Category Archives: ruins

Tusayan Ruins

Tusayan Ruins are located in the Grand Canyon National Park, only a few miles down the road from Desert View Watchtower. These easily accessible, well-preserved ruins should not be missed when visiting the Grand Canyon. Tusayan consists of two kivas, living areas, storage rooms, and a suspected farming area.

This ruins is one of more than 4000 archaeological sites recorded within Grand Canyon National Park. Tree ring dates indicate that people began construction of Tusayan Pueblo around A.D. 1185. The style of buildings and artifacts is typical of the ancestral Puebloan culture. At any one time, sixteen to twenty people likely lived in this community. – Pamphlet from the ruin


Palatki Heritage Site

The Palatki Heritage Site is a an archaeological site with both cliff dwellings and preserved pictographs, located near Sedona. It was occupied 1100 to 1400 CE by the Sinagua people, with an estimated 60 people living there. If you are ever near Sedona, it is well worth the drive, which is accessible without a four-wheel vehicle. A Red Rock Pass is required, which is available on-site for $5. The cliff dwellings and pictographs are about 1/4 mile from one another, with a guide available at each site to give background information and answer questions.

Location: 34.914895, -111.902325

Leupp Ruins

These ruins weren’t really near anything… but the closest town is Leupp, Arizona. The ruins are located on top of a large, grassy mesa. It is my guess that this was some sort of rest stop, as there wasn’t anything else around but flat desert. (or other known, significant ruins)

The ruins are fairly torn down and overgrown, but this site was made interesting by a good amount of pottery shards.

As seen in the photos, this site is divided into two portions, about 100 feet away from each other.

Obligatory note: When finding pottery shards and other archaeological items, never remove them. It is legal to handle archaeological items, but you must return them exactly as found.

Gisela Ruins

These ruins are a hilltop fortification near the town of Gisela, Arizona. The ruins are composed of a main circle surrounded by quite a few individual rooms. This is a common configuration for Southwestern native societies, with daily activities occurring in a central, communal area and rooms being primarily used for sleep and storage. Many of the walls were still at chest height. The location seemed to be a good choice, with a commanding view of the surrounding area and an accessible water source.

This ruin was made even more exciting by the discovery of a grinding stone among the rooms.

Included in this gallery are 3 panoramas and 33 regular images of the ruin.