Montezuma's Well by Verryl V Fosnight Jr
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  3. Montezuma's WellMontezuma's Well
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Here it is. The holes are post holes and fire pit holes.
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The abutment was perhaps a store room or ceremonial room??
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This is the next stop, a wide spot in the road to park and this path to a archeologically recovered building foundation covered by the Park Service.
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The first stop along the road to the Well itself is a grassy picnic meadow surrounded by cooling trees. there are restrooms and tables, and it is bordered by ancient canals as described in this sign.
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This is one of the canals, now overgrown with weeds. the sides appear to have been concrete covered, but it is the calcium carbonate deposited on them by the running canal water from Montezuma's Well (see previous photo of sign).
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The calcium carbonate laver coating the canal can be seen here.
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The recreation of the structure.
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sign at the end of the road parking lot.
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Approaching the well.
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Overlooking the well which is 470 feet in diameter and about 65 feet down to the water.
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Three stone houses built under the cliff.
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The depth of the water is not know exactly, but at 55 feet depth the sandy bottom is churned by the inrushing water, which falls as rain and snow on the surrounding Mongollon Rim, and is absirbed by the ground at those high elevations, and then it filters down to the rock below the well and bubbles up. Really. The Mogollon Rim or is a topographical and geological feature cutting across the U.S. state of Arizona. It extends approximately 200 miles, starting in northern Yavapai County and running eastward, ending near the border with New Mexico.
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Ducks (Whippins, or something like that???) the guide called them.
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A bit around the rim overlook is a stairway path down to the exit stream of the water out to the adjoining creek and the ancient constructed canals.
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A house on the way down.
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Same house from another angle showing more of the cave in which it is built.
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At the end of the train down, near the water level are the remains of more houses.
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The stream out of the well
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Up on the rim of the well, is a pueblo of at least 11 rooms, was one of several vilages in the present day Verde Valley.
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A better view of the three rooms near the rim. The rim overlook is at the left from where I took the earlier photo.
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Another pueblo near the rim on the trail back to the parking lot. This is a good view of part of the Mongollan Rim.
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This is probably the large room referred to in the previous sketch on the sign.
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Nearer the exit flue.
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The water comes under this rock into the man made by ancients canal.
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Along this path is the reconstructed original canal out of the well. The water is flowing away form the camera and from a hole in the rim, naturally at the well water level inside the rim.
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Proceeding along the path away from the rim and back toward the parking lot, is the Wet Beaver Creek, and some lush wooded areas.
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A strance and large tree growing at about 40 degrees from the horizontal and then branching vertically up. The end of the angle section of trunk shows a healed wound of a broken off limb or trunk that is long gone.
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The Wet Beaver Creek that flows past the well. I do not know if some water from the canals now, or ever did, enter the creek before the ancient construction,
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I'm going to remember this cool spot next summer when we can't get away to CA. The signs claim it is 20 degrees cooler near the well and the flowing water than out on the desert.
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The canal above the creek as I walked back from the exit flue.
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