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South of Wupatki, AZ
mini location map2018-11-10
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South of Wupatki, AZ 
South of Wupatki, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2018
Hansenaz
Hiking6.13 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking6.13 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.53 mph
766 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Alston's recent trip to Keyhole Sink reminded me I really like that area NE of Flagstaff from Wupatki to the Petrified Forest. The Little Colorado region had plenty of ancient habitation and the remnants sit out in the open for all to see.

Wupatki itself is just full of ruins and petroglyphs but your not allowed to walk around unattended. However the areas outside the park are legal and so I drew up a loop to see what I could find.

It's nice range land - pretty easy walking much of it on fine volcanic cinders, with a few livestock fences to negotiate. I started noticing scattered pottery pieces right away, and the sherds up there a lot more interesting than the plain stuff I find in my usual haunts.

When the pottery started to get concentrated that generally meant I was getting close to a ruin and I passed about five of them today. Three were marked on topo maps, one I had spotted in the satellite view, and one I just stumbled on. The ruins looked a lot like the ones I'm used to seeing on Perry Mesa: piles of volcanic rock, usually with well defined perimeters, and sometimes with clear walls and rooms if they'd been excavated. They didn't look at all like the many ruins a bit further north in the park which are made of flat red rock and are much better preserved. One exception was a small set of ruins just off the mesa top near Rodan Crater: these were apparently made of red rock and sat on a cinder slope. They must have been pretty striking looking.

So it was a really nice walk with plenty to see all along the way. About 40deg to start, 55 by the end.

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