Member Hikes

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. The Center for Disease Control states that in many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Simple guidelines include:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Wash your hands often and don’t share items with people you don’t live with.

Member-Only Hikes

One of the advantages of Membership is the ability to participate in guided hikes to archaeological sites. Watch this page for announcements of upcoming hikes. Most are free but a few have small fees to cover expenses. 

November 28th, 2020 - A Day Trip to Payson & Environs
  • Goat Camp Ruins - An active dig in Payson - Archaeologist J. Scott Wood and volunteers from the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society have been excavating a portion of this six acre site for the past several years.  Scott will talk about his finds in this fascinating place. 

  • 13 Turtles Pictograph at Flowing Springs - There are six white pictograph panels on the vertical walls and ceiling of the grotto, in a shallow rock shelter overlooking the East Verde River. The 13 turtles painting is the most striking of the pictographs.

  • Buckhead Mesa Petroglyphs Above the Tonto Bridge State Park - On a high ridge with a view of the western sky, there are numerous petroglyphs on scattered boulders within this protected site. One location has a curious placement of concentric circles, likely to be a solar calendar.

Fee: $30
Limit: 12 participants 
Difficulty: Moderate

Supplies:  Bring poles, water, hat etc. for your safety and comfort.
Directions: Supplied after registration

Wait List: We will have a wait-list for cancellations or to plan a future trip.


December 9, 2020 - Montezuma Castle Excursion

This free field trip is to Montezuma Castle National Monument, led by Matt Guebard, National Park Service Archaeologist. Matt will give a presentation in the lecture area highlighting recent research at the Monument. This includes the discovery of colored wall decorations indicating rooms with special community functions, as well as the use of cutting edge scientific techniques to evaluate the age of rooms at the Castle as well as at the nearby Castle A site. His talk will be followed by a walking tour of the Castle grounds. The NPS suggests the wearing of masks at the Monument. They have a pretty good system for keeping folks socially distanced during the tour. They can take up to 20 people.

Fee: Free
Limit: 20 participants
Time: NPS personnel will meet you at 9:00 am at the Visitor Center
Difficulty: Easy
Supplies: Water, hat, mask
Directions: Interstate 17 to Exit 289 East (the Montezuma Castle exit) and follow signs.

Wait List: We will have a wait-list for cancellations or to plan a future trip.




More hikes are being planned so watch your emails and this site.

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