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New River Mesa Fortress, AZ
mini location map2018-03-08
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New River Mesa Fortress, AZ 
New River Mesa Fortress, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.50 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   0.72 mph
850 ft AEG
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The purpose of this hike was to check out a possible ancient Indian habitation site I had seen on Google Earth in the New River Mesa area. The GE image wasn't very clear and I could very possibly have just been seeing natural rock formations. So I sent the coordinates to ssk44 and asked him to check it out on GE. His response was very encouraging and inspired me to make the long drive and steep hike with some scrambling up to the site. It turned out to be a large hilltop type fortress with defensive walls surrounding at least six large rooms on two separate levels and smaller rooms on side levels below the top. There were pottery sherds scattered everywhere indicating people had lived here, it wasn't just a lookout. The walls extended about 300 feet along cliff edges on each side of the narrow hilltop and varied in height from 3 feet to 7 feet. In my opinion this site is as impressive as the Skull Mesa Fortress.

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