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Indian Mesa Ruins and Tule Creek, AZ
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Indian Mesa Ruins and Tule Creek, AZ 
Indian Mesa Ruins and Tule Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking15.30 Miles
Hiking15.30 Miles   7 Hrs      2.19 mph
 
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A first try looking at old Indian stuff on the west side of I-17. I had Oregon Hiker's GPS track but didn't pay much attention to the drive in instructions so I made some wrong turns. Just remember this: take the Table Mesa exit and follow the west side frontage road to the north...that'll get you there.

First problem was getting across the Agua Fria. Certainly this is no Peoples Canyon, but there was no dry crossing places so I did it barefoot. After that I followed the jeep road toward the obvious mesa. I skipped the side trail up the mesa on the first pass and continued along to Tule Creek. I had noticed that some ancient cartographer had written "Petroglyphs" on the topo map, a couple miles up the creek.

It was pretty good walking up the relatively flat and open creek drainage which had some water. Unfortunately the glyphs were underwhelming, I only found two on low dark stones hidden among the desert flora. Returning I mainly stayed above the creek cut(s) and this was also good walking, much of it on horse trails or cow paths.

The ruins on top of the mesa are impressive, quite a few rooms with well preserved walls (I wondered if there had been some reconstruction). It's clear people lived on top of this small mesa but pottery pieces were pretty sparse and I only noticed one grinding hole. Quite different from most of the nearby ruins on the other side of the freeway where the walls are less preserved but pottery sherds are everywhere.

Only people I saw all day were 4 ATVers...I wondered why those things have to be so loud? Also as I walked out the jeep road I noticed 3 separate places with barrier fences across the road. These all had hiker turnstyles but the wires across the road had been cut. It was confusing to me: I don't think a horse could get through the styles but there were plenty of horse tracks (and ATV/Jeep tracks) on the road. I'm not sure what the management plan is in this area but its not working.
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