Perry Tank Canyon Ruins, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,857 feet
Elevation Gain -500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.5
Interest Ruins
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Author Randal_Schulhauser
author avatar Guides 71
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Trips 1,009 map ( 9,248 miles )
Age 62 Male Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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From the windmill trailhead on FR481, head due west about half a mile until you reach the hilltop. The trail will only appear as a faint cow path. Elevation gain is only about 250 feet. From the hilltop are views of Perry Mesa and the grassy plains. The Bradshaw Mountains dominate the view to the west. We were fortunate to observe a herd of antelope just to the north from our vantage point. On a heading of 241 degrees (or West-SouthWest heading) from the hilltop, hike about 2 miles until you reach the rim of Perry Tank Canyon. Again, the trail will only appear as a faint cow path. You will pass under some high voltage transmission lines about 1/4 mile before reaching the rim. The ruins will become obvious near the rim, appearing only as stone rubble walls. They are extremely weathered and in relatively poor shape. The compound has multiple pueblos, the largest consisting of 50 plus rooms. The Perry Mesa settlements were occupied primarily during the fourteenth century. This places the age of the ruins comparable to those found in the Cherry Creek region. The contrast between the state of the ruins is startling!

For me, the main attraction of the site is the plethora of petroglyphs. Clusters of petroglyphs are located about 50 feet down from the rim on the west side and east side of the main ruins. The approach from the east side makes for easier access. One of the more noteworthy rock art symbols is that of a duck. The duck appears along with two deer and a human form on a rock face just below the east approach.

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2004-09-07 Randal_Schulhauser
    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.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    From Phoenix heading north on I-17, exit east on Bloody Basin Road (FR269) about 3 miles south of Cordes Junction. Follow FR269 for about 11 miles until you reach FR14. Drive south on FR14 about 1 1/4 miles until you reach FR481. This intersection is located just after passing through a corral and two cattle gates. Travel about 2 miles on FR481 until you reach a windmill. Depending on your vehicle, you may want to use the windmill to mark your trail head.

    2009-04-24 hhwolf14 writes: The right turn from FR14 is now marked FR25 (FR481 is the marker on the left turn- do not go this direction).
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