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Indian Camp Canyon, AZ
mini location map2021-03-21
6 by photographer avatarOregon_Hiker
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Indian Camp Canyon, AZ 
Indian Camp Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
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Hiking3.29 Miles 205 AEG
Hiking3.29 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   0.87 mph
205 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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This hike provides a good example of picturesque red sandstone sculpted by eons of rushing flash floods that is typical of most of the canyons in this area and it is probably one of the easiest to access. A short drive down FR486 from FR609 off of HW288, all 2WD moderate clearance capable in dry weather, brings you to the head of this canyon. Springs keep a trickle of water running down the creek bed much of the year and there are numerous car camp sites near where we started the hike.

We took our time wandering down the canyon taking lots of photos. It was fairly easy hiking with only small pour offs causing minor route finding. I was thinking about why the canyon was named Indian Camp and kept scanning the hillsides and benches above the creek for ruin walls with no luck. I suspect the canyon got its name from Indians camping near the semi perennial springs at the head of the canyon back in the 1870-1880s when small groups of Indian hunter/gatherers still roamed these mountains. We noted some bench areas above the high water line to explore for Indian Ruins on another hike later in the week.
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