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Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
 
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While looking for another set of ruins in the area online, I stumbled on this one. This appeared to be the set that Alston and his better half Deb had been trying to locate for awhile. They scoped it from afar, verifying our thoughts the week before. We enlisted noted Perry Mesa expert and all around nice guy Hansenaz (aka Issac Hanson, one of the 3 brothers, famous for the song MMMBop) to join us. So with 180 years of experience enlisted, the group was set.

After much plotting, PM'ing and throws at the dartboard, I penned a path, that surprisingly enough took us right there. The site was quite intact, with many pottery sherds and corn cobs scattered about. It was at one time, 3 stories tall in places. There were also probably ten plus Cavetes cut into the hillside. I was amazed, based on the location, that they were able to gather all the timber, reeds and water for mud, to construct this place. The ceiling construction on these is incredible. Alston guessed this site was from about the year 1400.

Being the baby of the group, I relied heavily on their wisdom in ancient Indian artifacts and culture. I was just there to see cool stuff.

Video :next: https://youtube.com ... FAw0

We stopped at the more popular Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings on the way home. I'd driven past this site numerous times on my way back from the High Country. They actually proved to be much cooler than I expected. Lots of sherds, caves, corn cobs and numerous room ruins up top.

Video :next: https://youtu.be/jc ... ZSOE

Never a dull moment on this hike, with lively conversation and stories. It was a pleasure to hike with these two ancient ones, I mean..... ones so well versed with ancient things. (Sorry, I gotta use it while I can)

Thanks for FJ'n us there Alston.
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