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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring Petroglyphs - 11 members in 26 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 29 2020
jacobemerick
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 Gilbert, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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jacobemerick
Hiking6.79 Miles 566 AEG
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Hike w/ kiddos. Trail was beautiful, great desert area, and plenty of flowers to slow down the pace. Petroglyphs were amazing. Was a bit disappointed in Indian Spring, there were puddles in the rock tanks and washes the entire hike, but the bedrock proper looked to be maybe a foot deep? I didn't explore enough to see if there was a huge puddle hiding further back. The distance turned out to be right at my kid's limit with the exposure, they were asleep five minutes into the long drive home.

Oh, and the drive was decent - Centennial had a few sluffs to slow down around, Pipeline had several thousand sandy washes to bounce over, and the final forest road was great except for the jug around 1731', which my 2WD was able to handle with a bit of coaxing. I think an adventurous sedan could make it all the way to 1731', which is a stone's throw from the trailhead. Also, there was a small army parked along the forest road in the morning, complete with contractor trailers and a helo, who were doing maintenance on the water tanks back there. Good people. Finally, only saw one couple on trail all the day #socialdistancing
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Courthouse Rock Indian Spring

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"bedrock" tank had a foot of cool water up the side drainage
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Jan 25 2020
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Eagletail Mountains WanderSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Came back for arches hunting...success. And a quick flyby on the rock art. I love this place and its Solitude!!! I guess I'll be exploring here until the heat drives me out.
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Jan 23 2020
caragruey
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
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caragruey
Hiking6.68 Miles 490 AEG
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We set off for a light adventure around 9ish. Found heaps and never ending heaps of glyphs. Unfortunately we didn't get the time for the two arches. They must wait for the weekend!
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Feb 02 2019
Nightstalker
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking7.20 Miles 835 AEG
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Had the full harem join me today for a long drive into the west valley to knock off one of my wish list hikes. Comfortable temps and overcast skies made the hike out and back to the petroglyphs pleasant and allowed us to take in the beautiful surroundings. Driving the Jeep in, the only rough parts were on the pipeline road and one short section on the road from the pipeline to the trailhead. The directions in the description were spot on and easy to follow. We spent a good bit of time scouting around the glyphs and Indian Spring before returning the way we came in. Concrete mixers at Culvers in Buckeye afterwards!
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Nov 17 2018
thirstylizard
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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thirstylizard
Hiking9.64 Miles 567 AEG
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West Side Story...

A few jets overhead and (land) sharks on the ground. We managed an exclusive showing of the Eagletails. While it is easy to be a soloist on this trail, a duet is nice so someone can take photos of you on a grand stage, with a backdrop so beautiful, you will be singing “I feel pretty, oh so pretty!”

Follow the written driving directions for the trailhead as a digital vortex must exist as you near La Paz County. Cairns guide you through a flat trail ending at the canvas wall. Meander up and down and scout around for petroglyphs and other life forms. Fully exposed trail so better done in cooler temperatures. Higher clearance vehicle preferred although I have seen some Corollas in unexpected places.
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Oct 22 2017
TheNaviG8R
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 Mesa, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 490 AEG
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Oct 14 2017
Hansenaz
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking8.73 Miles 1,229 AEG
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My wife and I made a first trip to the Eagletails with a couple "guides". We walked the Ben Avery trail around Courthouse Butte but then mainly went cross country through the nice open desert toward Indian Springs.

We started finding petroglyphs as we got nearer the Springs and when we got to that area we toured the cliffbands looking at thousands of petroglyphs. These are mainly of the archaic style meaning they are simple geometric patterns probably a couple thousands years old. The bedrock in the creek bottom here had many mortar holes left by these people.

We walked a ways further down the wash and noticed more glyphs that looked newer, probably from later inhabitants.

We saw four small deer go over the hill on the way back - the wildlife management and watering is working here. Nice area, the drive in was no trouble for my Subaru.
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Jan 25 2017
Alston_Neal
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Alston_Neal
Hiking8.30 Miles 680 AEG
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As much as we wander the Eagletails, it's been a few years since we visited the petros. I had heard about the 500 cupules wall in a crevice and was curious to find them. Very interesting, I wonder if it is for counting something. Saw a mountain lion that was about 80 feet away and then poof.....it disappeared into the desert. Beautiful animal. We never tire of the Eagletails, just something about them.
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Jan 01 2017
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking7.30 Miles 850 AEG
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Headed west hoping to avoid the rain... worked out great: no rain once we got to the Eagletails :) saw two javelina on the way. Lots of water and a few of the washes across the road were flowing but all were okay to cross.

We took the Ben Avery trail to Indian Springs and admired the petroglyphs on both sides of the hill and some more a little into the canyon. On the return we took the short detour to AZGFD water tank. Saw a mountain lion monitoring camera at the tank, Great trip to start of 2017.
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Feb 14 2016
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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chumley
Hiking7.51 Miles 561 AEG
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After a day exploring the northern end of the Eagletails, I decided to hit the tourist circuit. It's an easy hike out to the historic Indian Spring area and the rock art does not disappoint. Looks like the spring box at Indian Spring has dried up permanently, but I was happy to find water in a narrow slot of bedrock in the side drainage just below the springbox. I'm sure it dries up in summer, but I think it also holds water for a surprisingly long time. It is 100% shaded.

Detoured to 726 on the way back, another AZGFD engineered wildlife watering tank. Busy day in the wilderness -- saw two other people. No sheep today. :( Great area.
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Spring box was totally dry and appears that it is permanently out of commission. But 100 feet up the side drainage just below the springbox was a cold deep pool of water in bedrock that appears that it would hold water much of the year.

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Reservoir tank under the shade structure was full to the top.
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking10.77 Miles 784 AEG
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Had not been hiking much in the last two weeks due to a family medical situation. Finally got out today, despite refrigerator needing attention. I was starting to feel bloated, so I had to get out anyway, and thanx to my wife staying behind I was able to. :kf:

When we travel west on I-10, we usually stop at the rest stop west of Tonopah. I've never had occasion to use the stalls until today. :o It was so vile, I turned around at the Salome Rd exit to hit the east bound stop on the opposite side of I-10. It was marginally better. Luckily, I had a large bottle of alcohol cleanser in my emergency kit, and I liberally swabbed the seat. After I was done, I repeated the liberal swabbing on my nether regions to hopefully kill off any cooties. I really feel for you gals that have to use those! Still, it was not as bad as the outhouse on the Cree reservation in northern Canada, nor the latrine at the Pakistani infantry battalion in Bosnia. :scared:

Now heading east, instead of doubling back on I-10, I got off at Tonopah, taking Indian School Rd. -- you read that correctly -- west to the Salome Rd. exit, where I followed the default driving instructions to the trailhead. The easy dirt ends after seven miles, at the first wilderness sign, which currently also has a port-a-potty. Wish I'd know that earlier. :| Couldn't be any worse than the rest stop. From there, I split right on the pipeline road. For a SUV, it was no problem, though speed generally needs to be kept to 20 mph or less. Cars could do it, but watch out for sand in the washes and sometimes small ledges entering/exitting the washes. There is a graffiti'd tank at 3 miles, after which the road actually gets smoother. At four miles, at the second wilderness sign, turn left on the trailhead road. The road curves around a small hill. If I were driving a car, I would stop just short of the hill. It's only another half mile to the trailhead / wilderness boundary / third wilderness sign.

I went clockwise around Courthouse Rock, checking out a "rain apron" (learned a new word), and several old mines. Only found one identifiable shaft, and it was mostly collapsed in. The ocotillo on the east side of Courthouse Rock were flowering more abundantly than those on the west of the formation. Some were stunning. There were some small purple flowers, but mostly it was brittlebush and creosote providing what color there was. There were no clouds, and no shade. The jeep trail I was on began curving away from my intended route (wrabbitdog's uploaded route), so I began cutting west across washes towards the "official" route. The washes are not big, but the constant up & down is slow & tiring. I would not have wanted to continue on wrabbitdog's route. Eventually, I found a cairned foot trail, following that the rest of the way to the petroglyph zone.

Not sure where, exactly, the petroglyphs were, I first checked out a small canyon a few hundred yards northeast of the small, dark hill. I found one small panel, but more importantly, I found shade. I ate lunch and cooled off. Then I began working my way towards the small hill. I started on it east edge, working counter-clockwise. I began encountering extensive panels on its northwest corner, and the petroglyphs continued around to the southern side. Despite looking for snakes, I failed to see one which gave me a "Hey, I'm over here, please don't come closer rattle." (As opposed to a angrier sound, it just felt more like a friendly warning -- if that makes sense? -- and perhaps from a smaller snake.) Whoever did the petroglyphs really liked their checkerboard shapes. I also found some samples from the, presumably, 1920s and 30s. I then checked, with no success, a half mile up the canyon southeast of the small hill.

Hot flashing once I stood up too quick, it was time to head back. I followed the old jeep trail, following it left (northwest) where it crossed the wash, sloping up. It appeared to be curling away from the trailhead's direction, so I dropped back into the wash, following it a bit, before picking up another cairned old jeep trail back to the trailhead. (Turns out, the old jeep trail I started back on, and the one I finished on, are the same.) It was 91° when I finished.

I used some ice in a sandwich bag to ice down my sun burnt neck & head as I drove back on the pipeline road. When I got back to Harquhala Valley Rd., rather than turning left towards I-10, I continued east on paved Courthouse Rd. After a brief stop in Tonopah, I stayed on that same road, and Baseline Rd., all the way into Buckeye. Wierdest thing all day was spotting a taxi (!) 12 miles west of Tonopah on that little country road. :-s

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Jan 23 2015
wrabbitdog
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Ben Avery-Indian Spring / Courthouse circuit, AZ 
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wrabbitdog
Hiking8.68 Miles 380 AEG
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We live in Alaska and my wife and I left the kids with friends and headed down to AZ for a long weekend. We stayed in Tonopah at the El Dorado Hot Springs, which was pretty cool - a bit pricey, but filled to the brim with hot mineral water and stories about other guests and the 'volunteers' running the place. One of the nice parts was that we were only 10 miles east on I-10 from the road to the Ben Avery Trailhead.

The description on the main page to get to the trailhead was perfect. There was no way we would have found the trailhead without these great directions. We had a Jeep Liberty rental car, and we got to the trailhead pretty easily. There were a few sketchy parts on the pipeline access road, and we probably would have been in deep doodoo if we had run into trouble with the rental car, but I'm used to driving on poor roads so we didn't have any problems. The other gravel roads up to the first Eagle Tail sign and the pipeline road were in great condition.

The trail was in great shape. We fairly quickly wound up in the wash about a mile or so into the trail, and after deciding that it wasn't as much fun as walking on the beach (because there was no ocean), decided to go overland. Because we had the route map on my cellphone, going off trail was no problem and worked out GREAT for us! The only problem with the mobile app was that I didn't realize I would have to cache the map to view it when we were out there without cell service. It wasn't a huge deal, though, since we still had the GPS route on the phone, so it would have been absolutely impossible to get lost. Having the GPS route was enough even without the topographic map.

The hiking was very easy - we had great weather, with temps around 66 and good sun (we really need our vitamin D from the sun during the winter)

We found the large wall with petroglyphs before getting to the spring and decided to have lunch. We wandered around the face before walking around to the right and up behind the large wall. We wandered around on top of the hill before walking down the other side where the spring was. It was a bit of a climb to get down and then up into the spring which is not as hard to find as I had presumed. There is an old signpost in the wash that probably led to the spring.

After taking more pictures, we headed back towards the trailhead, and decided to again avoid the wash. We walked up the valley directly opposite the spring and hugged the side of the mountain as we paralleled the trail which was in the wash. We found a few large rocks with more petroglyphs that probably aren't seen by many folks due to their distance from the trail.

Having some wilderness experience, we spread out and wandered the hillside on the way back to avoid making a trail. I do wonder about the fence that ran perpendicular to the trail here. We also crossed this fence in the wash on the way out. I presume that there are still some nearby cattle, and the fence is there to protect some resource, but was surprised to find a fairly well-maintained fence in the middle of a lower-48 Wilderness area. Since we're talking about Wilderness, I did want to bring up the topic of ethics and access here. I am in a quandary, since I typically consider myself more of a 'purist'. IMHO, Wilderness areas shouldn't have designated trails and even this website and ability to share routes and specific notes runs the risk of causing long term damage to specific areas. I was VERY happy to see no recent trash (we did find and remove a few VERY OLD soda cans that had probably been there long enough to be considered relics) and minimal graffiti near the petroglyphs (although any graffiti is too much) I greatly appreciate the ability to share stories, routes, and notes, and hope that others who read this description share my desire to keep this land as 'wild' as it can be for as long as possible. The fact that an area as wild and beautiful as this is very untrammeled, despite being so close to a major city, is a true testament to the outdoor ethics of Arizonans! GREAT JOB! I only wish we could train my fellow Alaskans to treat our land with as much respect as I observed in AZ.

Once we got close to Courthouse rock, we decided that we had enough time to circumnavigate the rock and avoid the trail on the way back to the trailhead. This was a pretty easy add-on and gave a neat perspective of this great mountain. Check out our route if you're interested. We took a ton of breaks along the way and the whole trip took 5 1/2 hours and wound up being almost 9 miles. The entire time after leaving the pavement we saw a total of two other people, and they were driving a side-by-side ATV on the pipeline road near 557th and Centennial Road (you'll know the intersection when you get there). We saw some planes, and on our way out a camper near the small stock tank near the trailhead, but other than the fence we didn't see any improvements and had a great Wilderness experience!

Wildlife seen:
Mule deer on the far side of courthouse rock
tarantula south of the trail at about the midway point
underwater snails in Indian Spring
2 Cows in the valley just North of the spring and petroglyphs
Tons of little lizards
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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I took the long drive out and did the Ben Avery trail to Indian Springs Petroglyphs. This is in the Eagletail Mountains which kind of remind me of the Goldfields in Mesa. Maybe it is the yellowish/green lichen on the sides?

Anyway it is a nice area and I spent a bunch of time roaming around exploring. Honestly I could probably spend the whole day out there climbing and checking things out. After studying the Petroglyphs at Indian Springs I turned back. Rather than going straight to the trailhead however, I decided to go West on an old Jeep track. This took me across the desert floor past a big game tank. Then the former road continued on and eventually faded out and stopped at a wash. I continued to climb and explore and found a cool rock with a couple large holes in it. It is listed on the topo map as the "natural arch".

After that I headed back and on the return I couldn't help but wonder if it would be possible to climb to the summit of Courthouse Rock? If so it would be quite the climb. That will be saved for another day as there wasn't much day light left. Cool place but a long drive for me!
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Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
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Nice hike. The puppies and I, went about 1 1/4 miles past the first petroglyph stones. You do see some occasional petroglyths from time to time.
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mazatzal
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Took the BA trail to Indian Springs and admired the petroglyphs on both sides of the hill and some more a little into the canyon. We then went over to the windows and cross country to the track back past the watering hole.
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Completed the hike fro a second time with Herman to the true petrogyph site. :sweat:
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Hiking5.85 Miles 380 AEG
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A 215 mile day trip with Fabian and Skippy.

I've been curious about this rock art site for some time. This was my first trip into the Eagletail Wilderness and we probably didn't hit the main TH. We took a double-tracked side road from the gas pipeline road at mile 3.0 from Centenial Road and ended up at a man-made game watering hole. We followed a game trail from the watering hole over to the wash/trail on the north side of Courthouse Rock. The rock art has elements similar to Sears Point and Antelope Hill. If you want isolation, maybe check this site out. If you want significant clusters of petroglyphs, may I recommend;

1. Sears Point
http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=868

2. Picacho Mountains
http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=860
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Directions: From Phoenix, I-10 West about 60 miles to Exit 81. Turn left (south) onto harquahala valley road. Road will "dog leg" before proceeding due south. Go about five miles south to a cross road- see Courthouse road on the left, Centenial Road on your right. Turn right onto Centenial Road. Proceed SEVEN miles (some sources report five miles but the correct distance is SEVEN).

At approx seven miles, you will come to a fork in the road. This fork is an interesection of three roads- a right fork, a left fork and a left turn. You will see a BLM kiosk for the Eagle Tail Wilderness Area just ahead on the left fork, however, proceed on the right fork. The right fork is the long straight road along a high pressure natural gas distribution line.

Proceed past a small set of gas pipes on the right, and past/between two small fenced gas control areas about a mile or so later. Continue on this fork for four miles to a left turn- at this road, you will see a "Eagletail Wilderness Area" sign. Proceed approx. 1.5 miles to a trailhead with a typical bulletin board, parking lot and entrance through a fence. Courthouse rock and the Eagletail spires can be seen at this point as well.

Road conditions: As of this writing, a 4WD vehicle is not necessary to access this trailhead. If you are concerned about whether this trail can be accessed without a SUV or other high clearance vehicle, it is possible to access with a sedan or other lower clearance vehicle if you are willing to park a little further away from the trailhead and walk in.
Specifically:
Harquahala Valley Road going south is paved.
Centenial Road is a hard packed, well graded dirt road and in great shape.
After the left fork onto the gas pipeline road noted above, the road is not as graded but still fairly well packed dirt with a few short patches of soft, deep sand- keep your speed up going through them and you should be fine.
If you want to attempt this with a sedan, the last 1.5 miles on the road leading into the wilderness area is where you will want to keep an eye out for a place to park. The last half mile will definately require high clearance. Merely proceed until the road ahead appears too much for your vehicle to handle and park. This hike is worth the effort.

From the trailhead, hike on the trail in a southwest direction from the gate. After a mile or so, the trail will decend into a wash. The wash will snake around various directions, continuing in a general southwest direction. The trail will reach a barbed-wire gate. Shortly after going through the gate, the path will rise onto a broad ridge. The trail will continue to wind around and look for the distinct image of the eagletails as you begin to observe directly at them. After another 3/4 mile, you will decend into another wash. Follow that wash until it opens in a clearing and eventually take a sharp left. This is Indian Springs, where the petroglyphs begin along the high walls and cliffs. A little further down, there is ample shade. There are also some circular holes carved into hard rock- perhaps used for grinding of grains in the ancient times (?). They seem too symmetrical to be natural.

After enjoying the petroglyphs along the canyon, you can continue down another mile or two to a fork in the wash. Take the left fork and you'll continue through the ridge. The right fork continues almost due south out the other side of this ridge.

There are no water sources anywhere in the area, including the trailhead, so bring plenty of your own.
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average hiking speed 2.2 mph
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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