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Pueblo La Plata Ruins, 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
Distance Round Trip 2.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,699 feet
Elevation Gain 110 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.85
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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Pueblo LaPlata Ruins and vicinity
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Overview
On the east side of Hwy 17 north of the Sunset Rest Stop and south of Dugas Road, resides the 71,000 acre AGUA FRIA NATIONAL MONUMENT(created by Pres. Bill Clinton in YR2000) spread over a high mesa and split down the middle by the upper Agua Fria River canyon. Within this AFNM are the now documented Perry Mesa Ancient "Seven Cities"(1300 to mid 1500 century) with rooms numbering between 100 to 300 once supporting a thriving culture.


This hike description is for one of these above described "Seven Cities"- The PUEBLO LA PLATA RUINS.

TH Start & Parking: N34 15.047 W112 01.670; Main Ruins Site: N34 15.107 W112 01.963 (a .30ml one way "trail" hike from TH Start); Ruins Outer Fortress Site: N34 15.153 W112 02.581 (a .85ml additional "off trail" easy hike from the Main Ruins Site);

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    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    My 2 wheel drive truck made it past silver creek and up to the top of the mesa. I would not try this in anything without high clearance and not after a rain. We parked next to the tanks before the ruins to check for any signs of quail, rabbit...anyway a short hike in was the official entrance to the site. The sign was empty, BLM is aware. At first we thought the ruins were what looked like two abandoned tanks right next to the parking area. Luckily the real trail was found through the over grown grass. We walked around the ruins which looked pretty substantial. Side note: Buy drone. The walls in the center were easily 5-6 feet and the outlying rooms were 3-4 feet with plenty of evidence that there was more buried. Shards and flakes were everywhere even in the trail. Walk softly. I searched the perimeter for petroglyphs but could find any. I will be out on the monument again after searching google maps and locating several similarly interesting sites. I may need to borrow some 4x4 or stay overnight for a few.
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    Pueblo LaPlata Ruins and vicinity
    Planned an easy day doing some odds and ends on Perry Mesa. Good thing because as I approached Pueblo LaPlata I was flagged down my a nice young fellow who had got his truck stuck door deep in the nearby stock pond. I hung around with him for close to two hours til a jeep came by and got him out.

    While waiting near the LaPlata turn-off on the Bloody Basin Rd. I wandered around and found a few free range petroglyphs.

    I wasn't expecting much from LaPlata: it's the easiest Perry Mesa ruin to access and the only one that is sign posted...so it probably gets at least 10X the number of visitors the others do. But I was surprised to find it is a nice ruin: very large with many well articulated rooms, and a lot of well preserved walls visible. My guess is that this reflects some extensive professional excavation and little damage from visitors. Only difference here was that visitors had gathered up much of the pottery pieces into displays for others to see.

    I walked around the mesa and did find a petroglyph area on a south-facing cliff band and another smallish ruin structure. The fort was disappointing - mainly a single wall and less impressive than other nearby ones. The location looking over Silver Creek is impressive though.

    I had enough time to drive over toward Bishop Creek and find a small ruin there. Small rock pile, a pottery concentration, and a single petroglyph.

    Always a worthwhile day on Perry Mesa.
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    Headed up for some solitude and culture - stayed for the birds, more specifically, the Sparrows. I ID at least 7 species and maybe one or two more. If you head up in the next week, look out for the deer hunters, next weekend looks busy up here, in fact one dude was camping in the TH parking lot - of course, he looked at me like I was the idiot :gun:

    The road was a lot worse than I remember, many areas are just exposed rock, with deep ruts Make sure you have decent tires and high clearance.

    Foliage
    In Silver Creek
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    Had a great time driving up to Pueblo La Plata with Pete from The Friends of the Aqua Fria National Monument. This was part of the Archaeology Expo and was well worth the trip. Had to use a High Clearance Vehicle, though I would recommend a 4X4 if headed up when there is chance or has been rain. You can definitely see where the mud puddles are and some look impossible to get out of. It was a very short walk from the parking area to the ruins. This is a 80-90 room pueblo and has a ton of artifacts surrounding the area.
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    This was a nice find although, the road was really rough(0n 9123). The actual turn off for 9123 is 8.3 miles from I-17, not the 9.8 mentioned in the summary. This is a typical ruin of stacked rocks, but the amount of geologic and archeological eye candy is awesome. I walked North of the main ruin and enjoyed the Agua Fria gorge and views. I could only imagine what life was like 1200 years ago.
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    Little did I know that north of Phoenix on the east side of Hwy 17 past the Sunset Rest Stop and south of Cordes Junction, resides the 71,000 acre AGUA FRIA NATIONAL MONUMENT(created by Pres. Bill Clinton in YR2000) spread over a high mesa and split down the middle by the upper Agua Fria River canyon. Within this national monument are the now documented Perry Mesa Ancient "Seven Cities"(13th to mid 15th century) with rooms numbering between 100 to 300 once supporting a thriving culture. This one of seven cities, the "Pueblo La Plata Ruins" is estimated to have had between 120 to 160 rooms, some two story.

    My first time to this very interesting Perry Mesa area. My thanks to our renown HAZ ancient ruins historian/explorer- Randal Schulhauser, and our confirmed HAZ route finder- gpsjoe!

    Our day started out with a nice breakfast at the famous Rock Springs Cafe and ended with an all you can eat Friday night at the Bad Ass Bar-B-Que and Steak House in Black Canyon City.. good food, good exploring, and fun HAZ people to share with.. another amAZing day it was to be outside! :y:
    Pueblo La Plata Ruins
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    Another dawn to dusk reconnaissance mission searching for Perry Mesa�s Ancient "Seven Cities" - this time trekking with GPSJoe and Grasshopper. Breakfast at Rock Springs Cafe and dinner at the Bad Ass BBQ. :) :) :)

    First time up on Perry Mesa without a pronghorn sighting... :( :( :(

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From the Phoenix area: I-17 north a few miles past the Sunset Rest Stop, Exit#259-Bloody Basin Rd. (N34 17.051 W112 07.256); Drive B.B. Road for 9.8mls to a left turn(north) onto signed FR9023 (N34 14.126 W112 01.780) for 1.4mls to a fenced/entrance gate and TH Parking (N34 15.047 W112 01.670) for this hike; Note: Do not take signed spur road FR9023A off of FR9023;
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