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Black Mesa Creek Petroglyphs, AZ
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15 by photographer avatarLosDosSloFolks
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Black Mesa Creek Petroglyphs, AZ 
Black Mesa Creek Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking5.16 Miles 711 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles
711 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
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Cathy stumbled across a YouTube video of some obscure guy hiking up here in Spur Cross. He went off trail and found some petroglyphs that I was not aware of. I stopped his video in several places and checked for landmarks and strange saguaros and ascertained he was on the west facing embankment of Black Mesa Creek on the east side of Elephant Mountain. There is a large ruin complex east of there but not close enough to really tie the two together. I went on Google Earth and wrote down some likely coordinates and headed out this morning to try to find them.

I entered the trail system through the Jewel of the Creek Trailhead and then headed up on Dragonfly Trail and bushwacked towards Tortuga along the ridge line. On my 5th descent down towards the bottom I finally found them to my surprise and delight. They weren't too far off a known route but far enough that I wished that I had worn long pants. :(

The glyphs aren't spectacular by any stretch, but it's always nice to see something new...especially when it's so close to home.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Mainly Brittlebush, Ocotillo, and Hedgehog


water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cave Creek - SPRCA Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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