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Cooper Forks Canyon Cliff Dwellings
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Cooper Forks Canyon Cliff DwellingsGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2020
Pickles
Hiking6.52 Miles 2,149 AEG
Hiking6.52 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   1.28 mph
2,149 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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I have wanted to experience these magnificent ruins for quite sometime so I took advantage of the opportunity that presented itself! FR203 is in really bad shape the closer you get to where you begin your journey that drops down into Cherry Creek. This is also where you would start the hike to Pueblo Canyon and Coon Creek.
Cherry Creek was flowing and refreshing as we made our way along its banks before we started climbing. Getting to these magnificent structures wasn't AS bad as I was expecting but that, in no way, means I felt it was easy! There is clinbing, there is bushwacking, there is route finding and, as is common for me, there might be the tearing of skin here and there!
I think the bonus of this hike was, what I would imagine to be, some sort of defensive lookout below the ruins but so well camouflaged by the surrounding natural structures. Getting up to it was one thing, getting down was another, at least the way we did it. It was also obvious the location chosen for this fort was intentional as you could see directly across the way to Pueblo Canyon, Cooper Forks Canyon and up and down the creek. These people,for many reasons, were brilliant!
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