Towel Creek

Tusayan, Arizona

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Here’s a destination with three big attractions—some small cliff dwellings, an opportunity to view some interesting wildlife, and a chance to explore a beautiful stretch of the Verde River. The dwellings were built sometime between A.D. 1125 and 1300 along Towel Creek, a tributary of the Verde located a few miles downstream from the town of Camp Verde. Architecturally speaking, the ruins are simple. The Native Americans found some natural enclaves overlooking the creek and sealed off their entrances with walls of rock and mud.

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"Here’s a destination with three big attractions—some small cliff dwellings, an opportunity to view some interesting wildlife, and a chance to explore a beautiful stretch of the Verde River.

The dwellings were built sometime between A.D. 1125 and 1300 along Towel Creek, a tributary of the Verde located a few miles downstream from the town of Camp Verde. Architecturally speaking, the ruins are simple. The Native Americans found some natural enclaves overlooking the creek and sealed off their entrances with walls of rock and mud."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tusayan
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Horner Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Towel Creek

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May 2018