Sedona History & Museums: Montezumas Well, Arizona

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Montezuma's Well

A beautiful oasis in the desert, the well at Montezuma National Monument has brought life to the plants, animals, and people of the area for thousands of years; it continues to support the inhabitants of the area today.

  • Visit this beautiful oasis in the desert. 
  • Admire the ancient irrigation ditch built by the Sinagua Indians. 
  • Revel in the ancient wisdom and technology present at this sacred site.

What can I do/see at Montezuma’s Well?

Over 1.5 million gallons of warm water flows into the well every day from an underground stream, or swallet. The water enters the wells and flows into an ancient irrigation ditch built by the Sianagua Indians.

You may follow the shaded trail along the irrigation ditch to the well and see how truly magnificent this flowing life source really is.

It is amazing to see how the Sinagua utilized what the earth gave them to support life in their community. Residents of the nearby town of Rimrock still use the water from the well and irrigation ditch to quench their gardens and livestock.

Where is Montezuma’s Well?

From Sedona, take Hwy 179 to I-17. Drive south on the I-17 and turn left at exit 293. Drive about 4 miles and follow the signs for the entrance to Montezuma’s Well.

When is Montezuma’s Well open?

Labor Day-Memorial Day: Open daily from 8am-5pm
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Open daily from 8am-6pm
Closed on Christmas

How much does Montezuma’s Well cost?

There is no fee to visit Montezuma’s Well.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

(928) 567-4521