Sears Kay Ruins Trail

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Sears Kay Ruins Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 364 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly






Sears Kay Ruin offers the visitor a glimpse of a distinctive lifestyle that existed long before Columbus. Self-guided 1-mile loop trail will take you through Hohokom Ruins. The site of Sears Kay Ruin was first occupied about 1500 AD. Point of Interest along the Great Western Trail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stay limit 1 day, day use only, no trailers. Please help us protect our national heritage. It is a priceless and a non-renewable resource. To report looting or vandalism at this or any other archeological or historic site please call 1-800-VANDALS. 3 Ramadas w/ picnic tables & grills, trash service, no drinking water, paved parking for 8 vehicles.

2 months ago

Sears-Kay is an easy hike to the top of a small mesa / ridge line in the Tonto National Forest North of Scottsdale and nearby Cave Creek and Carefree. It is open year round and hikers of all skill level will enjoy this trek. It is a great place to bring people from out of town or that are new to hiking as there is easy access to the Hohokam Indian Ruins atop the mesa. Remember - This is an archaeological site and removing artifacts is a crime. The Hohokam Indian dwellings are very interesting and the views are breathtaking. Adjacent to the parking lot there are primitive bathrooms and picnic areas for day use. A Tonto Pass is required to enter this Fee-Use area.

For more info check the US Department of Agriculture Forest Department Web Site for Sears Kay -