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Gallery: Montezuma Well Field Trip

The Verde River Basin Partnership and Verde Watershed Association, in cooperation with the National Park Service, held a field trip and presentation at Montezuma Well on Wednesday morning. The presentation began at the first overlook of the Well with retired National Park Service manager Kathy Davis, spokesperson at the event, introducing Park Ranger Matthew Guebard, who gave an informative overview of site archeology and the uses of the area by Sinagua Culture. A walking tour featuring a variety of topics about the park and resources management from present and former NPS staff was on the agenda for the remaining duration of the field trip. One highlight is the restoration of the native Sonoran desert turtle by removal of the non-native red-eared slider turtle. Turtle traps, made partly out of PVC pipe, could be seen floating at the edges of the Well. For more information about the Verde River Basin Partnership, please visit or email