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Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2017
SteveHall
Hiking2.10 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
150 ft AEG
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Pueblo La Plata is about 10 miles from I-17 into the Agua Fria National Monument. When you first arrive and start down the trail, you would not know there was a ruin there if it weren't for the signs. It just looks like a big mound of dirt from a distance. Once you reach the base of the ruin you the first thing you are likely to spot are pot shards, a lot of them! There were several rocks where previous hikers had set a collection of shards, and yet there were still thousands of pieces covering a large area around the ruin.

The ruin itself is 80 rooms and most of the walls are pretty well intact with nice corners and doorways. Though the whole thing has been taken over by weeds and plants. It is located a ways back from the edge of the canyon on both sides and has views in all directions.

I followed a side trail (if you can even call it a trail) over the right canyon and enjoyed the view for a few minuets. Just as I was turning around to head back up the trail some shapes caught my eye. A few feet from were I was standing were a few boulders that had some very faint petroglyphs on them. These were carved deep, and were nearly the same color as the rest of the boulders so I figure they are quite old. The hardest one to see was a foot print on the far left side of the panel. After finding this, I think to my self there have to be more like this, so I start hiking along the ridge with my eyes on the boulders. After 3/4 of a mile or more I couldn't find any more glyphs, so I headed back toward the ruin. This time I just walked straight through the knee high grass hoping I didn't come across a rattle snake. Just about 20-30 yards before reaching the ruin I come to a small boulder with more glyphs on it. Glad I stumbled on these two glyphs by accident. I am sure there are more in the area, but there were so many boulders, it would take a while to search them all. Maybe next time I will find them.
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