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Coon Creek Ruins

Coon Creek ruins
Coon Creek ruins
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Coon Creek ruins
map: Coon Creek Ruins
Elevation plot: Coon Creek ruins


How to Get There
This hike is located near Roosevelt, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take US-60 East towards Globe. Just after Miami and before globe, take HWY-88 (or 188 depending on the sign) left towards Roosevelt. Make a right onto well signed HWY 288. About 2 miles after crossing the Salt River, turn right onto Cherry Creek Road (signed as FR203), a well graded dirt road. You will continue to follow this road for 7.75 miles. On your left is signed FR38. Park nearby and start hiking here.
Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

8.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The hike described is 8.0 miles round trip to the ruins and back.
4.00 [Hours]
It took us 4 hours hiking to complete this hike, with a 30 minute stop for lunch and ruin exploration.
Elevation Change
500 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 500 ft elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Season Details
Fall/Spring is best
Date Hike completed
January 04, 2010


Solitude Details
We had excellent solitude. However, these roads are OK for ATVs so you may not get the same solitude.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
It's no fun to share the ruins with the ATV folks, but the ruins are still worth the walk. The out and back described here is a Moderate hike.


Be Aware of
Bushwhacking. Route finding. ATVs.

Hiking to Coon Creek ruins in Arizona.

The ruins that are the destination for this hike were built and occupied by the Salado Native Americans between 1280 and 1350 AD. While not as picturesque as the Devil's Chasm ruins or as impressive as the Pueblo Canyon Ruins, getting to these ruins is much easier hiking. Luckily, these ruins are well preserved as well, so you are rewarded for your efforts.

The hike starts at the 4WD road FR38. You could drive this if you had an ATV, but it makes for a nice hike as well. After 1.7 miles of hiking, take the right fork to hike on signed FR1076. In another 0.2 miles, stay left at this road fork.

From this junction, the road will gain elevation and start heading towards Coon Creek, but kind of parallel to it. After another 1.4 miles, you'll reach the top of a saddle. Keep an eye out for another ATV size track on your right as you hike down this saddle. Turn right onto this track, which heads more directly towards Coon Creek.

Here you'll need your route finding abilities as a trail parallels Coon Creek (which depending on the season may or may not have water in it here). The trail will head downstream (right). Keep your eye on the right side of this hill to see the trail that heads up to the ruins, about 50 ft above the creek. You can't see the ruins from the creek, so you'll need to find this trail. This section is overgrown so you'll need to do some mild bushwhacking. 

The ruins are in reasonably good shape. There are about four rooms in various conditions. There's also a roof that's still partially intact. Plan on spending some time here to enjoy the history and daydream about living in this environment 800 years ago. Please leave these ruins the way you found them and be very careful during your exploration. They are quite fragile. Make sure they stick around in their current condition for the next generation to enjoy.

When ready, return by the same route. 


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