Montezuma Well Trail

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Located 8.2 miles from Camp Verde, Arizona (AZ)
4 Stars
918 Steps 1  (0.4 mi)

Montezuma Well is a limestone sinkhole that has flourished into a desert oasis. The Montezuma Well Trail is a short, paved loop trail that starts at the information booth located near the parking lot. The beginning of the trail has a short but slightly steep hike to the overlook of the well. Hike the trail to the water to see the dwellings in an alcove located below the overlook. The water temperature is at a constant 74 degrees and 1.5 million gallons of water flow into the well each day. Archeologists have discovered through excavation that this area was inhabited by the ancient Sinagua; a pre-Columbian culture that settled in Arizona from 500 AD. Today, the water is still in use by the local people for land irrigation.

Montezuma Well Trail


The Montezuma Well Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,627 ft (1,106 m), a minimum elevation of 3,547 ft (1,081 m), and an elevation range of 80 ft (24 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9180.4 mi3,547 ft3,627 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
11 min5.667 ft72 ft
[ B to A ]
11 min6.072 ft67 ft

What is the length of the Montezuma Well Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) or 918 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Montezuma Well Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 11 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 11 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Montezuma Well Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Montezuma Castle National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Page Springs, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Sedona, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Munds Mountain, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Cornville, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Lake Montezuma, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Casner Butte, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Middle Verde, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Camp Verde, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Walker Mountain, AZ

Is there a Montezuma Well trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Montezuma Well Trail is located on the Lake Montezuma topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.