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FR203 Ruin Search 3, AZ
mini location map2016-03-23
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FR203 Ruin Search 3, AZ 
FR203 Ruin Search 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2016
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking0.70 Miles 216 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles
216 ft AEG
 
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I stopped at a couple of archaeology sites to look for ruins on my drive home down FR203 from Camp Grasshopper. These were shown on my gps map as being small pueblos or field houses of 1 to 2 rooms so I wasn't expecting to find much. However they were on the side of the road so I decided to stop for a quick search. My "map" shows these locations somewhere within a 240 yd circle so a thorough search for 1-2 room ruins in these dense tree covered areas really needed more time but I only had time for a cursory search. My first stop was not productive other than finding a rock outcropping on the side of the hill that gave good views of the canyon below. On the way back down the hillside I decided to stop at this viewpoint again and this time looked down at the rock surface I was standing on - it was covered with petroglyphs! I don't recall seeing any petroglyphs in the SA on all my previous trips but have seen a couple of sites with interesting pictographs. These were unusual with abstract shapes not appearing to depict any life form and also unusual to be on horizontal surfaces instead of vertical surfaces.

My second stop where the road crosses Pueblo Canyon Creek was unproductive - no ruins, no petroglyphs. However there were many flat areas with an abundance of wall worthy rocks so perhaps I just missed seeing the small ruin. I did find an old road grade that started up Pueblo Canyon on the south side not far above the creek. I only followed it about 70 yds and don't know how far it went up the canyon, probably not far.

My ruins searches had delayed my Sierra Ancha departure by 2 hours and I needed to get back on the road to make it home in time for dinner.
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