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Proposal to install handrails at Montezuma Well
Feb. 18th, 2015,6:00 pm
Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station
FOTW Announces Scholarship Opportunity
Friends of the Well would like to support a Verde Valley High School Senior with a one-time scholarship of $350 dollars to be used towards furthering education.
Montezuma Well is not really a well, but a limestone sinkhole sourced by subterranean springs. It was named for the Aztec Emperor, Montezuma II in 1864 by Texan soldiers on expedition from Fort Verde. It is doubtful that Montezuma was ever anywhere near the Well, but the name stuck.
The area is rich with archaeological finds referencing the numerous cultures to find their way to Montezuma Well. Some were just passing through on pilgrimage, others settled at this unique oasis in the desert. The Well, considered sacred to many, is still being used today by many Native American tribes for religious and ceremonial purposes.
Friends of the Well is an Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Montezuma Well National Monument located in central Arizona just south of Sedona. Learn more about FOTW and our mission.
This meeting is a forum to discuss a project proposal to install metal pipe rail fence along the existing Montezuma Well rim trail to improve visitor safety and provide additional protection for fragile natural and cultural resource areas.
Your input is important! Following the public meeting, feedback will determine how, or if the project will be implemented.
There will also be a short presentation by the Chief of Resource Management about the Montezuma Well ditch.
Friends of the Well would like to support a Verde Valley High School Senior with a one-time scholarship of $350 dollars to be used towards furthering education. Applications are available here and are due by April 15th, 2015.