Montezuma is quickly becoming an all-season destination for outdoor recreation, hertitage tourism and enjoying all that life has to offer in a small Iowa town. Montezuma is easy to find, just south of Interstate 80 along Iowa’s sprouting “Sportsman’s Corridor”. Come and enjoy our Downtown National Historic District, two magnificent lakes, local events and spend time exploring the wonders within our own stretch of the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
Diamond Lake Park
Visit Montezuma for some of Iowa’s best fishing and scenic camping at Diamond Lake Park. A network of recreational trails and nearby services make Diamond Lake Park a perfect spot for geocaching, enjoying nature, or a weekend getaway for an affordable family vacation. A new modern camping area opened in the Summer of 2013! Click here for a map of the entire park.
Montezuma Country Club
Montezuma Country Club offers 9-holes of golf and outdoor pool use during the regular season. The scenic course is just one mile west of Montezuma along Diamond Trail’s rolling hills. Several levels of affordable memberships are available for Montezuma residents. Visitors and guest may pay the daily green fees and single pool use on site. Check the schedule for special events and tournaments.
Downtown National Historic District
The United States Department of Interior designated Montezuma’s downtown as a National Historic District on May 30, 2012. The 24-month nomination process was spearheaded by the Montezuma Improvement Association along with hundreds of research hours by local volunteers. The district runs along 3rd and 4th Streets, Liberty Street and Main Street around the Poweshiek County Courthouse. Contributing resources within the district include dozens of historic structures and monuments. Three individual buildings within the district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
City of Monuments
The Bill of Rights Monument is just one of the many beatuiful, history-honoring monuments in Montezuma. Click here for the Montezuma Monument Photo Gallery. Montezuma was selected as the location for the first Bill of Rights Monument in the nation. The Bill of Rights monument was unveiled and dedicated during Montezuma’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration in July of 2008. Located on the courthouse square, this monument adds to a remarkable list of local historical landmarks and places of interest that inspire heritage tourism opportunities.
Big Springs Range
Big Springs Range is the newest shooting range near the Montezuma area. Throughout the year the range is open to the public, and includes open shotgun, trap and skeet field, and five-stand sporting clay. Trap machines are remotely controlled. Big Springs Range hosts Scholastic Clay Trap Program teams from area high schools for practice and competitions, as well as 4-H shooting sports events. The range hosts a number of hunting and shooting events, and serves as a training facility for law enforcement officials and the Iowa State Patrol. The opening of this sporting complex was achieved through the combined efforts of Frank Brownell, Pete Brownell, both of Montezuma-based Brownells Inc., and Larry Dunn of Steel Clay Shooting Range in Eddyville. 5015 Highway 146, Searsboro, Iowa, phone 641-593-6635 or 641-623-8045.
Poweshiek County Sportsman Association
Founded nearly 30 years ago, Powshiek County Sportsman Association promotes and sponsors the sport of 3D archery and several forms of firearm shooting competition. Membership is open to anyone interested in practicing and promoting these sports. The annual membership fee is $30, which entitles members to full use of the club’s archery and shooting ranges. The PCSA’s facilities include a 100-yard outdoor rifle range, located just south of Montezuma, and a few miles west of Montezuma is the club’s 50-foot indoor pistol and archery range with an outdoor trap range and a 3D archery match course. The club’s facilities are open to use by members every day of the year. Many of the PCSA’s activities are directed toward honing individual skills, however, the club also organizes a range of competitive matches that allow members to improve their skills in a variety of disciplines and to test themselves and their skills against their friends and fellow members.