Montezuma's Well, part of Montezuma's Castle National Monument
East of Rimrock, AZ
May 18, 2008
The place: about 7 miles East of Mcguireville (I-17, exit 293). The Well is a natural
limestone sinkhole that the local Sinagua peoples used for irrigation. They built cliff
dwellings, pueblos and an irrigation system based on the relatively abundant water
supply. They occupied the region from about 600AD to 1500AD.
The ride: about 180 miles from 1000ft to around 5000ft, across low Sonoran Desert and
high desert, through saguaroes to pine and juniper. Temperature range from high 90's
to 106F.

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  • created 05/19/2008