Beaver Creek Canyon, Rimrock, Arizona USA

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Beaver Creek Canyon, Rimrock, Arizona USA Reviews

walterman9999 walterma…
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Beaver Creek Canyon (1), Rimrock, Arizona USA Mar 15, 2015
Take I 17 towards Flagstaff and take the AZ 179 exit but turn right on an unmarked dirt road instead of turning left on a good hwy. to Sedona. The map says Rimrock is one mile down the dirt road, but there you find the Rimrock Forest Ranger station (and no town) for the Coconino N.F. where I was working for the winter. I was given a part of a trailer with a paper sleeping bag.

I would work my eight hours Mon. through Fri. then go hiking on Beaver Creek after work. On weekends I would hike up the Bell Trail on mostly warm days following up Beaver Creek wanting to reach the Mogollon Rim. I finally got to the narrow part of the canyon and could not cross the barriors to go up. This whole large Beaver Creek Canyon was a beautiful scrub lands with large trees along the creek. In my first pic you can see the basalt top of the rim of Beaver Creek canyon...of course that was the basalt part of the Mogollon Rim that surrounded all of Beaver Creek Canyon and much more. Even the top of Oak Creek canyon was covered with Basalt of the Mogollon Rim.

The ancient indians of Beaver Creek must have been peaceful living on farming and hunting and fishing. In modern times it was found that the indians made their villages a mile apart on Beaver Creek so as not to croud the other indians from their resources needed for survival.

I liked the isolation and this assignment and it was not the best but not the worse either.
Beaver Creek C. with Mogollon Rim …
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Cactus in rock
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walterman9999 walterma…
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Montezuma Nat. Parks on Beaver Creek, Rimrock, Arizona USA Mar 15, 2015
I was working a mild winter at Rimrock Forest Service small backcountry station. My roomate at the trailer was an old tryed and true cowboy all his life. Not that he would spin a yarn...but he put my Texas BS to shame. On a nice Saturday he offered to drive me to the two Nat. Park areas down Beaver Creek. The first was Montezuma Castle. That was cliff dwellings like a small Mesa Verde. The indians made their living farming and fishing but when times got rough they would scurry up their cliffs and pull up the homemade ladders. Quite a good defensive posture. Later after "alls clear" they would lower the ladders and go back to farming. Montezuma Castle is quite a place where I saw on TV many years ago a movie shootout with the indians on top and the cowboys on bottom.

Then we drove to Montezumas Well. This was a very sacred place for many indians thinking their ancestors emerged live from the well. There are some small cliff dwellings in the cliffs but I think that was for the priests and the higher class and not for the grunt indians. This well was a good place to explore. (I didnt try to drink the water).

Well, Beaver Creek had quite a pre-history.
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Well
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Well
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Ils1976 says:
never heard of this, but it sounds interesting!
Posted on: Mar 29, 2015

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