The Little-Known Ruins In Arizona You Can Only Reach By Hiking This 1.6-Mile Trail – Only In Your State

Posted in Arizona
December 27, 2021
by Katie Lawrence

If you love exploring ancient ruins, there are few better places to be than Arizona. Our state is brimming with the remains of lost (but not forgotten) civilizations. One of the most underrated hikes to ancient ruins in Arizona is the Sears Kay Ruins Trail, located near Scottsdale. It leads to a 40-room Hohokam village occupied 1,000 years ago, serving as a portal into ancient history.

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Located along the along the Great Western Trail, this easy, one-mile hike is a portal into the past.

The loop takes you to a prehistoric Hohokam village known as the Sears-Kay Ruin, named after two early homesteaders.

The village is perched on a hilltop, so although the trail is short, it’s quite steep.

For this reason, it is not a handicap accessible hike.

When you finally happen upon the ruins, you’ll be amazed by what you see.

The village consists of five separate buildings that contained a total of about 40 rooms. That’s quite a feat of architecture – especially when you consider that it was built by hand.

First inhabited in A.D. 1050, the village is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Signs are placed throughout the ruins, detailing each room and the unique purpose it served.

While the ruins are the main attraction, there’s plenty to see on the rest of the trail, too!

Sweeping panoramic vistas of the mountainous landscape are sure to leave you gazing in awe.

Since the trail is accessible year-round, it’s interesting to note how the scenery changes with the seasons.

Look out for beautiful wildflowers in the spring, lush greenery during summer, subtle changes in the leaves come fall, and an occasional dusting of snow in the winter.

If you’re able, we highly recommend embarking on this hike at sunrise or …….


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