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Badger Ruin - Richinbar Ruin Loop, AZ
mini location map2012-09-08
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Badger Ruin - Richinbar Ruin Loop, AZ 
Badger Ruin - Richinbar Ruin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2012
Hansenaz
Hiking7.70 Miles
Hiking7.70 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.32 mph
 
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I parked at the Richinbar starting place, just off I-17. I headed diagonally north across Black Mesa toward the Badger Pueblo, walking mainly along cow paths. I kept my eyes open but didn't see many signs of the ancient residents til I got near Badger. It really has a magnificent location overlooking a big bend in the Agua Fria. I looked around quite a bit but didn't find petroglyphs on the boulders or the cliff band, though I know there are some lower down along Badger Springs. There is at least one, maybe more satellites of the main ruin.

From Badger ruin I returned south but hugged the edge of the mesa. There is a nice spot and small ruin right at the point overlooking the river under a lone pinon tree. The ruins (like almost all the others) are easily recognized by some piled rocks, pottery shards, and flaked quartz or obsidian.

I continued further and got distracted by some white quartz flakes and fell on my face. This brought me a close up view of some pottery pieces and so I scouted "inland" another 20' or so where crumbled walls were obvious. I hadn't expected anything here. This was probably the highlight of the day though because this ruin had a concentration of grinding areas decorated with some petroglyphs.

I continued south, dropped below the rim and back up again to catch the nice petroglyph site associated with Richinbar Pueblo. I looked briefly for another ruin and glyph site (inferred from azmuslima's photos) but couldn't find it. I did contour west past the small hilltop ruin and along to the main ruin. I didn't spend much time since I was there a couple weeks ago and I was getting thirsty! From here it was not much more than a mile through the pasture to the car.

This is an enjoyable walk on the mesa. Some hikers might prefer starting down at Badger Springs and climbing the mesa, avoiding the awkward (and possibly illegal) turn off and on the interstate.
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