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Montezuma Well, Rimrock

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#34 of 129 in Nature in Arizona
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, 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.
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  • Leisure walk to well which looks like a large pond. There seems to be ancient rooms cut into the rock.  more »
  • It was interesting to know that just like Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well is also a misnomer.The trail to the well and back is very interesting and lovely. The well itself is gorgeous and like the ce...  more »
  • Plan more time than you think you need when visiting Montezuma Well. This national monument is a hidden treasure. There are two parts to the visit. First, you take a trail up the hill and come to a ri...  more »

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