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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.

trail running
16 days ago

Really difficult but so much fun and the most beautiful views!!! Easy to get to, and I was the only one out there. Definitely will be back!

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Do you need a permit to hike this???

hiking
1 month ago

Bridge is closed. Trail is supposed to be closed but someone opened the gate Trail is destroyed. All I can say is don’t do it !!!!!!!!
Don’t read old reviews the trail is not the same

We hiked the old forest road (FR27), which is very rocky with deep ruts off and on for the majority of the hike. We started at the top of the Mountain where the communication road is closed off. The road we drove in on (FR 626) is very rocky and I recommend a vehicle with good clearance. Be sure to bring plenty of water. We stashed 2 gallons of water at the bottom (near mile post 228 off US-87), and also where the old road meets the new road. On a hot September day, we needed it. The vegetation varies from desert cactus at the bottom to mountain pines at the top. You can see Roosevelt Lake and 4 Peaks from the top. This hike gave me a sense of accomplishment, and I was glad to see my vehicle at the top. Round trip took us about 8 hours but we weren't in a big hurry.

Beautiful, quick hike. start from coordinates given by alltrails, which is off to side of highway. entry is up the embankment (~12 feet). 3 min after you find the trail, you go under a fence. flat walking for next but, great scenery as you start to see the canyon, and then the trail goes down to the waterfalls. somewhat steep descent on smooth rocks. small waterfall and pool. return ascent gets heart rate going.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Just wanted to let people know the 2 photos with the long log is called water wheel/Ellison creek in payson.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

Took the Jeep out, had a great time! Trail gets very narrow, don't expect to come out unscathed. Recommend having a good driver, dicey obstacles for about 5 miles of the loop- challenging!

Could only get to the lower cliff dwellings but it was still pretty amazing. The hike up can be strenuous depending on what you are used to. Just be aware in case there are kids or older adults in the group! There will be a fee at the entrance since it's a national monument. If you want to see wildflowers, go in late March/early April.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail, no traffic, 110 in valley & 88 at top!
Great views!