Copper Forks Canyon

Although not a particularly large site, this cliff dwelling high in Cooper Forks Canyon is well worth the rugged, mostly trail-less hike required to see it. The ruin is one of many dwellings built in the Cherry Creek area of the Sierra Ancha about 700 years ago by the Anchan culture.


The wooden cieling between the first and second
stories of
this structure remains largely intact.
This is only
about half of the ruin.

Bear tracks at the confluence of Cherry Creek and Cooper
Forks Canyon. The tracks were as large as my hands.

Same photo with the tracks highlighted.

From Cherry Creek I also saw a Bald Eagle flying
overhead...but I wasn't quick enough to get a photo.
Bald Eagles have become surprisingly common
in winter at Arizona's lakes and riparian areas.

The book Ruins Seldom Seen is available from