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UWC-USA is located in Montezuma, N.M., six miles (10 km) from Las Vegas, N.M., 68 miles (109 km) from Santa Fe, and 123 miles (197 km) from Albuquerque, where the closest major airport is located.

With the exception of the Dwan Light Sanctuary (which is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), the campus is closed to the general public except for special, announced events and scheduled, student-led tours. 

During the school year, tours are held on Saturday afternoons at 1:00 pm starting from the Old Stone Hotel on the lower campus.

2018 Castle Tour Dates (all dates are Saturdays):

September 15


September 22


October 6


October 27


November 3


November 10


November 17

Tours begin at 1:00 pm and last about one hourParking is available near the Welcome Center. 

Alternatively, UWC-USA has partnered with Southwest Detours and local tour guide Kathy Hendrickson to offer tours throughout the year.

Please note that because the Castle serves as a residence for more than 50 people and is used daily for classes, meetings, and other school functions, it is not open to the public. All visitors must be accompanied by a UWC-USA guide. 


Driving Directions

From Albuquerque, take I-25 north to Las Vegas. Exit at the first Las Vegas exit, #343, and turn left at the end of the ramp. Go half a mile and turn left onto New Mexico Avenue. (You will see a Santa Fe Railroad red caboose at the intersection.) Drive 1.9 miles. At the first traffic light, you’ll see Allsup's convenience store on your left. Turn left onto Hot Springs Boulevard (State Road #65) and continue 4.3 miles. Turn right when you see the Montezuma Castle. The Montezuma Post Office will be on your right. Please check in at the Moore Welcome Center when you arrive on campus.

Welcome to UWC-USA!

The following hotel and motel discounts are available for United World College visitors wishing to stay in Las Vegas, NM.

Plaza Hotel in the heart of the historic district - $65 per room for queen- or king-size bed. The regular rate of $89 will apply during the high season. Contact: Yvonne Hays, 1 505-425-3591, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Best Western - $79.99 per room for queen- or king-size bed. The regular rate is $110 and $120, respectively. Ask about our UWC-USA rate. Contact: 1 505-426-8000

Days Inn - $64.99 per room for queen- or king-size bed. The regular rate is $83 and $88, respectively. Contact: 1 505-425-1967

Knights Inn - $51 per room for queen- or king-size bed. Regular rate for both is $70. Contact: 1 505-425-5994

Airbnb - Here are three listings in the Montezuma and Las Vegas area close to campus:

Airbnb 1

Airbnb 2

Airbnb 3

The following hotel discounts are available for United World College visitors wishing to stay in Albuquerque, NM.

Ramada Inn Airport - $50 per room for two twin beds or king-size bed. Regular rate for two twins is $79 and king size $74. Contact: 1 505-243-2244

Hampton Inn University Midtown - please click this link for a discount reservation of $74 plus tax.

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Meet Mzwakithi Shongwe, '12, who came to UWC-USA from Swaziland.


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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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