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Montezuma Well, Rimrock

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4.8/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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, amounting to approximately 15,000,000USgal. 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 springtail, a water scorpion, an amphipod, and a leech — the most endemic species in any spring in the southwestern United States. It is also home to the Montezuma Well springsnail.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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  • Well, I must say that I was not too inspired at this location, but it was free so that helped. There are creatures that live nowhere on earth. But you can't see them. You can walk down to the bottom f...  read more »
  • The short hike up to visit the well is worth the effort. The scenery and calming waters make it a tranquil place and reflective of the period. Recommend a stop for all. 
  • The well is a limestone sink which is fed by flowing springs. You take a path to the well and there is a trail you can walk around to see the spring and a view of the well from the other side. This is...  read more »
  • Go all the way down..early in the morning. More wildlife is running about then. It can be little steep but short walk. If you meditate at all and like green quiet peaceful places..for me this area works well. Interesting Arizona historical sites. It's one of my favorite short drive go to hideaways.
  • I went expecting a hole with stagnant water at the bottom. I was so pleased to find an amazing variety of beauty. =) Definitely worth a trip to see it. No fee, paved pathway most of the way, Indian ruins... Can't go wrong here.
  • Wonderful experience. A deep hole in the desert full of water. And the cliff dwellings inside are amazing. Also the irrigation channel down by the Verde river was so cool.......well worth seeing
  • This historical site is very cool. Well maintained trails with information along the way. Definitely worth the trip if you're stopping to also see Montezuma's Castle. Very interesting history.
  • Great short historical site with very interesting old cliff side dwellings. This was a treat as we didn't know what to expect. Montezuma's Well is very cool, sort of mysteriously eerie.
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