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Gila River Petroglyphs, AZ
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Gila River Petroglyphs, AZ 
Gila River Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
Hansenaz
Hiking6.30 Miles
Hiking6.30 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.33 mph
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The Gila River was important to ancient Native Americans and they left thousands of petroglyphs on the volcanic rocks along it's banks. Last year there was a serious effort to get a National Monument designation for a long section of the river but it didn't make the cut.

I returned to a section I've been to before with a plan to visit some cliff-bands I didn't have the time and energy to see last time. I walked along the base, past some of these previous spots, and took a few zoom pictures of petroglyphs at the top of the cliff.

When I got to a "new section" I walked up to the upper band and found more petroglyphs as expected. For the most part they were fainter and less impressive than the ones I saw on the adjacent cliffs but it's always fun to find new ones.

When I got to a notable overlook I found some grinding stones and scattered decorations on top and an interesting spot where the cliff had collapsed scattering some petroglyphs on the side of the hill.

I looped back on the mesa top - nice walking in clean low desert.
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