The Little-Known Ruins In Arizona You Can Only Reach By Hiking This 1.6-Mile Trail
If you love exploring ancient ruins, there are few better places to be than Arizona. Our state is brimming with the remains of lost (but not forgotten) civilizations. One of the most underrated hikes to ancient ruins in Arizona leads to the Sears Kay Ruins near Scottsdale. You will see a 40-room Hohokam village last occupied 1,000 years ago, and it serves as a portal into ancient history.
Feel free to take photographs, but please remember to leave the ruins exactly as you found them for future generations to enjoy.
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Ancient Ruins In Arizona & Related Info
Where can I see ancient ruins in Arizona?
Some of the best ancient ruins in Arizona are:
- Wupatki National Monument, Flagstaff
This north-central Arizona national monument protects many archaeological sites, the most well-known of which is a 900-year-old ancestral Puebloan site with more than 100 rooms.
- Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale
Built by the Sinagua people just under 1,000 years ago, Tuzigoot National Monument is one of the largest and best-preserved ruins in Arizona. It spans two to three stories and has 110 rooms.
- Navajo National Monument, Shonto
Navajo National Monument protects three separate cliff dwellings: Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House. The dwellings were last occupied circa 1300 AD.
Located near Sedona, the Honanki and Palatki Heritage Sites were both occupied sometime between between 1150 and 1350 AD. Both ruins offer trails that allow visitors to get a closer look.
What are some of the best hiking trails in Arizona?
The best hiking trails in Arizona include:
- Bell Rock Trail, Sedona
Among the most popular hiking trails in Arizona, the Bell Rock Trail is a 1-mile loop that leads to one of the most iconic rock formations in the state, Bell Rock.
- Devils Bridge Trail, Sedona
Also in Sedona, the Devils Bridge Trail showcases the largest natural sandstone arch in the area. Hikers can walk out onto the arch and enjoy views of the surrounding red rock landscape.
- Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon
Located in Grand Canyon National Park, the Bright Angel Trail is a strenuous hike that leads from Grand Canyon Village all the way down to the Colorado River at Phantom Ranch.
- Aspen Nature Lollipop Trail, Flagstaff
Most popular during the fall, this 2.7-mile hike leads through a grove of aspen trees whose leaves turn a beautiful shade of gold in autumn.