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Montezuma Well, Rimrock

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Take a journey into the mystical waters of the Montezuma Well a sacred place truly like no other in the world where legend says it is one of the homes of the Plumbed Serpent.
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  • Didn't know about this until talking with park ranger at the castle. Beautiful. Paved walking with many stairs to the well. Do yourself a favor and continue walking paved path around well to see.....  more
    Didn't know about this until talking with park ranger at the castle. Beautiful. Paved walking with many stairs to the well. Do yourself a favor and continue walking paved path around well to see.....  more »
  • Make sure to check website for hours/fees. I arrived with about 20-minutes before closing. The NPS Ranger was kind enough to allow me to hurry up the steps for a few pictures and had the stamps for....  more
    Make sure to check website for hours/fees. I arrived with about 20-minutes before closing. The NPS Ranger was kind enough to allow me to hurry up the steps for a few pictures and had the stamps for....  more »
  • We had just seen Tuzigoot and Montezuma's castle and decided to stop here as well. It was a very hot day and we couldn't see how long the trail was from the parking area. We would liked to have asked....  more
    We had just seen Tuzigoot and Montezuma's castle and decided to stop here as well. It was a very hot day and we couldn't see how long the trail was from the parking area. We would liked to have asked....  more »
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  • Upon arriving we were greeted by the rangers. Quick discussion and we walked the 40 stairs or so to the top of the well. Looked around and decided to walk down to the well. There was yet another ranger who gave us the rundown on the well. Very educational and kind ranger. Walked back up the 100 or so stairs and left due to severe heat.
  • The stairs are steep but it is so worth the hike! We loved it! Make sure you go down the second set of stairs that takes you to the little "canal" (for lack of a better word). Truly beautiful! And great for history buffs.
  • Very sacred place and informative. Very nice walk down to the caves with great photo opportunities. You can't help but imagine what life would've been like to live inside the rocks. Quite an amazing experience but stay off the rocks, it's fragile. It's worth the visit.
  • This is just up the road from montezumas castle and it is way more fun if you enjoy an easy hike. Area is beautiful the well is literally a giant hole with a large water source at the bottom. In the sides of the wells walls are ancient cliff dwellings. Along the path are signs indicating important plants to the original dwellers of the area. Very nice. Also some interesting "I was here" graffiti dating back almost 200 years.
  • On my way Back from a Sedona mountain biking trip I decided to finally stop in and check out Montezuma’s Well. I have seen the castle before but never stopped to see the well. There is no cost to visit the site but they do have a donation box if you feel inclined. The park ranger greets you at the beginning of the trail, so do yourself a favor and don’t just wave and walk by. The park ranger provides you with an informative flyer and explains the water composition of the well and its uses by the native people that inhabited this area nearly a thousand years ago. You are able to walk down to the water level in the well and check out a small dwelling. You are also able to walk down to the irrigation canal next to beaver creek. The whole area seems pretty well preserved and is a neat slice of Arizona history. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. I spent about 45 minutes total here. If you do stop by, please donate a couple bucks to help keep this place open and preserved.

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