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Feb 16

Montezuma Well: Red Rock Country

Cliff DwellingsMontezuma Well is natural limestone surrounded spring which has been used for irrigation for over 1,000 years.  It is unique environment where history and tranquility meet. The Sinagua cliff dwellings perch above the well gives a small glimpse of what life here was like in this southwest desert climate hundreds of years ago.Montezuma Well SignA quick visit is all you will need here but don’t let that feel like you should bypass this national monument.  The history here is fascinating and along with the unique environment that has been created at Montezuma Well makes this place worth the visit. Your visit will take you up a small hill on a paved path to the rim, make sure you take the time and read the information found along the trail.IrrigationAfter visiting the rim make sure you continue the trail to the shaded forest area near the well.  It felt like entering a completely different environment.  This area was interesting to us because it gave us a close look at the irrigation system the native people set up.  I imagine during the warm summer months this part of the monument is a great respite to escape the heat.Along the TrailMy wife and I highly recommend stopping at Montezuma Well especially if you are interested in history or unique environment settings.  The National Park Service has done a good job presenting information about the well’s geology, history, and part it played in the lives of the native people that used the well, as well as information about the different flora and fauna that have made this place home.  A typical trip to Montezuma Well should take about 30 to 45 minutes so it is a quick stop but worth it.SinkholeMontezuma Well
Located at Exit 293 off of Interstate-17 on Finnie Flats Road near Rimrock, Arizona
Hours of Operation Open Daily: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/moca/montezuma-well.htm

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