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Montezuma Creek, Utah
U.S. Post Office in Montezuma Creek, January 2019
U.S. Post Office in Montezuma Creek, January 2019
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Country United States
State Utah
County San Juan
Founded by Peter Shirts
 • Total 12.5 sq mi (32.4 km2)
 • Land 12.1 sq mi (31.4 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
4,423 ft (1,348 m)
 • Total 507
 • Density 41.8/sq mi (16.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-51470
GNIS feature ID 1430435

Montezuma Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. The population was 335 at the 2010 census, a decrease from the 2000 figure of 507.


Montezuma Creek is located at 37°15′37″N 109°18′6″W / 37.26028°N 109.30167°W / 37.26028; -109.30167 (37.260329, -109.301565).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.5 square miles (32.4 km²), of which, 12.1 square miles (31.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (3.27%) is water.

Montezuma Creek (San Juan River), named for a tributary of the San Juan River, is located within and partially outside the boundaries of the Navajo Nation on the northwestern border of that vast Indian Reservation known locally as "The Rez." It is a center for oil and gas field work in the area, and a school as well as several churches.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 345
2000 507 47.0%
2010 335 −33.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

As of the census of 2000, there were 507 people, 117 households, and 100 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 41.8 people per square mile (16.2/km2). There were 170 housing units at an average density of 14.0/sq mi (5.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.06% Native American, 2.76% White, 0.39% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 117 households, out of which 61.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.7% were non-families. 12.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.33 and the average family size was 4.75.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 44.6% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 2.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $30,208. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $15,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,920. About 31.2% of families and 33.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 100.0% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest

Rafting the San Juan river.

A large feature in Montezuma Creek is Top of the World, it is a prime gathering and social spot for locals. Its name is derived from it being the highest point in Montezuma Creek area. Benco gas station was destroyed by a fire in the year of 2009; Benco gas station was located in the heart of Montezuma Creek.


Rafting along the San Juan River, June 2006

Montezuma Creek also is the center of education of about 500 Navajos in the area. Schools in the area include Montezuma Creek Elementary School and Whitehorse Junior/Senior High School, both a part of the San Juan School District.

Whitehorse High is adjacent to the census-designated place,

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