Phoenix: Rogers Canyon

Discover the remote cliff dwellings of a long-lost Native American tribe on this 8-mile out-and back in Tonto National Forest.
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Discover the remote cliff dwellings of a long-lost Native American tribe on this 8-mile out-and back in Tonto National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.5

Waypoints

RCT001

Location: 33.4222297668457, -111.173400878906

Hike NW on Reavis Ranch Trail 109, where sycamores, hackberries, and junipers outnumber the cacti

RCT002

Location: 33.4237403869629, -111.174102783203

Stay L @ Y with Pinto West Trail 212 as path glides between rolling hills in the Superstition Wilderness

RCT003

Location: 33.4283790588379, -111.17790222168

Continue NW, following the water-sculpted alley of rock and sand

RCT004

Location: 33.4344482421875, -111.18270111084

Streamside campsite under shady trees (seasonal water)

RCT005

Location: 33.440128326416, -111.184898376465

Turn L onto Rogers Canyon Trail 110, which heads NW through the brushy bottom of Rogers Canyon, passing a popular campsite in 1 mi.

RCT006

Location: 33.4502906799316, -111.196403503418

Tan spires flank a draw on L, providing picturesque backdrop for another primitive campsite

RCT007

Location: 33.4569702148438, -111.198196411133

Head NW in a landscape of giant boulders; canyon walls narrow

RCT008

Location: 33.4593391418457, -111.200897216797

Shutterbugs: Point camera upcanyon for lush green shots framed by the natural V shape of Rogers Canyon

RCT009

Location: 33.4639892578125, -111.206398010254

Admire the 600-year-old Salado Indian cliff dwell ings tucked under a slight overhang. Note the short doorways and walls made from local rocks bonded with mud and gravel (but do not touch). Return to car

Rock Formations

Location: 33.4500312805176, -111.197280883789

©Steffan Fay

Boulders

Location: 33.4570617675781, -111.198799133301

©Steffan Fay

Canyon

Location: 33.455623626709, -111.199119567871

©Steffan Fay

Views up the canyon

Location: 33.4586601257324, -111.200157165527

©Steffan Fay

Canyon Walls

Location: 33.4625778198242, -111.204231262207

©Steffan Fay

Salado Cliff Dwellings

Location: 33.4647369384766, -111.206871032715

©Steffan Fay

Salado Cliff Dwellings

Location: 33.4640960693359, -111.20726776123

©Steffan Fay