacred by many local tribes.

tourists at montezuma well

The trails are nice and easy to walk and the site is pet-friendly. If you want a little bit more of a challenge, there is a rocky area to climb down towards the well.


In every direction, there is a beautiful view…

views from montezuma well

Montezuma Castle National Monument is only 11 miles away from Montezuma Well. The castle is one of the most well-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. We didn’t make it over there due to time constraints but I would definitely add it to your itinerary if you make the trip to the well.

Grand Teton National Park is another one of our favorite parks. Read more about hiking the park here.

To see all five no-fee days at the National Parks, click HERE.

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