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Super short, super easy!
The Turkey Creek cliff dwelling is one of the most intact structures of its kind in southeastern Arizona. It was probably occupied for a few months each year by prehistoric farmers around 1300 AD. These people, of the Salado culture, probably collected plants along Turkey Creek, grew corn and hunted wild animals. Salado farmers disappeared suddenly around 1450 AD.
This is an extremely short trail that is worth a visit from anyone visiting Aravaipa East. From the trailhead on Turkey Creek, the trail heads north a short way as it parallels the road. Soon the trail begins to head more to the Northwest as it approaches the cliff wall that is mostly hidden behind the trees that line the canyon. At the base of the hill, the trail encounters an informational sign that explains the history of the cliff dwelling you are about to visit. Past the sign, the trail climbs a series of loose, rocky stone steps with the aid of a guard rail. At the top of the hill, you are greeted with another small sign from the BLM that provides additional history of the ruins & warns visitors to avoid defacing the dwelling. Explore the dwelling and return to the trailhead via the same route.
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