Kay's Photo Journal - March 2016
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3/31/2016 Baby Canyon Ruins, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ - At the top of the particular area of the mesa in this ruin is room after rooms, about 100 rooms, by the south side of the Baby Canyon and north side is steep cliff. Petroglyphs are located on the cliff that just below the ruin. I came back to TH via Baby Canyon with exploring that was challenging.
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3/31/2016 Pueblo Pato Ruins, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ (10 miles total include Baby Canyon Ruins) - This is the one of largest 300 rooms ruins in the Perry Mesa. I can see the Richinbar Sheep Petroglyphs site, which I have hiked on 3/17/16, at the end of the Perry Tank Canyon. I found some petroglyphs but suppose to much more exist around the ruins.
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3/30/2016 Pueblo de los Mujeres, Tonto National Forest, AZ - This is one of the largest 150-200 rooms ruins in the Perry Mesa, and located in the Tonto National Forest but go through from the Agua Fria National Monument. Not long ago, they changed name from the Squaw Creek Ruins. There are many petroglyphs on the east side of the Squaw Creek cliff.
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3/26/2016 Cobble Mountain, Gila River, AZ (2.7 miles) - I can’t find any information from the Internet search about this site. I was not sure this place does exist or not, but tried anyway, and found the site of the petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are scattered and I found three concentrated areas. I am sure I can find some more, if I can spend more time to find it.
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3/24/2016 Dorens Castle, AZ (1.2 miles) - It is ruins, amazing thing that the top of the mountain is all covered by many small rooms, stack up rocks to made rooms everywhere. I assume there was water near by and enough to have some fields at the bottom of the mountain, currently all dried around here.
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3/24/2016 Fossil Creek, AZ (2.7 miles) - Long dirt road to get it, but it was on my bucket list, glad to see the beautiful waterfalls. There are many small cascade water falls along the creek and at the end of trail there is very nice Fossil Creek Waterfalls. It is very popular place for the cliff jumping, even water is not warm enough.
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3/22/2016 Rose Garden, Mesa Community College, AZ - There are nearly 9,000 rose bushes in this rose garden, all kind roses with different sizes and colors. It was just in time to see all those gorgeous roses, how lucky I am. I believe this rose garden is one of the largest rose gardens in AZ.
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3/20/2016 Hummingbird Point, AZ (3.8 miles) - This petroglyphs site is located north side of the Gila River, where the Oatman Mesa and Quail Point are south side. There are many excellent petroglyphs panels on the boulders in this area that was surprised me, and lucky to find it.
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3/19/2016 Red Rock Canyon, AZ (3.4 miles) - There is sign of the Rock Art Study Area, however there is no petroglyphs or pictographs in the canyon. I think all petroglyphs or pictographs on the red sand stones in the canyon are vanished by weather. Fortunately I found one area outside the canyon in an alcove, protected area from the weather.
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3/19/2016 Enterprise, AZ (0.8 mile) - This petroglyphs site is located south of the Gillespie Dam South, just like a continuation of the Gillespie Dam petroglyphs site. There are many petroglyphs near the Enterprise road side. I never know bald eagle live in AZ, today was 91°F outside, see 1st photo. I thought bald eagle live in Canada or Alaska, cold area.
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3/17/2016 Richinbar Mine, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ - Unbelievable of this mine was pump-up the water from the Agua Fria River that 300-500 ft below the cliff, currently it is dry river. They produced gold and silver between 1890-1935 and reopen 1940-1948. I missed 65 rooms of the Richinbar Pueblo that around the mine.
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3/17/2016 Richinbar Petroglyphs, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ - A good thing was I brought the Agua Fria National Monument map, the front page picture is the petroglyphs photo from this place, and I found the exact location. Three canyons view is just beautiful, north, south of the Agua Fria River canyon and Perry Tank Canyon.
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3/17/2016 Richinbar Ranch, Agua Fria National Monument, AZ (7.5 miles for all Richinbar hike) - It is located road side of I-17 and 2.5 miles south from the Badger Springs Exit of I-17. I don't know the exact name of the ranch, but I call this ghost ranch for Richinbar Ranch for convenience.
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3/12/2016 Agua Caliente Hot Springs Ghost Town, AZ - It was nice hot springs hotel here, built 1897 with 22 rooms. Hot Springs water is dried out when ground water was pumped out for irrigation. All brown field around here now that telling getting less water for irrigation by now.
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3/12/2015 Quail Point, AZ (5.7 miles) - This is my first time to not look around more petroglyphs, I found couple nice places that enough petroglyphs photos, and I stop look around some more petroglyphs. If I camp here I am sure I found many more petroglyphs.
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3/11/2016 Painted Rocks Dam, AZ - The dam was built on the Gila River to make a Reservoir. Currently the road is closed and locked gate, the Gila River and reservoir are all dry, but this dam is built for maily flood control purposes.
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3/11/2015 Oatman Point, AZ (4.7 miles) - I was hiking on the atop of the mesa and look down the edge of mesa at time to time to find many petroglyphs. If I hike bottom of the mesa to look up the cliff, I guess I found some more petroglyphs. There are many petrolgyphs. It was nice hiking by nice weather and view.
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3/11/2016 Oatman Massacre Site, AZ - Cemetary and Massacre sign that 1/4 mile apart, sign is atop of the mesa and grave yard is bottom. The Oatman family was killed in 1852 by Indian except two sisters that captured, one young sister died of hunger and Olive Oatman, tattooed on chin by Indian, who survived and returned to American society few years later.
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3/10/2016 Rocky Point, AZ - This is south end of the smallest mountain of this mountain range. I have to hike up to the peak couple times with different routes to find many petroglyphs. 1st row 2nd from left is the first time I saw rattle snake in this year.
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3/10/2016 Powers Butte, AZ (1.6 mile) - Many small hills attached with one large mountain that called the Powers Butte. I have hiked from west end of shorter side and end up at the tallest mountain. I found some petroglyphs but I was expected some more, I guess I missed many petroglyphs.
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3/9/2016 Gillespie Dam Central, AZ - It is top of the hill that west end of the Gillespie Dam. There are some petroglyphs but not much, mine was there one time, and Archaeological excavation took place that place is cemented out. The dam and bridge view is excellent from the atop of the hill. However not much water is running in the Gila River.
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3/9/2016 Arlington Mesa, AZ - There are lot of petroglyphs, but its located in the private property of the upper side of the cliff , only I can do is to look up from other side of the irrigation canal.
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3/5/2016 Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, AZ - First I have hike down to the Waterfall trail, then cross the under the natural bridge that was challenging because all rocks were slippery by human oil that people touch with bare hands. The natural bridge is very large in size.
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3/5/2016 Red Tank Draw, AZ (1 mile) - I didn't have too much information about this place, but tried anyway. There is no trail, mainly hopping on the rocks in the bottom of the wash, there is running water in the creek but not much. I found couple petroglyphs panels, one was east side and another one was west side of the wall.
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3/4/2016 Scottsdale Downtown, AZ - I have visited in/around the old downtown of the Scottsdale. I have noticed there are many art galleries in this town. The Civic Center Mall is location of the park, museums and city offices. Segway and Trolley rides are the nice way to explore this area without walking.
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