Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, these well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.
Great trail! Fairly difficult in areas with beautiful views in between. The mine area is a great place to get out and have lunch. Trail took us about 6 hrs to complete with an hour of that being a lunch stop. The trail is narrow in many places that would make it difficult for a full size 4x4. All in all a great experience.
This was a really cool experience. It cost $5 to get in per person. There is a little museum that is interesting. The trail to the cliffs is easy but so beautiful. Amazing views. Loved seeing the ruins and reading the signs along the trail. The drive was also really beautiful, especially going back to Mesa on highways 188 and 87. I got there going on the 60 east from Gilbert. Make sure the canyon isn't getting dynamited before you go. We got stopped along the way. Luckily there was only an hour left in their schedule. We stopped at a cool park in a little town called Superior that had old mining equipment out and a red caboose with tourist info inside while we waited.
Right. "Hike" is kind of a secondary aspect of a visit here. There is a hike, either to the lower or upper dwellings. And the lower dwellings are open much more than the upper. But not much of one. However, I recommend it if you are in the area just the same.
This is not so much a trail as it is a learning experience. Hiking this trail is only permitted in the presence of a ranger and by appointment. The lower dwelling trail is paved, but this one is highly maintained. The flora and fauna are expertly discussed by the ranger during the walk up to the cliff dwelling, which itself is an interesting piece of history from a culture long since departed. If you are looking for an outdoor hiking experience into the wilderness this is not for you. Be prepared for tourists and lots of chatter. A more exclusive type of experience involves early sign up and taking one of the rarely presented moonlight hikes to the Upper Cliff Dwellings.