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Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings - 10 members in 18 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 25 2021
Stacheman
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47 male
 Joined Sep 04 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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Stacheman
Hiking2.28 Miles 654 AEG
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TH is a pull off on the side of the road. You have to crawl through the fence to get to the TH. Nice hike, a bit of a steep climb to get to the cliffs. But so worth it to explore these caves. Tons of pottery sherds and evidence of past lives. Make sure you go to both ends of the cliff to see everything.
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AugustWest
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 Phoenix
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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AugustWest
Hiking1.42 Miles 494 AEG
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Was up in Camp Verde for the first available vaccination and had some time before I got stuck. Pull off of 260 is super easy to find as were the cliff dwellings.

As a rule I haven't sought out these types of ruins hikes with the exception of Roger's Trough a few years ago. This was a pleasant surprise with a lot of little pocket dwellings to explore in the cliffs.

I had Luna with me so nothing was too scramblely in the bands that needed to be navigated. She did suprise me in a few spots with just how agile she is.

Temps were in the mid 70's to start at around 9 with no one to be seen at the trailhead.
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Aug 29 2018
Steph_and_Blake
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 Grand Junction,
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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Steph_and_Blake
Hiking3.00 Miles 443 AEG
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We weren't at the Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings (north of 260 and across from the Dollar General), but in the area. Came across some pottery, worked stone, and (with some imagination) a broken point. I'd like to think it broke upon impact with the bone of a deer or elk. Or, it could be just a simple, chipped piece of quartz that spurred a fantasy in my eager mind.
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Aug 10 2016
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking1.50 Miles 450 AEG
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On our way to Grand Canyon we did a short layover in Camp Verde in order to pick up my wife's dad (Cliff). Picked this hike for its closeness and shortness. When I mentioned the hike, Cliff was aware of it having done it 10+ years ago. Back then he said there had been no real trail and it was more a scramble to the ruins. When we got there on Wed. afternoon we were the only car in the small pull off area. There was a sign at the TH that said in appreciation to the MacDonald Family. And from the sign, there was a trail, as described, that went up to the cave ruins. It was pretty cool to view the caves. In my limited experience, it seems that most ruins are either off limits or eroded/abused by timed/man that it is hard for me to truly appreciate what I'm seeing. The cave ruins definitely fave me a foundation from which I could imagine. From there I climbed to the top and checked out the pueblo ruins. First headed east and then turned to the west where I discovered the remnants of the walls. My wife and Cliff were chilling in the car as they had decided that it was too warm for hike so I didn't spend too much time exploring. Liked to come back at a cooler time so my wife could enjoy "her home town ruins."
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Aug 09 2016
emptypockets
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 Joined Jul 31 2016
 Sedona, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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emptypockets
Hiking2.50 Miles 450 AEG
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Jun 29 2016
emptypockets
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Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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emptypockets
Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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May 26 2016
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking1.31 Miles 397 AEG
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I took my kids up to the Verde Valley for a day of swimming. Lee suggested that they might like this little hike as well, so I looked up the details and decided to do it first, then swimming later. Got started around 10am. Easy trail for my kids, and they were fine on the steeper sections too. They both LOVED the ruins, so we spent plenty of time looking through as many rooms as we could get to. It seemed like there were about three different "levels" of rooms that we zigzagged back and forth on. My daughter is a ruins junkie, so she wanted to stay all day. Had a snack, then headed back down as it was starting to warm up and there was no shade along the trail.
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Feb 13 2016
phlak
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 Joined Feb 05 2016
 Anthem, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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phlak
Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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This is a great hike and very easy to do! You will find a ton of pottery shards and make sure to explore all the rooms you can! We took our dog and when we were coming back down more people were accompanied with dogs too. Not sure why they have it listed as NO DOGS on this hike. My lab loved every minute of it!
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Nov 06 2015
AZWanderingBear
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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Heading up to Pine for a weekend with some neighbor friends at their cabin. Stopped off to hike to these ruins for the first time. Trail was much better than expected. Nice views back down into the Verde Valley. Scrambled around a bit on the ledges checking out the various alcoves and structures. Most amazing was the amount of pottery shards on the hike up. The ground is literally covered. Turned into a good leg stretcher on the way up to Pine and the Rim.
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Sep 18 2015
cactuscat
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Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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cactuscat
Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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I've been waiting for a nice sunny, non-monsoon day to do this fun little combo.
#1 Get hot and sweaty hiking up to the cliff dwellings.
#2 Five minutes later, take refreshing plunge into the cool water of Clear Creek.
It was as awesome as I thought it would be.
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Apr 15 2015
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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While looking for another set of ruins in the area online, I stumbled on this one. This appeared to be the set that Alston and his better half Deb had been trying to locate for awhile. They scoped it from afar, verifying our thoughts the week before. We enlisted noted Perry Mesa expert and all around nice guy Hansenaz (aka Issac Hanson, one of the 3 brothers, famous for the song MMMBop) to join us. So with 180 years of experience enlisted, the group was set.

After much plotting, PM'ing and throws at the dartboard, I penned a path, that surprisingly enough took us right there. The site was quite intact, with many pottery sherds and corn cobs scattered about. It was at one time, 3 stories tall in places. There were also probably ten plus Cavetes cut into the hillside. I was amazed, based on the location, that they were able to gather all the timber, reeds and water for mud, to construct this place. The ceiling construction on these is incredible. Alston guessed this site was from about the year 1400.

Being the baby of the group, I relied heavily on their wisdom in ancient Indian artifacts and culture. I was just there to see cool stuff.

Video :next: https://youtube.com ... FAw0

We stopped at the more popular Camp Verde Cliff Dwellings on the way home. I'd driven past this site numerous times on my way back from the High Country. They actually proved to be much cooler than I expected. Lots of sherds, caves, corn cobs and numerous room ruins up top.

Video :next: https://youtu.be/jc ... ZSOE

Never a dull moment on this hike, with lively conversation and stories. It was a pleasure to hike with these two ancient ones, I mean..... ones so well versed with ancient things. (Sorry, I gotta use it while I can)

Thanks for FJ'n us there Alston.
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Apr 15 2015
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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Alston and Bruce invited me to come along on their excellent adventure. Wow...they had done all the hard work and now it was just gravy. Yes I got gravy with no work.

Their logs give the details. I'll just say it was a ruins nerd's fantasy trip.

I really enjoyed the banter... Alston has a lifetime of experience in these hills and Bruce has packed a lifetime of experience into the last 10 years. They were constantly pointing to distant somethings and discussing details while I strained to follow along.

Alston who is a few weeks post-MI is a hiking marvel...and Bruce is (as we knew already) a dynamo on the trail.

Bruce had a chance to channel his "inner Indiana Jones", i.e. with us he had time to poke around rather than finish another 20mi before midnite. Four hours in a car with Alston is four hours of entertainment.

Fun day.
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Apr 06 2015
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Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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cactuscat
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I enjoyed this hike very much!
20 mins up to the dwelling, 2 hours exploring the levels and top of the mesa.
Tons of pot shards and corncobs, and I saw my first snake of the year - a skinny, but very pretty and long gopher snake.
Then I went to West Clear Creek to cool off - water is still too cold for me, but it was nice to hike along. Saw some nice pools for swimming later in the summer, and some really nice trout.
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Oct 10 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking3.00 Miles 450 AEG
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This place is a real gem if you're into prehistoric sites. For starters, the amount of pottery shards is ridiculous. You start seeing them about halfway up. Pretty soon they're unavoidable. The cliff dwellings themselves are unique and interesting. I found plenty of corn cobs and grinding holes. There's a row of cliff dwellings behind a white boulder wall that you can't see from the highway. You have to squeeze past them to reach the mesa top. It's worth it too. The highpoint on the mesa is home to a very large pueblo, mostly with collapsed walls, but some are still standing. I walked the mesa for a bit, dodging countless pot shards, and found a solitary circular wall near the west end. The autumn breeze was refreshing so I went at my typically slow pace to soak it all up.
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Jan 03 2012
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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PrestonSands
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Lunch break hike. Went up to the cliff dwellings, then climbed up to the top of the mesa. On a high point on top of the mesa, just west of the cliff dwellings I located the remains of a sizable pueblo(?) with roughly 20 or more rooms. A fun place to explore.
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Jul 24 2010
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Camp Verde Cliff DwellingsCamp Verde, AZ
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ZCore13
Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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Fun hike, although a little too hot in July. This was our first ever hike with a climb included and my wife and I enjoyed it. Fairly easy most of the way, the last 50 yards to the actual cliff caves is a little tougher. You have to be in shape and not afraid of heights to make it all the way to the caves.

The recent rains seem to have eroded the top level of dirt of the last half of the trail, exposing pottery artifacts all over and around the trail. The caves themselves show signs of the old inhabitants, with smoke stained ceilings viewable in most of them.

What a view when you make it to the caves. You can definitely see why they chose to live in this difficult to get to spot. You can see for miles and nobody would be able to sneak up on them without them being completely prepared.

We did not attempt to go all the way to the top of the mountain above the caves. It didn't seem prudent for us at forty something. In my twenties maybe, but getting to the caves was rewarding enough.
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PrestonSands
Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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Explored these roadside ruins before heading home from Camp Verde. What appeared to be a system of numerous hand carved tunnels went deeper into the mountainside from the backs of most of the caves. This was an interesting place, and easy to access.
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Mar 22 2008
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Hiking1.32 Miles 450 AEG
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With Mike Mattes on a stop along the way back from Grand Falls...

The Cliff Dwellings had remarkable similarity to those on Nantac Rim near Point-of-Pines on the San Carlos Reservation. Does this indicate a Yavapai linkage?

http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=45249
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