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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

An educational “add-on” hike


ELDEN PUEBLO
Flagstaff
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Once the meeting place of the Sinagua people, this archeological site located a few yards from busy AZ89 is now a major stop off for tourists, students and hikers alike. Brochures available at the trailhead correspond with numbered stops along the wide, flat gravel trail.  Each of the 15 sites tells a tale of life and culture in the village which at its high point was home to as many as 200 people.   Although short, plan on spending at least an hour to observe and read about the building techniques, life ways and archeological research.  A visit to this interesting roadside attraction is a good way to wind down after a longer hike in the area.

LENGTH: 0.1 mile loop
NEARBY HIKING TRAILS:
Old Caves Crater,
Elden Environmental Study Area,
Pipeline Trail,
Sunset Crater National Monument,
O'Leary Peak
RATING: easy, barrier-free (gravel)
ELEVATION: 6940'
HOURS: open year-round
FEES: none
GETTING THERE:
From Phoenix, go north on I17 to the I40 interchange in Flagstaff.  Head east (right, toward Albuquerque) and connect with AZ89 north.  Follow AZ89 to milepost 420 and start watching for the "Elden Pueblo" sign, which is just south of Townsend-Winona Road. Turn left and park in the gravel lot. 
INFO: Flagstaff Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Elden Pueblo Program Manager: 928-527-3452

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