What's the difference between the first
and second editions of the book?

There are many differences, but these are the main ones.

The second edition has updated route information.
This is very important, as many roads and trails have
changed, some quite dramatically, over the past 10 years.

Also, five archaeological sites featured in the first
edition had to be cut. These include:

Gila Bend, Az.
The Tohono O'odham Nation no longer issues permits
to visit the "Fortaleza" pueblo along the Gila River

Gila Bend Mts., Az.
The Tohono O'odham Nation no longer
issues permits to visit this petroglyph site.

Nankoweap, Az.
Persistently harsh winter conditions, and the resulting
longer-than-usual closure of the North Rim, made it impossible
for me to re-visit this cliff dwelling-like granary in early 2010.
However, in better weather it's still a great hike to the
bottom of the Grand Canyon – albiet difficult.

Cottonwood Canyon, Ut.
Lack of tolerance from the owner of private land en route to
this awesome cliff dwelling forced me to cut this chapter.

West Slaughter Canyon, N.M.
Tighter Park Service restrictions on visiting
archaeological sites in caves and alcoves prompted
me to cut this chapter about archaic pictographs
in the Upper Painted Grotto.

For the second edition, the above cut chapters were
replaced with all-new chapters about five different sites:

White Canyon, Ut.
Cliff dwellings and pictographs in
Natural Bridges National Monument

Snake Gulch, Az.
Spectacular rock art north of the Grand Canyon

Indian Spring, Az.
Large petroglyph site in the Eagletail
Mts. Wilderness west of Phoenix

Cline Creek, Az.
A "fortified hill" on the Tonto Natl. Forest,
north of the Town of New River

Cave Creek, Az.
Ancient pueblo and petroglyph site about four miles
up Cave Creek from the Spur Cross area

When will the second edition be released?
It's out now.

Where can I find it?
Most major bookstores and many outdoor stores.
It's also available from many online sources
including the publisher's website at

Isn't the author concerned that people will use the book
to destroy archaeological sites and steal artifacts?
Yes, it's a huge concern. However, while re-visiting every
site in 2010, I was extremely pleased to discover that they
all looked exactly the same as they did when I first
saw them in the 1990s. I go into more detail
on this subject in the book's introduction.

Why does Ruins Seldom Seen feature more
sites in Arizona than Utah and New Mexico?

Because I live in Arizona. I love Utah and New Mexico
just as much but I can't ignore certain logistical realities.

Why are some photos on this website
black-and-white and others in color?

In most cases, the b/w images were
shot with film in the 1990s.
Most of the color photos were taken with a digital
camera while working on the second edition in 2010.
There are a number of exceptions on this
website, but that's usually the case.

Why do the photos look so much better
in the first edition than the second?

I'm not sure. Something about the printing
process, or the paper used, makes many photos
in the second edition look substandard. Even old
photos re-printed in the second edition looked better
in the first edition. One of the reasons for publishing
this website is to show photos as they should appear,
with the right amount of brightness, contrast, etc.
(assuming your monitor is set correctly)

Is Arizona's Canyon Creek Cliff Dwelling
featured in the book Ruins Seldom Seen?
No because it's not on public land

If people contact the author, will he tell them
where the Canyon Creek Cliff Dwelling is?


Any other questions?
Email me at DaveWilsonImages@aol.com