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Bishop Creek Agua Fria Ntl Monument, AZ
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Bishop Creek Agua Fria Ntl Monument, AZ 
Bishop Creek Agua Fria Ntl Monument, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2016
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I've done this hike two ways, first from Badger Springs (34.235755, -112.082826) heading east as well as from bloody basin (34.246771, -112.058230) heading west. The destination (various petroglyphs and at least a dozen metates spread around the area) is right between the two as the crow flies, The badger springs route is more scenic, but more difficult with lots of up/down elevation change along with a much rougher 4x4 drive to the start (unless extending the hike to start at the main badger spring lot). The bloody basin route mostly just follows the creek bed but would have varying difficulty depending on the water level, if any.
The last photo "lost jupiter mine, keep out" rock sign is near some of the petroglyphs, but a mine was not found on this side of the creek...however there is 50ish year old shack on the opposite site of the creek along with several dug out areas that may have been small pit mines. Regardless I find it interesting how frequently native american ruins and mining activities occur in the same spot (natives were typically in resource rich areas &/or 1800s+ miners assumed they were). This especially seems true in this Agua Fria / Perry Mesa tradition area where mining/ruins/petroglyhs overlap at this location, as well as the brooklyn, richinbar, and possibly other sites.
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