Devils' Canyon

Claypool, Arizona

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If you hike to enough archaeological sites, you’ll come to realize that the splendor of a Native American ruin is usually proportional to the effort required to reach it. That formula certainly applies to the prehistoric buildings in Devil’s Chasm. The hike up this treacherous canyon in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness includes very difficult terrain, a lot of poison oak, and an unusually high number of rattlesnakes, but it ends at a spectacular cliff dwelling that makes it all worthwhile. Actually, if you’re the adventurous type, the difficulty of the hike just enhances the appeal of the ruin. As you slash your way through the brush and strain to climb up rocky waterfalls, you can’t help but get this feeling like you’re searching for some lost Mayan temple or Aztec pyramid. That may sound a bit corny, but such romantic ideas come to life in a very real way when you actually lay eyes upon the cliff dwelling—a nicely preserved 700-year-old ruin that few people ever see.
Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen

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Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen

by Dave Wilson (Falcon Guides)

If you hike to enough archaeological sites, you’ll come to realize that the splendor of a Native American ruin is usually proportional to the effort required to reach it. That formula certainly applies to the prehistoric buildings in Devil’s Chasm.

The hike up this treacherous canyon in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness includes very difficult terrain, a lot of poison oak, and an unusually high number of rattlesnakes, but it ends at a spectacular cliff dwelling that makes it all worthwhile. Actually, if you’re the adventurous type, the difficulty of the hike just enhances the appeal of the ruin. As you slash your way through the brush and strain to climb up rocky waterfalls, you can’t help but get this feeling like you’re searching for some lost Mayan temple or Aztec pyramid. That may sound a bit corny, but such romantic ideas come to life in a very real way when you actually lay eyes upon the cliff dwelling—a nicely preserved 700-year-old ruin that few people ever see.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Claypool
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Aztec Peak, Sombrero Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils' Canyon

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3/9/2009
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Absolutely incredible. Watch the creek though. Ate my civic.



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