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Arrowhead Sink Loop, AZ
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Arrowhead Sink Loop, AZ 
Arrowhead Sink Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
Hansenaz
Hiking6.50 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   1.28 mph
948 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Thought of another reason to return to "south of Wupatki" and it worked out pretty well. By now I recognize what the ruins around there look like in the satellite view (not 100% but pretty good) and I even spotted one as a "drive by" on the way in, so I had done some useful looking around even before I got to my parking spot near Arrowhead Sink.

At the entrance to the Sink there are a bunch of petroglyphs - first I've seen "on the cinders". The Sink itself it pretty impressive but I didn't see a good reason to walk to the bottom. I headed south toward some waypoints I marked but found plenty of randoms along the way. I passed about 10 separate habitation sites all surrounded by broken pottery. The larger ones all had similar designs with several rooms in a line and some nearby circles or a plaza perimeters. As with the nearby ruins I've seen on other recent visits, often there is some low dug-out area nearby...I haven't been able to figure out why that would be.

I had a ruin marked in Red House Basin and was both impressed and puzzled as I approached it. It looked like it could have been built in "modern times" but there was pottery all around. My confusion was allayed by a sheet I found inside the "house" explaining it is a rare "free standing" (i.e. not collapsed) ancient ruin but had been stabilized (and modified a bit) by modern sheepherders. The info sheet mentioned kivas. Ah ha! Those low areas at the ruin sites probably were dug out and covered as ancient kivas. Mystery solved. That nice free standing red rock structure in Red House Basin is like a lot of other ones within the Wupatki boundaries.

Continued back passing more ruins and pottery....really a rich ancient cultural area. Fun day.
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