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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, the Montezuma Well springsnail, a water scorpion, the Hyalella montezuma amphipod, and the Motobdella montezuma 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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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a fascinating place. The water keeps coming out of the earth day after day after day. There is a huge sink hole that makes up the well. You can walk down to see some of the dwellings. Also dow...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This massive natural well is just amazing. There is no visitor center but the volunteers are very knowledgeable. At the top of the well you get a real sense of how huge it is and how out of place it s...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This is a longer walk than the castle and more to see than you think! When you get to the overlook of the well, be sure to find the path down to the bottom of the well! So worth it...then there’s anot...  more »
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  • October 3, 2017
    We went here after the castle and found it much more interesting. The husband/wife team that are acting as guides were terrific. Even saw rather large mountain lion tracks. Well worth a stop. Walk to the bottom of the swallet.
  • September 15, 2017
    Fascinating place. Formed 10,000 years ago. Not handicap accessible. There is a bathroom and two rangers on duty at all times. They are both very informative. When you think about it, American History as taught in our schools is ridiculous. The idea the our history started with Columbus is foolish. Native Americans have been living here of thousands of years. We should remember and celebrate this.
  • September 30, 2017
    Magical hiking along the irrigation ditch. Lots to see here. Unique site- and free.
  • September 4, 2017
    What a surprise. We arrived at a small carpark with a Ranger in a small hut. He was very friendly and told us a bit about the well. We then walked a short distance up a hill to find ourselves looking down into a natural well. We were then very lucky to meet another Ranger, Ray, who told us all about the well, showed us the pueblo houses and answered all our questions.
  • April 15, 2017
    Wonderful stop. This natural well brings 1.6 million gallons a day from the earth. The walk down inside the well brings you to the Cliff dwellings. Do this!

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