Indian Mesa

New River, Arizona

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The prehistoric ruin on Indian Mesa has an appearance not unlike Masada, an ancient fortress near the Dead Sea where a group of Jewish zealots found protection from Roman soldiers. Like the Jewish stronghold, the Hohokam ruin is perched atop a mountain and surrounded by cliffs. Also like Masada, Indian Mesa is located at the shore of a large body of water, in this case Lake Pleasant. Strictly speaking, cliffs do not surround the entire ruin. You can access the mesa top relatively easily from one small area.

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"The prehistoric ruin on Indian Mesa has an appearance not unlike Masada, an ancient fortress near the Dead Sea where a group of Jewish zealots found protection from Roman soldiers. Like the Jewish stronghold, the Hohokam ruin is perched atop a mountain and surrounded by cliffs.

Also like Masada, Indian Mesa is located at the shore of a large body of water, in this case Lake Pleasant. Strictly speaking, cliffs do not surround the entire ruin. You can access the mesa top relatively easily from one small area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New River
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS New River
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Mesa

Recent Trail Reviews

10/11/2009
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This trail has changed significantly since the description in the book was written although I have been told that at times portions where we walked were underwater - so thank God for GPS...even so...the GPS coordinates given were incorrect and the only way we found it was with that our TOPO 24 map had the mountain labeled as Indian Mesa. You can only drive about 4 miles in on the dirt portion of Table Mesa road when you have to get out and hike the rest of the way. There was NO water to cross - only what's left of the old Agua Fria river bed and NO building in sight...just keep following the road all the way until you get to the trail that takes you up to the saddle between the two peaks. On the way watch out for free range cattle (lots of Bulls) and burros. Once you get to the top it is amazing and there are multiple room ruins and even pottery shards lying around. It is well worth the hike which was 6.6 miles out and back on our GPS. Love the trail - the directions here were horrible!



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