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Feb 13 2021
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I’d driven by Agua Fria many times on I-17 and finally decided to check it out. I didn't have a chance to start researching any info about hiking options until the night before I planned to go, and I was surprised by how little is available online. Since BLM manages the site, it's not a typical national monument with well-marked trailheads and abundant visitor information, and even HAZ had very little in the way of GPS routes and directions. I like the more primitive nature of Agua Fria and was happy to see that specific details about the sites weren't readily available all over the internet, but it required some last-minute scrambling to figure out where I wanted to start on Saturday morning, and by the time I put together a plan for the Perry Tank Canyon and Rattlesnake Ruins, I still wasn't entirely sure exactly what I would see or if I'd actually identified the spots I wanted, so expectations were low going into the day.

We planned to park near Perry Windmill but ended up parking ~2.5 miles north at New Windmill because the road started to get rough and rutted. In hindsight, there was just one rough stretch before the road smoothed out again, so we could have continued to Perry Windmill without much trouble...good to know for next time. High clearance is needed, but 4x4 is not necessary as long as it's dry. From New Windmill, we hiked south/southwest across the the desert prairie toward the powerlines along the north rim of Perry Tank Canyon.

Just below the rim, we started to see petroglyphs, including some unique varieties that I'd never seen before. In two areas, we saw drawings where a rectangular background was etched out to form the shapes of human figures, creating dark figures against a lighter background. We'd read about the duck petroglyph and were excited when we found it on the side of a boulder. The body and feet of the duck were well-defined, but the head was a little faded. It wasn't until I got home and looked again at pictures on HAZ that I realized that the duck petroglyph we saw ( [ photo ] ) was not the same duck in the pictures that others have posted ( [ photo ] ), which means there are multiple duck petroglyphs out there. Based on descriptions, I think they're close to one another, but we didn't realize at the time that there was another one out there.

We started to see pottery shards nearby and went up higher on the rim to look for the ruins and soon found the main Perry Tank Canyon complex. As others have described, the site is overgrown and the walls are fairly deteriorated, but it was still an impressive spot, if for no other reasons than the number of rooms and the sheer quantity of artifacts. There was one small "respect the past" sign, but it was otherwise unmarked. There were so many pottery shards that it was impossible to look down anywhere in/around the ruins without seeing any, and some of the pieces were very large and made of thicker clay than I've seen at other sites. Some of the pieces were large enough that the curvature of the pot was visible, and we found some nice pieces with thicker edges that formed the top rims and/or the flatter bottoms of bowls or pots. There was also some variety in the colors, with some pieces formed from brighter red clay, some with flecks of brown/gold mixed in, and others with bands of lighter clay mixed in. [ youtube video ]

Just west of the large complex was a smaller set of multi-roomed pueblo ruins with more artifacts. There, we found an extremely smooth grinding stone and more pottery shards, including some large pieces with rims/edges of pots. I found one piece of pottery with part of a design painted in black on the clay--the only painted piece we came across. It felt like we could spend hours there and continue finding new things, but we wanted to do more exploring, so we eventually had to tear ourselves away. [ youtube video ]

We followed the north side of the rim to the east, looking for a flatter spot to cross over to the other side of Perry Tank Canyon. Along the way, we found what was likely another grinding stone, then another set of petroglyphs that included a "big-handed" figure that looked like it was waving. We found a good route down to cross the creek, which had some pools of water. As we scrambled up the boulders on the other side, we found two rock slicks where the natives did some grinding.

On the south side of the canyon, we headed in the general direction of Bob's Tank and started to see an increasing number of pottery shards on the ground, leading us to another complex of ruins. This site had a brown sign similar to the one at Perry Tank, but the writing was worn off. I assume this one was the Rattlesnake Ruins, but given the lack of information, I'm still not entirely sure.

We continued west past Bob's Tank, which was dry, and along the south rim out to a point jutting out into the canyon. The views looking east down Perry Tank Canyon were fantastic, but we didn't find any more ruins in that area. The sky was starting to get dark and the forecast had a chance of rain, so we decided to turn around there rather than continue exploring--driving out on the dirt roads would be "interesting" if it rained. We crossed the canyon at the same spot near the rock slicks, then connected with FR 9025 and caught a glimpse of Perry Windmill to the south as we headed in the opposite direction toward our starting point. The afternoon clouds and the shadows all over the Bradshaw Mountains and NE toward Prescott Nat'l Forest were fantastic.

We finished with a little under 10.5 miles and have plenty of reasons to return for another visit. It was a very nice into to Agua Fria, and I know we only scratched the surface of all the interesting things to see out there. And there's at least one more duck to find :).

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Feb 18 2020
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Easy hike to one of several major arch sites atop Perry Mesa. There are two fair-sized pueblos here, and these are dangerous places, with fallen walls and thick brush obscuring the ground. Best to take a look, but not wander too far in. The real attraction here is the canyon wall, adorned with all manner of impressive petroglyph, including an unequaled collection (in my experience) of large shaman glyphs. Shaman glyphs are anthropomorphs with exaggerated hands and feet, and reportedly denote religious figures. Then there are the duck glyphs that lend this site the popular nickname of Pueblo Pato (the duck house, or more comically, the quack house). Pretty long drive in, but accessible to all with high clearance vehicles -- no 4WD required.
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I thought it'd be worth a visit to the Pueblo Pato area (Perry Tank Canyon Ruin) to 1) visit some smaller satellite ruins that were clearly visible by satellite after the 2017 fire, and 2) walk some mesa edge I hadn't been to before.

The dirt roads in are in pretty good shape until the turn off west toward the New Windmill...that one is rougher than usual and the Grand Cherokee I passed was surprised a Subaru could do it.

I visited about 10 satellite ruins (one or two rooms) around the main ruin...easier to find with the GPS outlines I made after the fire revealed them. I continued north to another part of the mesa and to a smaller ruin I had been too before (approaching from Badger Springs).

On the way back I found the only "new stuff" of the day: an area with a bunch of agricultural rock piles and bedrock metates. Unexpected because they were on a featureless part of the mesa not really near anything. Nice to be out for an autumn stroll.
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Rattlesnake - Perry Tank Canyon Ruin LoopCamp Verde, AZ
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first, a tibber style intro:
a month ago, johnlp and i hiked up to perry mesa from the agua fria river
didn't know what to look for in such a vast area, so we didn't explore
we knew that hansenaz has spent a lot of time up there, so we (i) strongly hinted that we would enjoy going up there with him sometime
others chimed in, so steve graciously organized a hike for us
he picked a variation of this loop and we all met up for the long drive to the trailhead via bloody basin road
new country for me, and beautiful wide open spaces in the agua fria national monument
got going mid morning, heading first for perry windmill, then down along rattlesnake canyon
found plenty of petroglyphs, metates, a few manos, pottery sherds, and quartz flakes
arrived at the first set of ruins which were quite overgrown with cactus, agave and catsclaw
wandered down to bob's tank, then went back to the creek, where we had lunch at a pool
dropped down the creek to another pool below deepening canyon walls, then climbed out to the north
headed toward the power lines, eventually finding the other set of ruins, also quite overgrown
nice petroglyphs in this area, too
headed back across the mesa to the vehicles, and had snacks and beverages courtesy of angela
the drive seemed to go more quickly on the way back
enjoyed seeing more of this area, and hiking with some new folks
thanks for the ride in, steve, and for putting this together
a great sample of the area
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It's always nice to see a new area and meet new people. And to walk in the company of accomplished finders of all things historical.

Our group of eight flanked out scouring the route for glyphs, ruins, and artifacts while enjoying the uique landscape. We were not disappointed. Wonderful trip.

Thanks Hansenaz for the organizational effort and making the long drive to Perry Mesa. Nice to again see those I know and meeting those I didn't. Great group! :)
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Thanks Steve for putting this together. Thanks Wade for driving me and I was glad I got to enjoy the scenery by not driving. Thanks to Mike and Oli for spotting all sorts of cool stuff and staying behind with me a time or two and being excited for me that I found a somewhat obscure glyph all by myself :) . Mike gets the blue ribbon for the best glyph of the day though!

Now THAT was some rough off trail hiking, like atop Bluff Spring Mountain with the grass that hides the rocks that hides the cactus. And there was never a lasting moment of smooth hiking; quite the workout... kind of like hiking in sand. The day got off to a good start in the scenery department with a look-see at the windmill; it was short and stout and stocky but probably had to be to hold up those gigantic blades that were whirling around pretty fast.

We crossed to the southside of Perry Tank canyon and started heading west, no one sure of where we were going; well except Steve ;) . All we knew is that we were making a loop around part of this canyon/dry creek and would stop to visit some ruins and glyphs. I think it turned out much better than I imagined because we saw much more of what I expected with the first being an awesome glyph across the canyon that Mike found and most of us had to backtrack to see. And then back on our way until we got close to another rock cropping which had lots of glyphs and some metates scattered about as well.

Mike and Oli were like kids in a candy store as they went up, down, thru and around this area. Actually it was somewhat like hiking with a married couple as Oli would say come over here while Mike was still back investigating and photographing another site and Oli would say but this is better etc. They kept this enthusiasm up the entire time and this is from guys that see glyphs all the time. However, they were quite gracious in sharing their finds with me as I wander around a bit aimlessly. But all of a sudden we were separated from the rest of the group. I saw the rest of the group up on a ridge so started hiking that way, occasionally glancing around to see if there were glyphs on the rocky areas I would cross through.

I eventually caught up to the group as they were making their way to the first set of ruins. Really wasn't a lot there but there were the normal suspects of metates and manos and small rock walls and some glyphs and lots of sherds. The others went down to a lake that I didn't know was there as I arrived late so we then headed back, kind of the way we came but closer to the canyon cliff. I spotted a tank ahead but we would end up hiking past that but not before a stop at a rock outcropping were we saw lots more metates. The cloud cover was more deep now and it was windy and a tad chilly but as we headed back up the canyon and down toward the drainage, the wind seemed less.

We arrived at a pool of water where we had a quick break. I sat across from what I dubbed the glyph diver. There were quite a few glyphs on the wall at the other side of the pool.

Steve too would point out the less obvious where you could see a faint metate or glyph and told us about the agave gardens. Loved the info about the agave gardens that the Hohokam had made between settlements. I read:
The Hohokam moved volcanic rocks ranging in size from cobbles to boulders to the edge of the mesa. They heaped the rocks into piles and then planted agaves among them. No one knows for sure what advantages were to be gained from such techniques. It is suggested that the rock piles may have served to conserve precious moisture around the plants during the hot, dry summers or to provide a source of radiant heat during cold snaps in winter.

We then came upon the largest rooms of ruin that we would see. There were sherds everywhere. I walked all the way around before I realized no one else was really following. So I traced my steps back and saw Kelly on the ledge of the canyon. So I walked where she was at and then saw the others down on some other outcropping. I attempted to get down there but since the route wasn't obvious and others were crossing over below, I decided to give up on that venture.

As I was trying to get down to the area where everyone seemed to be heading I took a header :stretch: while trying to get over a rock and my face slid down a cane cholla cactus. Just not anything you can do when that motion begins. It's funny though as I try to recover from this type of event (2nd in two Sundays), it takes a bit to assess the situation and then arise to address it. In this case, the cholla needles sticking in my face. So I slowly felt around and removed the cholla as best I could and then started to head down to where Kelly was. I told her what happened and I think she pulled out a couple needles and then made me use her alcohol squares to my burning face which of course made it burn even more, ha!

Now Kelly kindly took me back to some glyphs they got to see as they had walked past where I had hiked down to at this point. Well that was a nice reward for my pain. Kelly stayed with me now until I crawled up off the canyon cliff side but not before seeing some more awesome glyphs. She got a great picture of me that I edited and posted up on FB; everybody loved my Vanna impersonation. It was a little tricky on this cliff side but we eventually got up to flat ground.

By this time, everyone realized Wade was MIA. I deduced right away that he had gone back to the jeep but I sent a text in case he had his phone with him. Wade was nursing a blistered foot from his 20 mile hike the past week. We eventually started to head back over this rocky terrain. Soon we would see Wade's jeep about 3/4 mile away. I considered hiking over to the jeep, there's beer, but johnlp said it was further than it looked so I continued with the rest of the gang as we looked for the road veering left, then right, then under a fence until finally we saw the vehicles.

And though the miles were few, the terrain a bit rugged, we got to see so much stuff :y: . Much more than I anticipated; such a rich ruin, metate, petroglyph, scenic environment. Thank you Steve, it was awesome! Good to hike with johnlp, trekkin gecko and Wade and Thx to Kelly for helping me out. Nice to meet the new folks too. I also got a nice education today.

Awh yes, the videos. Well I just finished with Dome Panorama videos so I'm probably a week away from posting videos for this event. 3-16-2016 and here are your videos:
the drive, Perry Tank Creek, the glyphing begins https://youtu.be/-8 ... qbTM
continuing down canyon, first set of ruins https://youtu.be/fC ... v7jo
to the pool, down the creek to the tank https://youtu.be/h3 ... Qx0Y
from the tank to the main ruins https://youtu.be/vF ... F2P4
main ruins and cliffside​ https://youtu.be/NJ ... YRrI
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The pups and I woke up early and went on a short hike along Tangled Creek. We made it back to camp and hung out with the group. After breakfast, parts of the group started heading back to civilization. 3 of the other drivers where interested in following me to some sites along Bloody Basin Rd. I'M guessing we left camp around 10am. We stopped off at a Stone Cabin, interesting water corral and 2 ruin sites. Only one other friend went with me to Perry Tank.
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Loop hike from Badger Springs: down BS wash, up the Agua Fria, up onto Perry Mesa and looped back using some jeep roads. Visited a couple of ruins and glyph sites up on the mesa.
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We did a car camp and explore on Perry Mesa. The first day we set out to go to the trailhead but my map wasn't the most up-to-date so we tried the old road to get to the New Windmill. Not a good idea in an Outback. After some investigation on a laptop, we discovered the correct road which of course is well documented on HAZ and I had read it but had not realized it didn't jive with my map. We turned around and went the correct way.

Anyway, we saw many petroglyphs and a few of the rooms from a pueblo.

Had an excellent time in camp :)
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I stopped in on my walk back from the Big Deer Petroglyph site. Two reasons for my 4th (!) visit: 1) I noticed a 3rd cluster of ruins on the satellite picture that I hadn't been to and 2) I still hadn't found the famous duck petroglyph and I was feeling lucky.

This 3rd ruin, a few hundred yards further away from the cliff edge than the other two seems to be slightly less collapsed with a little bit of building workmanship there to be seen. And I continued below the rim and did find the duck glyph!...a successful day.
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The road gets a little sketchy but its not too rocky and I made it to within a few hundred yards of Perry Windmill in a Subaru. It's a pretty remote area so I was surprised to see a mini-convoy of 5 or 6 heavier duty vehicles farther along the road ahead of me. When I caught up with them later I found it was the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society out on a monthly exploration.

I had planned to just contour around the south side of the canyon and see what I could find. I was very happy to find many petroglyphs (though mostly faded) and many, many smooth areas in the stone where food was ground in the distant past. I made a couple attempts to find actual ruins but no dice...after getting home and looking at my path on Google Earth it looks like I must have skirted two ruin areas. I should have looked harder.

When I reached a path of disturbed grass I took it down into the canyon and caught up with the Historical Society folks. They must have known where they were going because it was a very nice area at the bottom with pools, many (faded) glyphs, and the most intact ruin I've seen in the area. I continued down the canyon for a while seeing only the occasional petroglyph so I headed up the other side so I could walk over to the Perry Tank Canyon Ruins. Its a pretty easy walk to the power towers and on to the ruins. I've been there a couple times recently so I skipped the excellent petroglyphs below the rim and just poked around the perimeter on top. There's plenty to see but the highlight really is the well preserved petroglyphs below.

I headed cross country toward my car completing the loop. Though 100deg in Phoenix it wasn't too bad on the Mesa...about 8deg cooler. I enjoyed the loop and stumbling across interesting stuff.
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I figured it was too warm for hiking so I thought I'd take the back roads to get close to this site and then just poke around for fun. Compared to my previous trip I noticed more flaked stone edges and found a few more petroglyphs.

Again I walked the south edge of the spur canyon north of this site but didn't find anything more than a few pieces of pottery (which you can also find out in the middle of the mesa...it's everywhere). It was about 8deg cooler on Perry Mesa than in Phoenix...

I add this postscript a few days later: scratching about 10 (likely) chigger bites along my sock line....I don't see any other reference to chigger bites on HAZ...perhaps others blame similar on poison ivy?
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I ran into a few problems finding this place, so here's what I learned. The Forest Road designations are obsolete, replaced with (impossible to remember) 4 digit descriptions. 11 miles from I-17 turn right at the roadside "kiosk" for the National Monument. Continue on that dirt road (high clearance recommended) for about a mile through the corral and two cattle grates, and then continue another ca. 0.4 mi until there is a road to the right. It's another 2mi to the windmill. It is recommended to park at the windmill and walk (though the road continues further). Walking from the windmill, I headed along the continuing road for a few hundred yards before angling right to crest the ridge/mesa top. Once I c rested and could see ahead, I took a WSW bearing which pointed me toward the distant Bradshaw Range Hill with the Rhyolite band near the top. Walking that direction across the open mesa, eventually I saw paired High Voltage towers in the distance. It turns out the ones on a line with the banded hill are NOT the right ones...you want the pair to the right, the last pair before the gorge (though you don't know that til you get closer). I didn't see any numbers on the towers.

In reality I didn't find the right road to the windmill but instead took a different road which went right just after the corral but before the cattle grates. This is not a good road and I ended up parking a mile short of the windmill. My posted distance reflects the longer approach and some wandering around the ruins. The GPS route I post reflects my windmill to ruin route...if you bear toward the correct towers you can get there more directly.

The other triplogs are correct in that the ruin walls are crumbled and overgrown with vegetation and the petroglyphs are the highlight. I ran into a couple there who were quite knowledgeable about the ruin and glyphs having been there several times before (BTW they got there via ATV). They were curious about how I got the information to find the place and were initially guarded, but they did give me a few tips on where to look for petroglyphs.

I'm sure I only saw a small fraction (just judging by photos posted on HAZ) but what I saw was impressive. I made a half-hearted effort to find the supernova glyph but I had little time and had to get back.
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Dec 13 2009
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2009
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
500 ft AEG
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Third time here. Today was really stormy and wet. We trudged through thick mud all the way there and back.
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Nov 27 2009
Randal_Schulhauser
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2009
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   6 Hrs      0.67 mph
500 ft AEG
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gpsjoe
Grasshopper
Another dawn to dusk reconnaissance mission searching for Perry Mesa�s Ancient �Seven Cities� � this time out with GPSJoe and Grasshopper. Breakfast at Rock Springs Caf� and dinner at the Bad Ass BBQ. :) :) :)

You are looking for APS tower 219 and a very faint trail that will lead you to the ruins
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Nov 27 2009
Grasshopper
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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2009
Grasshopper
Hiking3.00 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.33 mph
350 ft AEG
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gpsjoe
Randal_Schulhauser
A fun day exploring in our Agua Fria National Monument on the Perry Mesa with HAZ- Randal Schulhauser and gpsjoe.

We explored the surrounding areas of Perry Tank Canyon Ruins searching for any additional ruin sites and pictographs. We found one possible site and a few minor pictographs. A fun morning exploring one of the Perry Mesa "Seven Ancient Cities"- the Pueblo La Plata Ruins, and a fun afternoon exploring the Perry Tank Canyon area for more.. :)
Flora
Flora
Hedgehog Cactus
Culture
Culture
Windmill
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Apr 24 2009
hhwolf14
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42 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2009
hhwolf14
Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
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500 ft AEG
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Beautiful day. The ruin is not as well preserved as some, but there are potsherds everywhere, a rare sight. The petroglyphs make for a fun rock-hopping hunt.
Fauna
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Pronghorn
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jan 31 2009
topohiker
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 Guides 14
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Perry Tank Canyon RuinsCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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topohiker
Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
500 ft AEG
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This was a fun day. There was more ruins exploring than hiking. We parked the car by the windmill and as we got out, we saw three coyotes running in the distance.
We took the scenic 'bushwhack' route to the ruins. I punched in the GPS coordinates for the ruins and followed it. The bushwhack was pretty easy. The terrain was almost flat and it looked like the mid-west prairies. After about 15 minutes a saw a herd (about 60 ~ 70) of antelope running in the distance. It was a rare site to see that many antelope running. They would run then stop to regroup and run again. We got to ruins and they were not that impressive. Most of the walls were down but, it was one of the biggest sites I've seem (about 150 rooms). There was a pottery shards everywhere. The impressive thing was petroglyphs. We took the side trail down and was amazed at the amount and quality of the glyphs. We were searching for the Pueblo Pato (quack house) plyph. I was climbed up and down the canyon walls looking for it, but he eluded us. After much searching we decided to leave and check out the Squaw Creek ruins. On the way back we took the jeep road back and it made for a nice walk back to the car. I'll be posting pics of the glyphs and a Squaw Creek ruins.
Fauna
Fauna
Pronghorn
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