Montezuma's Gold |

Kanab

Roadside Attraction Montezuma's Gold - Kanab Roadside Attraction Montezuma's Gold

Kanab

Overview

RATING: Easy trail hiking.

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

60 | 31

Mon

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

57 | 38

Tue

Rain likely before 8am, then rain and snow likely between 8am and 11am, then a chance of snow after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

48 | 36

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 55.

55 | 27

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SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot.

Sun

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

60 | 31

Mon

A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

57 | 38

Tue

Rain likely before 8am, then rain and snow likely between 8am and 11am, then a chance of snow after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

48 | 36

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 22

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 55.

55 | 27

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Cave Entrances

Cave Entrances

Could the rural area around Kanab, Utah be the resting place of Montezuma's gold? Did the Aztec hide their mythical treasure deep in the sandstone? Freddy Crystal, a prospector back in 1914 believed so. Based on stories and evidence he compiled in Mexico, he set his sights on the white sandstone peaks in southern Utah as the resting location. His hunt around Kanab began in 1914.

Finding petroglyphs, and a series of moki steps in Johnson canyon, Freddy believed he had found his treasure in 1922. He found tunnels that appeared to have been built and sealed by the ancient Aztec. Upon returning to Kanab, Freddy sold his idea to the townspeople and enlisted their help. For the next couple of years he and many of the townspeople worked to excavate the tunnels. No gold was ultimately ever found.

These days, a visit to the Montezuma Mine's is unlikely to result in finding gold, but the area is interesting and fascinating with quite a rich history. The BLM is in the process of trying to close this historic treasure. Hopefully it will remain open for many to visit in the future.

Cristina in The Cave

Cristina in The Cave

The view down canyon

The view down canyon

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