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Canyon Fortress Indian Ruins in Central AZ, AZ
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Canyon Fortress Indian Ruins in Central AZ, AZ 
Canyon Fortress Indian Ruins in Central AZ, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2015
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GH and I have been planning this trip for several months waiting for the weather to warm up at higher elevations. ssk44 had given us another tip on the location of a possible Indian ruin. As usual ssk44's tip was detailed with gps coordinates and included another location which we were not able to access on this trip. The hike from the 4x4 Jeep trail led us across a Juniper forested plateau to the rim of a deep canyon. Nearing the rim we encountered several clusters of ruins - crumbled down rock walls outlining rooms. The largest ruin appeared to have a rectangular courtyard about 50x20 ft with 4 to 5 8x10 ft rooms along the west side. The high mounds of rocks outlining these ancient enclosures were large indicating the walls had once been quite high. We scanned the ground for pottery sherds and other possible artifacts but saw none indicating these ruins had probably been picked over by pot hunters for many years.

Approaching the rim of the canyon we got our first glimpse of the fortress type ruin perched atop a small cliff sided butte high above the canyon floor. We would find that the cliffs surrounded the entire top of the butte and decided not to risk climbing up for a closer inspection of the ruins. We settled for scrambling around to several close access points to take pictures. Like so many Indian ruin sites, the views from their fortress were spectacular. As we were leaving, we noticed a trail switch backing down the cliff side of the canyon wall across from the fortress. Large rock retaining walls had been built with considerable effort. From zoom-in photos of this trail it appeared to no longer be in use. I suspect it was built long ago by ranchers to provide their cattle with access to the water at the bottom of the canyon. This find was almost as intriguing as the Indian ruins.
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