Rogers Canyon

Florence, Arizona

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If you live in Phoenix and want to hike to a cliff dwelling, the ruin in Roger’s Canyon in the Superstition Mountains is probably the closest one you’re going to find. It’s a pretty good one, too. You’ll encounter the 600-year-old dwelling after a long, dusty drive through classic Superstition scenery and a beautiful hike down the canyon. Most cliff dwellings are built inside rock enclaves, but this place sits inside a true cave. The most prominent structure inside the big cave is a small one-room adobe pueblo that looks more like it belongs in an old Mexican village than in a Salado cliff dwelling. Poke your head through the tiny doorway and you’ll see a ceiling made of wood and mud that still covers about three-quarters of the room. In front of the building, a perfectly preserved wall winds its way around a courtyard, acting as a sort of prehistoric picket fence to define the front yard.

Rogers Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"If you live in Phoenix and want to hike to a cliff dwelling, the ruin in Roger’s Canyon in the Superstition Mountains is probably the closest one you’re going to find. It’s a pretty good one, too. You’ll encounter the 600-year-old dwelling after a long, dusty drive through classic Superstition scenery and a beautiful hike down the canyon. Most cliff dwellings are built inside rock enclaves, but this place sits inside a true cave.

The most prominent structure inside the big cave is a small one-room adobe pueblo that looks more like it belongs in an old Mexican village than in a Salado cliff dwelling. Poke your head through the tiny doorway and you’ll see a ceiling made of wood and mud that still covers about three-quarters of the room. In front of the building, a perfectly preserved wall winds its way around a courtyard, acting as a sort of prehistoric picket fence to define the front yard."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Florence
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Iron Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Rogers Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

4/12/2009
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Great hike. We went the day after a big rain storm so the water was really flowing. It took us about 5 and 1/2 hour to complete the hike. Make sure you have plenty of water and something to snack on before you head back out.


3/31/2009
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An amazing hike with a chance to be alone with 600 year old ruins. What could be better. Intense drive to the trail head, many water crossings and an exhausting trek out of the canyon. 7hrs round trip requires a lot of water especially on the way up and out. DO IT!


3/5/2008
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The road to the trail head is rough and requires high clearance. We went a couple days after a few big winter storms and parts of the road were flowing with water. It was a challenge to get to the trail but denifinty worth the trek. The washes were flowing with water which made it a little harder to keep the trail but it was beautiful. I would recommend making the trip when the water is flowing.


1/14/2008
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The trail is long, rocky, and requires multiple river crossings. It is uphill on the way out and you must climb a rock face to enter the cave. That being said stil one of the best hikes.


6/4/2006
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Very nice hike. The cliff dwelling is the icing on the cake. The hike is all in relatively high elevations so the trees and real soil is a treat for a Phoenix resident. Pace yourself on the way in, the elevation was a bit hard on me on the return (it's a slow uphill grade on the way back). Much recommended hike and the drive to the trail head is as exciting as the hike. Enjoy!



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