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The little-known oasis just down the road from Arizona's Montezuma Castle

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, September 12, 2022 - 11:45am
Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 11:45am

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Roger Naylor
Montezuma Well is part of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

Most Arizonans have heard of Montezuma Castle — a quick drive up Interstate 17, the century-old cliff dwelling is one of our state’s most famous tourist sites. But there's a little-known oasis just down the road from Montezuma Castle: Montezuma Well.

It isn’t just a well — it’s a place that longtime Arizona travel writer Roger Naylor calls “geologically, historically and biologically remarkable.” 

The Show spoke with him to learn more about why and about the better-known wonder that is Montezuma Castle.

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The Montezuma Castle ruins at Montezuma Castle National Monument.

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