Sycamore Canyon

Clarkdale, Arizona

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This cliff dwelling overlooking Sycamore Canyon can best be described as a miniature Montezuma Castle without an entry fee, tour guide, or sightseeing crowd. If there was an award for “Best Scenery Surrounding an Indian Ruin,” the panoramic view from this site would win it. Nestled under a natural rock shelter about 0.5 mile from the nearest established trail, the dwelling remains hidden from most hikers who venture into this part of the wilderness. Some people camp for days at a flat clearing just twenty minutes away from the ruin and never even know it’s there. However, if you’re willing to wander off the beaten path a bit, you’re sure to be impressed when you first see the dwelling’s ancient walls and mysterious rooms, a couple of which remain almost completely intact.

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"This cliff dwelling overlooking Sycamore Canyon can best be described as a miniature Montezuma Castle without an entry fee, tour guide, or sightseeing crowd. If there was an award for “Best Scenery Surrounding an Indian Ruin,” the panoramic view from this site would win it. Nestled under a natural rock shelter about 0.5 mile from the nearest established trail, the dwelling remains hidden from most hikers who venture into this part of the wilderness.

Some people camp for days at a flat clearing just twenty minutes away from the ruin and never even know it’s there. However, if you’re willing to wander off the beaten path a bit, you’re sure to be impressed when you first see the dwelling’s ancient walls and mysterious rooms, a couple of which remain almost completely intact."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Clarkdale
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sycamore Basin, Clarkdale
Driving Directions: Directions to Sycamore Canyon

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May 2018