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Pueblo La Plata Ruins - 8 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 04 2017
SteveHall
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29 male
 Joined Jan 05 2016
 Cave Creek, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2017
SteveHall
Hiking2.10 Miles 150 AEG
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Pueblo La Plata is about 10 miles from I-17 into the Agua Fria National Monument. When you first arrive and start down the trail, you would not know there was a ruin there if it weren't for the signs. It just looks like a big mound of dirt from a distance. Once you reach the base of the ruin you the first thing you are likely to spot are pot shards, a lot of them! There were several rocks where previous hikers had set a collection of shards, and yet there were still thousands of pieces covering a large area around the ruin.

The ruin itself is 80 rooms and most of the walls are pretty well intact with nice corners and doorways. Though the whole thing has been taken over by weeds and plants. It is located a ways back from the edge of the canyon on both sides and has views in all directions.

I followed a side trail (if you can even call it a trail) over the right canyon and enjoyed the view for a few minuets. Just as I was turning around to head back up the trail some shapes caught my eye. A few feet from were I was standing were a few boulders that had some very faint petroglyphs on them. These were carved deep, and were nearly the same color as the rest of the boulders so I figure they are quite old. The hardest one to see was a foot print on the far left side of the panel. After finding this, I think to my self there have to be more like this, so I start hiking along the ridge with my eyes on the boulders. After 3/4 of a mile or more I couldn't find any more glyphs, so I headed back toward the ruin. This time I just walked straight through the knee high grass hoping I didn't come across a rattle snake. Just about 20-30 yards before reaching the ruin I come to a small boulder with more glyphs on it. Glad I stumbled on these two glyphs by accident. I am sure there are more in the area, but there were so many boulders, it would take a while to search them all. Maybe next time I will find them.
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Sep 12 2015
cabel
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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cabel
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Jun 19 2015
peach107
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 prescott valley,
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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peach107
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Nov 16 2014
Droog
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42 male
 Joined Jul 01 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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Droog
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My 2 wheel drive truck made it past silver creek and up to the top of the mesa. I would not try this in anything without high clearance and not after a rain. We parked next to the tanks before the ruins to check for any signs of quail, rabbit...anyway a short hike in was the official entrance to the site. The sign was empty, BLM is aware. At first we thought the ruins were what looked like two abandoned tanks right next to the parking area. Luckily the real trail was found through the over grown grass. We walked around the ruins which looked pretty substantial. Side note: Buy drone. The walls in the center were easily 5-6 feet and the outlying rooms were 3-4 feet with plenty of evidence that there was more buried. Shards and flakes were everywhere even in the trail. Walk softly. I searched the perimeter for petroglyphs but could find any. I will be out on the monument again after searching google maps and locating several similarly interesting sites. I may need to borrow some 4x4 or stay overnight for a few.
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Feb 01 2014
Hansenaz
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 Joined Apr 06 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Pueblo LaPlata Ruins and vicinity, AZ 
Pueblo LaPlata Ruins and vicinity, AZ
 
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Hansenaz
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Planned an easy day doing some odds and ends on Perry Mesa. Good thing because as I approached Pueblo LaPlata I was flagged down my a nice young fellow who had got his truck stuck door deep in the nearby stock pond. I hung around with him for close to two hours til a jeep came by and got him out.

While waiting near the LaPlata turn-off on the Bloody Basin Rd. I wandered around and found a few free range petroglyphs.

I wasn't expecting much from LaPlata: it's the easiest Perry Mesa ruin to access and the only one that is sign posted...so it probably gets at least 10X the number of visitors the others do. But I was surprised to find it is a nice ruin: very large with many well articulated rooms, and a lot of well preserved walls visible. My guess is that this reflects some extensive professional excavation and little damage from visitors. Only difference here was that visitors had gathered up much of the pottery pieces into displays for others to see.

I walked around the mesa and did find a petroglyph area on a south-facing cliff band and another smallish ruin structure. The fort was disappointing - mainly a single wall and less impressive than other nearby ones. The location looking over Silver Creek is impressive though.

I had enough time to drive over toward Bishop Creek and find a small ruin there. Small rock pile, a pottery concentration, and a single petroglyph.

Always a worthwhile day on Perry Mesa.
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Nov 03 2013
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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burntlizard
Birding3.00 Miles 150 AEG
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Headed up for some solitude and culture - stayed for the birds, more specifically, the Sparrows. I ID at least 7 species and maybe one or two more. If you head up in the next week, look out for the deer hunters, next weekend looks busy up here, in fact one dude was camping in the TH parking lot - of course, he looked at me like I was the idiot :gun:

The road was a lot worse than I remember, many areas are just exposed rock, with deep ruts Make sure you have decent tires and high clearance.
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Mar 30 2013
Nightstalker
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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Nightstalker
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Took the Jeep out with my friends Dan and his brother Justin. Large ruin site with many rooms. We found no petroglyphs, but lots of broken pottery bits. Hardly any cactus in site!! Great views of Silver Creek Canyon.
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Mar 16 2013
hlausten
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 Joined Aug 24 2012
 Chandler, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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hlausten
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Had a great time driving up to Pueblo La Plata with Pete from The Friends of the Aqua Fria National Monument. This was part of the Archaeology Expo and was well worth the trip. Had to use a High Clearance Vehicle, though I would recommend a 4X4 if headed up when there is chance or has been rain. You can definitely see where the mud puddles are and some look impossible to get out of. It was a very short walk from the parking area to the ruins. This is a 80-90 room pueblo and has a ton of artifacts surrounding the area.
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Feb 28 2013
Stoic
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 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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I was going to add Badger Springs Hike to today's agenda. Something came up, so I was only able to do Pueblo La Plata.
Nice cool day for a hike. I hiked to the west ridge, and followed it to a fence on the North Eastern ridge. Then i hiked back to the ruins, and then looped to the Southern Ridge.
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Jan 08 2012
cabel
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 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
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cabel
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Sep 24 2011
burntlizard
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 Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
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This was a nice find although, the road was really rough(0n 9123). The actual turn off for 9123 is 8.3 miles from I-17, not the 9.8 mentioned in the summary. This is a typical ruin of stacked rocks, but the amount of geologic and archeological eye candy is awesome. I walked North of the main ruin and enjoyed the Agua Fria gorge and views. I could only imagine what life was like 1200 years ago.
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Dec 12 2010
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Squaw Creek RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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mazatzal
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Explored the ruins and petroglyphs at Squaw Creek, Brooklyn group and Silver Creek.
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Dec 08 2009
hhwolf14
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 Loveland, CO
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hhwolf14
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Muddy trek out to the main pueblo, which is well preserved, with lots of potsherds in and around the ruin. Also headed out to the fort on the western tip. The road is in great shape, no problems navigating. Total milage includes a side trip to Black Mesa ruins, which is quite the bushwhack, but very sweet to see so many intact and tall walls. Nice and easy hiking, perfect for flu recovery!!
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Nov 27 2009
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 Mesa, AZ
Pueblo La Plata RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
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Great day on Perry Mesa with 2 of HAZ's finest.
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Nov 27 2009
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
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Another dawn to dusk reconnaissance mission searching for Perry Mesa�s Ancient "Seven Cities" - this time trekking with GPSJoe and Grasshopper. Breakfast at Rock Springs Cafe and dinner at the Bad Ass BBQ. :) :) :)

First time up on Perry Mesa without a pronghorn sighting... :( :( :(
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Nov 27 2009
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Grasshopper
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Little did I know that north of Phoenix on the east side of Hwy 17 past the Sunset Rest Stop and south of Cordes Junction, resides the 71,000 acre AGUA FRIA NATIONAL MONUMENT(created by Pres. Bill Clinton in YR2000) spread over a high mesa and split down the middle by the upper Agua Fria River canyon. Within this national monument are the now documented Perry Mesa Ancient "Seven Cities"(13th to mid 15th century) with rooms numbering between 100 to 300 once supporting a thriving culture. This one of seven cities, the "Pueblo La Plata Ruins" is estimated to have had between 120 to 160 rooms, some two story.

My first time to this very interesting Perry Mesa area. My thanks to our renown HAZ ancient ruins historian/explorer- Randal Schulhauser, and our confirmed HAZ route finder- gpsjoe!

Our day started out with a nice breakfast at the famous Rock Springs Cafe and ended with an all you can eat Friday night at the Bad Ass Bar-B-Que and Steak House in Black Canyon City.. good food, good exploring, and fun HAZ people to share with.. another amAZing day it was to be outside! :y:
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