Black Mountain

Rye, Arizona

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The prehistoric pueblo on Black Mountain near the town of Gisela no longer houses Native Americans, but a tribe of century plants has moved into the village and laid down roots right in the middle of many of its tiny rooms. With their tall stalks protruding from between the crumbling rock walls, the agaves appear to be enjoying their hilltop home, which offers sweeping views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and distant Tonto Creek. Other inhabitants in and around the site include tall grass, juniper trees, mule deer, and coyotes. Even without the ruins, it’s a scenic destination if you’re up for a short but interesting hike.

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"The prehistoric pueblo on Black Mountain near the town of Gisela no longer houses Native Americans, but a tribe of century plants has moved into the village and laid down roots right in the middle of many of its tiny rooms. With their tall stalks protruding from between the crumbling rock walls, the agaves appear to be enjoying their hilltop home, which offers sweeping views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and distant Tonto Creek.

Other inhabitants in and around the site include tall grass, juniper trees, mule deer, and coyotes. Even without the ruins, it’s a scenic destination if you’re up for a short but interesting hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rye
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 570 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Gisela
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mountain

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