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Montezuma Well, Rimrock

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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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  • We found the well to be fascinating, a deep pool in the middle of the desert, with cliff dwellings around the sides. Entry is free and there are lots of information boards around the trail. The trail ...  more »
  • At first it appears to be a simple sink hole... but once you start to read the informational plaques, you realize it's so much more.  more »
  • Amazing, considering this is in the middle of the desert and spring fed. The cliff dwellings surrounding it give food to your imagination. The path here is solid, but steep in places. To view the lowe...  more »