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.
Beautiful quick hike down to a quiet paradise. I had the place all to myself and took a quick swim in the freezing water! Lots of great rocks to climb. And a few small waterfalls.
The trailhead was not very clear but if you park just before the guardrail, get out of your car and climb up the embankment right there, it's a quick scramble up. Then follow the path to the deer fence and crawl under.
The destination is lovely! The parking/trail leaves much to be desired. Access to the "trail head" is on a large highway shoulder. That is, there is no official parking lot- you're merely pulled off to the side of the highway. Steep incline scramble off the shoulder to a rough trailhead. After a brief walk there's a clearing and you'll need to find a small rock-lined path that will take you to a footpath. Short but rocky decline to the creek. Final destination is very pretty! Summertime swimming-hole for sure. This time of year it was temperate and peaceful. Luckily I hiked with someone who had been there a few times before; I'm not confident I'd know the path in/out otherwise.
Great hike, cool swim. Trail head was a bit hard to find. Park on side of road by red hillside (if you get to scout camp, you passed it). Walk up either side of hill and toward deer fencing. Cross over/under fence where possible (easy spot at top of hill). Hike straight out until you get to trail. Go left and at the Y go to the right side. There is a small but visible trail down to the water. Wear sturdy shoes and bring extra clothes or something to swim in.
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.