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Romero Ruins Interperative Trail, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 0.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,000 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.25
Interest Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
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22  2016-03-19 Ysabet
22  2014-01-25 rwstorm
6  2010-11-22 Charger55
9  2008-10-22 tecdivr
Author rally_toad
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 4
Photos 512
Trips 447 map ( 2,892 miles )
Age 30 Male Gender
Location CA
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Early
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:39am - 7:21pm
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Ruinous Ruins
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Cross the street from the parking lot area following the sign that says Romero Ruins Trail. The trail immediately crosses the wide, sandy Sutherland Wash. From here follow another sign for the Romero Ruins Trail that points to the left. Now you will get in all the elevation gain of this hike. A wooden stairway leads you up probably about 100 feet to a bench, here you can rest and get a good view of the Catalina Mountains and if you look behind you have a good view of the Sutherland Wash.

Here is where the loop portion of the hike begins. I will describe the 1/3 mile loop portion taking the right branch since that is the way I completed it. In less than a minute you will find yourself at the Ball Court. An oval shaped depression that the native americans played ball in. A informational sign tells you all about it, then you will climb a small hill. What you will find out when you get to the top of the hill is that you are standing on a native american landfill so to speak. Apparently this is where they threw all their garbage. Continue the loop by descending from the hill until you come to the wall of the indian compound. You can kinda see where the wall is, but its not much. In a shortwhile you will come to the most notable ruin on the trail, the ranch of Francisco Romero. A series of 4 ruined buildings each now about 2 foot high but very noticeable is Romero's Ranch. Another informational sign tells you about the ranch. In another minute you come to the other end of the indian compound wall, this wall was the most notable indian ruin I saw on the trail. Can definitely tell that there was at one point a wall there. Continuing on one last informational sign tells you about the native american way of life, where they got water and what they ate. Now the loop comes to an end. Walk down the stairs, cross the wash and return to the 21st century.

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2008-04-19 rally_toad
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
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    2021 - FAQ
    $8 per vehicle per day
    $10 per vehicle per week
    $40 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day-use sites.

    2021 Catalina State Park
    Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
    Individual/bicycle: $3.00

    2021 Sabino Canyon Tram is $12 extra. [ website ]

    Coronado Forest
    MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Catalina State Park State Park

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix take the I-10 south, then exit on Tangerine road. Take this road all the way to its end and turn right. You will see a sign directing you to take a left to get to Catalina State Park. Take this left, pay your entrance fee and continue until you see a sign for the Ruins trail. The trailhead is across the street from the sign.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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