Pueblo Canyon Ruins
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Pueblo Canyon Ruins, AZ
2012-03-2747 by
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Globe, AZ
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns    1.11 mph
2,500 ft AEG   
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Visited these ruins on Tuesday. We had been there January 2011, but never got to the 3rd and 4th sets of ruins due to concern of getting caught on the trail after dark on the way out. This time we had more daylight (March vs. Jan) and we started earlier. Had lots of time to see it all this trip. There was a little less water flowing at the falls at the head of the canyon this time, although I think that the storm over the 18th and 19th of this month yielded a little more flow than might have been there a couple of weeks ago. In fact, we were going to do this hike on March 20th but, but decided to do BTM in the Supes instead due to the storm. Since there was a break in the temps on Tuesday (3/27) we went for it. Glad we did. Weather was perfect, water in Cherry Creek was the lowest I have seen it making the water crossings a piece of cake.

The 4th set of ruins is well worth the trip. It has the best remaining example of floor construction of any of the 4 sets. Although one side of that floor has fallen, it is mostly intact. You can certainly get the best view of the construction methods here. Overall, the 4th set is in better shape than the other 3. I am not quite sure why this set is better, although it could be due to better protection from the elements (I didn't try to compare locations) or it could be that it is the least visited since it is the the last one on the trail. I know a fellow who visited these ruins in the late 1960s or early 1970s and claims that the roofs and floors were all intact then. Makes me suspicious that some visitors over the intervening years have done their mischief.
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To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus (56 AD – 117 AD)
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