Pueblo Canyon Trail is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.2 miElevation gain3,494 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Shad Sluiter
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Beautiful walk. I was able to drive a Dodge Caravan 1 mile beyond the indicated parking point. A 4x4 could drive 3 miles more to the point where the trail begins the steep climb. Several trees have fallen on the trail. You will probably want some protection on your legs from constant bushes and scratchy plants. Bring a hiking pole. Not an easy trail. Alltrails map will keep you on track. how does one propose new trails to the forest service? This area could be a really nice backpacking destination with some additional routes and loops. Ruins are interesting. Their placement is very inaccessible from rivers or fields. They must have been hiding from someone or they enjoyed a summer home in the cooler high canyon. I was completely alone all day. GPS phone is a good idea.

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Cathy Wills
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Jacob Lorence
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

18 miles on dirt road to get to the trail. 2 water crossings, both are shallow, but the first may be difficult in a small car. The road has a lot of washboards and gets a little rough in parts, but is doable with a 2WD car. All trails designates the trailhead as just outside a ranch just off the forest service road. You CAN keep driving up the FS road another 2.5 miles or so until you reach treed/shaded parking/camping area. Not really suitable for large trucks. Also a creek runs through the parking area to restock on water if you have purification tablets. From there Alltrails does a good job of getting you to the ruins. NOTE: when you get just past the burnt trees area the trail begins to split at times. All paths lead back to the main trail, BUT the lower paths tend to be much more difficult than the upper ones. If encountering a split in the trail stay high close to the cliff wall, that will be your best bet. There is a creek/waterfall in the armpit of the canyon (1/4 mile from the ruins) where you can restock on water. I would recommend purifying it lest you get the poops - this is a very remote area with no cell service and a long hike back down. The views from the ruins are incredible and the ruins themselves are very well preserved thanks to the integrity of the hikers. DO NOT vandalize or leave trash behind so other folks can enjoy them as well.

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Peter Gaido
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HikingOver grownScramble

Completed this hike 10-12-2019 with my dog and camped near the ruins one night. I got all the way to Cherry Creek in a Toyota Corolla with no issues but couldn't make it across to the trailhead. The beginning of the hike is easy since you follow the road most of the way. Once you're off the road it quickly becomes very overgrown. It was difficult to find the trail at some points but after a few minutes it is easy to pick back up. There are a few areas where it is loose cobble you have to scramble across which could be hazardous. I would definitely not recommend doing this trail with your dog but it is well worth the trek otherwise. The ruins are in great shape but unfortunately some people leave trash in this area - always practice leave no trace! This particular weekend there was a lot of wildlife including tarantulas rattlesnakes and deer.

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Betsy Standage
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

The trail is also a little hard to find at times. The worst part is the ascent. There are decoy trails to the right Stay to the left. The trail goes straight up in about 200 yards. The ruins are in the right but the trail leads you left in the canyon

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John McCartney
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Hiking

Definitely need a high clearance vehicle, 4x4 is probably best but not absolutely required if you know what your doing. If you have a capable vehicle and are able to actually drive to the trail head you shave several miles off the hike. If not, then the first few miles will be hiking along a dirt road. The trail and trail head are not very well marked. So be prepared to do some looking around to find them.

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Cory Wood
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Backpacking

This was a killer overnighter! I was able to get to the start of the trail in my car (front wheel drive). From there I walked the 4X4 road which added about 3 miles. All trails starts this hike around where I parked but you can save miles and elevation gain if you have a good 4X4. The ruins are in remarkably good state considering how old they are. It was a blast exploring them and taking note of the engineering and architecture of that time. Overall I logged 13miles and 5300 elevation gain. I recommend trekking poles due to the consistent unstable terrain. You are literally walking on a ledge of the canyon most of the time so a fall could be fatal. There is a steady stream of water that you can filter once at the ruins. This is where I camped for the night. As always, practice leave no trace!

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Richard Muhn
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1.4 mile hike and scramble up to 900 year old ruins. Cliff Dwelling

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Michael Maurer
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Backpacking

Trail is hard to get to without a 4wd. Recently a fallen boulder on the road has made it difficult to pass without a narrow 4wd. Full size truck will not make it. Trail is difficult. Very quick elevation gain and after the first section of old mining road it gets pretty overburden with bush and trees. Once you reach the cliff shelf you will follow it around the canyon. Be careful as downed trees and fallen leaves can hide an easy way to an unwanted fall. Eventually you will come to a old mine, and then the first ruin. We set camp by the ruin and used two trees to set hammocks. I would drop packs here and only take what is needed on. You keep following the path till the edge of the inner canyon where you pass behind a amazing waterfall. We filtered water here. Follow the path to the rest of the ruins on the other side of the canyon. It was well worth the burden!

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Anson Clarkson
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This trail takes you through high desert brush to lush ferns to some of the best preserved ruins I've seen. Doing this hike in the right time of year is crucial because of the heat. I would also rate it on the harder side of moderate, if not just straight hard. Some of the trail takes you along steep faces and cliff edges, some of which had pretty loose dirt. All in all, with the added historical significance, this hike exceeds expectations.

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Jennifer Brausse
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Jeremy Thorne
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Jeremy Schmidt
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Mandie Smith
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Nancy Ullmann
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Sally LeBlanc
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Maile Farnsworth
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Mike Cannata
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Ben Holland
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Tracie Tymecki
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Amber Asay
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Richard Muhn
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