View Full Version : Seligman North to Coconino Plateau - Oct '06
09-11-2006, 03:12 PM
October trip to AZ. Looking for insight on unique geology, ruins and other points of interest in the country North of Seligman.
09-11-2006, 04:29 PM
The area north of Seligman is mostly private property or part of the Havasupia Reservation, which as far as I know is closed to travel without a permit. Other than doing some praire dog hunting off old Route 66 many years ago (with permission of the land owner), I've not had a lot of experiance with the area. I know there are several large sand stone quaries in the foothills to the north.
Geologically speaking off Old 66 are the Grand Canyon Caverns. It's a dry cave system. Haven't been there in years...
09-11-2006, 08:03 PM
Sounds like a fun trip. I will try to shed some ideas in a few days.
09-11-2006, 11:20 PM
The area to the south of Seligman offers a lot to see. Williamson Valley Road heads to Prescott, and passes thru some neat country. Walnut Creek is the entrance to two very seldom used wilderness areas:
Geologically, Apache Creek is comprised of huge piles of granite boulders. Juniper Mesa is a flat top mesa with a good trail across the top.
Historicly speaking, there are lots of sites. Near Walnut Creek was an U.S. Army post, Fort Hualapia. Not much left now tho...
Above the K4 ranch is a typical walled ruin - easy to find, it's due north of the ranch on top of the hill.
http://www.southwestexplorations.com/aztecpass.htm shows where Whipple crossed thru Walnut Creek.
01-02-2007, 06:50 PM
How did this trip go?
01-07-2007, 02:17 PM
The trip was excellent. The goal of a cow elk did not come to fruition. However, everything else was wonderful. I was playing " outfitter " for my 70 yr old father. So I was only able to sneak away one day to drive North upon the Coconino Plateau....which is very beautiful. I did find an old indian cave with a large pile obsidian chips and pottery fragments. Also found the distant area where they had to carry the obsidian from.
The Boquillas ranch has alot to offer. I did some large loops in my vehicle while exploring. Some of these loops would be fun on a MTB. My favorite spot to glass was an old cinder cone with really cool lava dikes.
I have always been comfortable sleeping on the ground and did not really ever see a need for a vehicle mounted tent. That is until I experienced the AZ mud. What a mess loading my truck and trying to get out after 24 hrs worth of rain. The locker did come in handy. Yeah, now I am thinking about joining the hordes of californios invading AZ.
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