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Indian Mesa Ruins, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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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 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,000 feet
Elevation Gain 246 feet
Accumulated Gain 279 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.1
Interest Ruins
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:14am - 6:13pm
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Nearby Area Water
Agua Fria river via Table Mesa
Agua Fria river via Table Mesa
2.1 mi away
1.4 mi
Table Mesa Rd to Boy Scout Loop - BCT
Table Mesa Rd to Boy Scout Loop - BCT
3.6 mi away
12.0 mi
1,604 ft
Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road TH - BCT
Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road TH - BCT
3.7 mi away
10.0 mi
570 ft
Tule Creek Ruins
Tule Creek Ruins
6.0 mi away
1.5 mi
-131 ft
Spring Valley Trail
Spring Valley Trail
6.5 mi away
4.0 mi
200 ft
Boy Scout Loop from Emery Henderson TH - BCT
Boy Scout Loop from Emery Henderson TH - BCT
6.6 mi away
10.4 mi
758 ft
Oasis Loop - Hells Canyon Wilderness
Oasis Loop - Hells Canyon Wilderness
6.6 mi away
14.5 mi
2,070 ft
Governors Peak
Governors Peak
6.6 mi away
6.1 mi
1,900 ft
Salvation Peak
Salvation Peak
6.6 mi away
6.9 mi
2,764 ft
Emery Henderson Via New River Rd
Emery Henderson Via New River Rd
6.7 mi away
6.0 mi
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Short and sweet
by HAZ_Hikebot

Likely In-Season!
This is a very short hike at a quarter mile if that. You'd probably walk further going up into the stands at a Cardinals game if they actually sold out a game.

The drive in from the west takes you through some slightly interesting territory. It definitely requires four wheel drive and probably more if it's muddy. You need a permit to even drive in the area, so you better stop by somewhere and get one! According to "Ruins Seldom Seen" the east approach requires a 2.5 mile hike, but you don't need any permits. There is a road from I-17 but the book states a building and such makes it unaccessable. That may be true when the lake is actually present, wouldn't that be pleasant.

The hike is steep but it's over in like five minutes so get over it. The views are pretty awesome. Multi colored cliffs with an autumn splash of yellow leaves along with some green grass fields might get you thinking you're in a different part of Arizona. Go check it out, but plan on checking out some other local quick sites like Black Cave or a handful of springs scattered about the area.

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2004-10-21 HAZ_Hikebot
    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 $$
    Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

    $7 per vehicle or $85 annual

    $2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

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    Strictly 4x4

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