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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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  • So a free well did not sound too exciting but we we're nearby so figured what the heck... on my gosh!! So fun! Amazing circular lake (think a tiny version of Crater Lake) with ruins of homes built on ...  more »
  • This is an interesting site to see. The National Park website describes it well. It’s a unique natural feature that if you happen to be in the area check it out.  more »
  • Montezuma Well NM is included with the price of admission with the Montezuma Castle National Monument. They are 11 miles apart and both worth visiting if you can swing it. Since we'd flown in that day...  more »
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  • A really cool natural phenomenon. You can walk right down to the water, but don't fall in because it is swarming with leeches, as you'll learn from the many informative panels around the rim of the well. In addition to the well itself, there is a nice little spot nearby where the well drains into a babbling brook, lined with giant Arizona sycamore trees. Overall a beautiful site that is worth a stop of 20min-1hr, depending on how much you enjoy nature.
  • If you like Navajo ruins, then this is appreciated. Very small parking lot, small as fault trail leads up and down on 30 -45 degree slopes. There's unfortunately have some -old 'tagging 'on site from 1930s ,volunteer prevent more vandalism. Only pit toilet at site and no store. So if you want magnets, purchase from Montezuma Castle or Tuzigoot.
  • My advice is unless you have more time to do the other parks, just go to Montezuma well. We did not have time to do all 3, but stopped at the well and the castle. You see and learn the same thing at the well and it’s free. The well has more to see and is much more exciting for kids. We saw the rooms closer up, the tunnels they made for irrigation, the well itself and you can go down to a cave dwelling and down to the creek to see the water canals and fish, turtles, ducks. The rangers are everywhere and super informative and friendly. Bathrooms are close by too.
  • Very interesting historical site. We were especially impressed by the canal system used to irrigate crops by ancient people. Liked that you can tour the site for free compared to other local monuments which cost $10 per person.
  • I visit the well two or three times a week. Winter hit the well with snow this week , with the landscape being covered with snow and wafts of steam coming off the warm water that made the well even more mystical.
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