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Montezuma Well, Rimrock

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Monument National Park
Montezuma Well, a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, is a natural limestone sinkhole near the town of Rimrock, Arizona through which some 1,500,000USgal of water emerge each day from an underground spring. It is located about 11mi northeast of Montezuma Castle.The Well measures 386ft in diameter from rim to rim and contains a near-constant volume of spring water even in times of severe drought. The water is highly carbonated and contains high levels of arsenic. At least five endemic species are found exclusively in Montezuma Well: a diatom, a springsnail, a water scorpion, an amphipod, and a leech — the most endemic species in any spring in the southwestern United States.Montezuma Well's steady outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved near the park's picnic ground, and portions of the canal's original route are still in use today.As with Montezuma Castle, the label "Montezuma" is a misnomer: the Aztec emperor Montezuma had no connection to the site or the early indigenous peoples that occupied the area.
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  • You have a hike down a canyon then you come to a small lake (Pond) then you can walk around to the water that goes under a big rock  more »
  • First off, I liked the fact it was free to visit. Most national parks in the west cost. It was a short walk to the well, which had cliffside dwellings. There was another short trail down to the water,...  more »
  • When we drove up to the parking lot we wandered why there were so little cars parked. Because of the significance of this historical site you should expect more visitors. Water coming out of the earth...  more »