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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