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SQUAW CREEK RUINS (North of Black Canyon City)

Description: These ruins are just North of Black Canyon City in the New River Mountains. Squaw Creek Pueblo is one of the largest and most interesting ruins on the Agua Fria National Monument.

Due to its remoteness, it is also in better condition than many of the other pueblos. The area has a number of ruins sites, a rock wall that is as long as a city block, and loads of petroglyphs, and a plethora of pottery shards. Some of them are even painted.

The drive in will require 11 miles on a graded dirt road, 4.5 miles on a less improved road and 5 miles of round trip hiking on level ground. I will have a 4-wheel drive dual cab truck but at the moment it is full. I'll be looking for one or more SUV volunteers to do some light four-wheeling.

Coordinates for the techies: N34 07'52" W112 00'24"

Difficulty: Easy, but when we get to the cliff edge it will be very uneven and we will be climbing over boulders while looking at and for petroglyphs 

Total Distance: 5 miles 

Water to Bring: 2 liters

Drive Time: 2-2.5 hours from Bell Rd and I-17

Alternate Meeting Time/Place: 7:45 am, Location I-17 and Bell between Fry's and Denny's

Estimated Return Time: Late, after dinner 

Minimum Attendees Required: 4

Special Instructions: High clearance vehicles required. Your light day hiking complement; snacks, water. The mesa could be breezy, so bring your windbreaker and some layers. We can stop for a meal in Black Canyon City on the way back.

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  • Jeff

    Fun outing with great company! There were certainly a lot of petroglyphs and I have never seen a red one before. Thanks for organizing it Sunshine.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so bumbled I couldn't go. I hope there is another one soon.

    January 18, 2014

  • Chuck

    Excellent day. Thanks for driving, Jeff. As usual, thanks, Sunshine, for your wonderful leadership. The sights were splendid and the hiking around the cliffs kind of neat. Thanks again for a most enjoyable day with some very nice people.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at Bell. Green Toyota Tacoma. Or call[masked]

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got called into work I have to cancel . Please schedule again ;)

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got called into work I have to cancel . Please schedule again ;)

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gonna have to cancel tomorrow. Please plan this one again! Have fun everyone

    January 17, 2014

  • Sunshine

    Hi everyone - I got to thinking that we are going to out for awhile before heading back so...BRING A LUNCH! :)

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel for the hike. =(
    Having a bone marrow biopsy today and they told me I couldn't do it tomorrow. Really disappointed but hopefully I can go next time.

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will anybody have space for me to ride? I certainty don't mind pitching in for gas. Don't trust my truck to make it.

    January 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I will be at the Pyle Center a few minutes before 7am.

      January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! I'm near 101 and 17 so I can meet at the Bell and 17 rendevoux.

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, just noticed this hike lasts later than I expected.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at the Pyle Center a little before 7am. Are we stopping at the alternate meet up area on the way or are we going from the Pyle Center?

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, I have room for three very comfortable or four very cozy. LoL

      January 14, 2014

    • Sunshine

      We will be stopping at Bell Rd and I-17 to meet up with the rest of the group.

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a jeep and room for a few.

    January 13, 2014

    • Chuck

      I would appreciate a ride. Thanks.

      January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am going to be at the Pyle Center.

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at the Pyle Center.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fry's at Bell. I will drive, I drive 2-wheel drive truck but take it on many rough roads. I can take one passenger if necessary and they are willing to risk being in a 2 wheel drive.

    January 13, 2014

  • Chuck

    Frys at Bell and I 17.

    January 13, 2014

  • Sunshine

    Hi everyone, I sent an email to touch base and included my cell phone #. Go ahead and email or post at which location you plan on meeting.
    See ya soon!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel this time . Was looking forward to to it .

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "when we get to the cliff edge" - should i be concerned about my fear of heights?

    January 11, 2014

  • Ronald H.

    Yeah

    January 5, 2014

  • Chuck

    Hope I can catch a ride in a vehicle that is more suitable than my Prius.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't have a 4-wheel vehicle but would love to go if there's space.

    December 23, 2013

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  • Sunshine
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Jeff
    Organizer
  • Ronald H.
    Assistant Organizer
  • Chuck
    Member
  • A former member
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  • A former member
  • A former member

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