Montezuma Well is a natural limestone sinkhole and lake. It was formed by a collapse of a large underground cavern. This cavern is filled continuously by a nearby spring. The sinkhole is 470 feet across and is only partly filled by a 55-foot deep lake.
During 1100 the Hohokam Indians used the spring for building irrigation ditches. Then later in 1125 the Sinagua Indians drew upon the well to sustain their life.
Montezuma Well is a unique spot. It is surrounded by lush vegetation, yet it is in the middle of the desert. The water from the lake attracts birds. It is a beautiful spot to visit. Visitors can hike a half-mile trail to the rim of the well. There are other trails that wind down to the lake.
You will not find a Visitor Center at Montezuma Well. There is however, a Hohokam Indian pit house exhibit along the road up to Montezuma Well. Visitors will also discover a picnic area.
Montezuma Well is a part of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Montezuma Well is open everyday. There is no admission charge to the well. If you have questions, you may call 520-567-3322.
It is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Montezuma Castle. You can get there from Camp Verde by getting on Interstate 17 and heading north to exit 298. Take exit 298 and head east, toward Beaver Creek Road. You will follow Beaver Creek Road northeast to the Well. You can get to the Well from Phoenix or Tucson by taking Interstate 17 north out of town toward Flagstaff. When you pass Camp Verde be on the lookout for exit 298. Take exit 298 and head east, toward Beaver Creek Road. You will follow Beaver Creek Road northeast to the Well. You can get to Montezuma Well from Flagstaff by taking Interstate 17 south out of town to Camp Verde. Before you reach Camp Verde, you will take exit 298. Take exit 298 and head east, toward Beaver Creek Road. You will follow Beaver Creek Road northeast to Montezuma Well.