Montezuma’s Well Irrigation

I thought this might be a good place to see when you’re finished at Montezuma Castle.

Montezuma Well. 1,400,000 gallons of water flow per day from this natural limestone sinkhole.

Cliff dwellings are located above the sinkhole. Montezuma Well’s outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved at the picnic ground, and portions of the original Sinagua canal are still in use today.

Sunday Bird Walks at Montezuma Well
Beginning Sunday, November 21, 2010, the National Park Service will offer guided bird walks at the Montezuma Well unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Bird walks will take place each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. through mid-April, weather permitting. The park ranger will meet visitors at the picnic area and help identify birds around the site, while interpreting different species and their roles in the local environment.

Montezuma's Well in HD Cinema
Watch this video on YouTube.

The Ancient Irrigation System

There is no entry fee at the Montezuma Well location, and the program is free. Participants should bring water and binoculars, if they have them, and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for an easy to moderate hike. Programs last approximately one hour. Visitors may call the Montezuma Castle Visitor Center at (928) 567-3322 ext. 0 for more information.

Montezuma Well is located 11 miles north east of Montezuma Castle, at 5525 East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock, Arizona.

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