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Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop Trail - 3 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 05 2021
John10s
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37 male
 Joined Mar 01 2018
 Chandler, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2021
John10s
Hiking0.31 Miles 32 AEG
Hiking0.31 Miles      16 Mns   1.24 mph
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After a loop hike at Elden Mountain, we made a quick stop at the ruins site along Highway 89 on the way out of town. Calling this a hike is generous--it's a very short walk along an interpretive loop trail, but it's an interesting historical site and makes a nice add-on stop if you're in the area. It's a different experience visiting a ruins site in such an urban setting--road noise and gas station views aren't usually the first things that come to mind when I picture ancient sites, but it certainly gets high marks for ease of access.

Elden Pueblo was occupied between ~1070 to 1275 AD and is now an active archeological site that's open to the public. This was the first set of Sinaguan ruins I've visited that are pueblo-style rather than cliff dwellings. A lot of restoration/preservation work has been done at the site--there's even concrete on the tops of some walls and on the "bench" area in the large community room in the main pueblo. We took a quick lap around the loop and checked out the various points of interest, reading some details from a brochure. One of the benefits of a touristy site like this is the detail readily available about the history of the site and the significance of different rooms/areas...the trade off for road noise and gas stations, I suppose :).
Jul 10 2020
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2020
Charger55
Hiking0.35 Miles 23 AEG
Hiking0.35 Miles   1 Hour      0.35 mph
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Jul 14 2018
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2018
mt98dew
Hiking0.33 Miles 64 AEG
Hiking0.33 Miles      20 Mns   0.99 mph
64 ft AEG
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Second of two hikes with family. This was literally just up the road (to the west) of the Sandy Seep TH. More of an info "hike" than a hike. There is a pamphlet provided at the beginning of the trail that corresponds with numbered signs that dot the route. The ruins are substantial, but have been "maintained" in an odd way both enhancing and detracting from the site. This is a nice little stop if you are interested in archeological sites, but a pass if you are looking for a hike. Even if you are looking for a nice, easy family hike, there are better options out there.
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Jan 19 2017
Stoic
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 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Crystal Point TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2017
Stoic
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,065 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   8 Hrs      1.80 mph
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Took the pups up to Flagstaff last Thursday. We did a couple hikes around town.
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Mar 26 2012
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2012
AZLOT69
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
Hiking0.46 Miles   1 Hour      0.46 mph
64 ft AEG
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Interesting site.
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Sep 04 2011
cabel
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56 male
 Joined Nov 13 2005
 Cave Creek, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2011
cabel
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
Hiking0.46 Miles      20 Mns   1.38 mph
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Mar 17 2009
TM1ssKDMac
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 Joseph City, Ari
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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TM1ssKDMac
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop Trail

I was in Flagstaff for a medical apt. recently and decided to ride my bike back home via Leupp Road for a change of pace. As I rode past Elden Ruins I decided to stop and check out the progress of the dig and restoration project there. I had the place to myself and was surprised at how many new rooms had been excavated since my late visit about 10 years prior. There are still a large number of rooms awaiting excavation but the ruin is looking very impressive.

I had been reading recently about some of the early tribes in the southwest and was amazed to learn that Elden Pueblo consisted of around 70 rooms. I had no idea that it was that large. It was constructed after the Sunset Crater eruption and was a center of trade for the more advanced, post eruption Sinagua.

This short loop hike provides a great view of this ruin that is slowly being reconstructed. The trail has been improved and now has gravel on it. I sat and quietly watched a small bird searching for insects on the bark of the trees nearby. Continuing around the trail I was very excited to find a worn grinding stone with several deep grooves in it near the end of the trail. This short hike was a pleasant diversion and I was glad I decided to stop!
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Jan 02 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Before returning Hannah back to NAU after Xmas break, we checked out the "twin" pueblos of Elden and Turkey Hills. Also ended up hiking up Turkey Hill Crater. "Discovered" Turkey Hill Pueblo while researching Beale Wagon Road...
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Jan 02 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Turkey Hills and PuebloFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking7.01 Miles 876 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   3 Hrs      2.34 mph
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Explored this with Hannah. Although the hike itself can be classified as "unremarkable", there's a certain amount of "reward" tracing through some forgotten history. Past inhabitation is easily confirmed by the abundance of pottery sherds. Scanning the ground for different types of pottery sherds became a game. All sherds were returned to their original location as first found.

View from the top of Turkey Hill Crater could be leveraged to savour a sunset or full moon. Saw plenty of animal tracks and scat in the snow...
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Jul 28 2007
PaleoRob
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 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Pocatello, ID
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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PaleoRob
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Public Dig Day. Very much fun! Found bucketfuls of plainware sherds, and several Black-on-White sherds. Also found a deer metacarpal. Really interesting stuff, I recommend it to anyone interested in the ancient past of our region, and how we find out what we know about it.
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Aug 08 2006
PaleoRob
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 Pocatello, ID
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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PaleoRob
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Oct 23 2005
Crzy4AZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Sep 25 2005
Randal_Schulhauser
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Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
Hiking0.46 Miles      30 Mns   0.92 mph
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With Lynn, Sarah, and Tobyn. A stop off after visiting Hannah at NAU. Picked up lunch at the local Wendy's and went for a stroll exploring the ruins. Had passed the sign indicating "Elden Pueblo Ruins" many times and it piqued my curiosity. A pleasant little stop we had all to ourselves...

http://www.archaeology.org/interactive/arizona/index.html
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Oct 02 2004
PaleoRob
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Elden Pueblo Ruins Loop TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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PaleoRob
Hiking0.46 Miles 64 AEG
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Neat ruins, although somewhat sterilized. The USFS does public dig days at the Pueblo, which I think is neat.
Did you know:
During excavations done by W.J. Fewkes, three graveyards were discovered. Two of those are now under the mobile home park that abuts the pueblo.
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