Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site

Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site, Payson

Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site

Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site
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Carl F
9 contributions
Jun 2022
By way of full disclosure, I'm a PhD archaeologist and as such I can visit a very torn down site like this and fully appreciate what it was and is. There are lots of ancient pottery sherds dating back 1,000 years for you to find scattered here and there. Just don't take them. Pick them up, get a good look at them, consider the antiquity, imagine who held this pot 1,000 years ago, and put the sherd back down.

There was no one at the site but me, my two grown sons and my wife and one son's wife stayed behind at the car. I don't know why. Anyway, the site is remote and your visit will be private. Walk the clearly marked, short trail, read the signs describing what you're seeing, and if you have an imagination and an appreciation of the antiquity, enjoy.

Oh! And who was "Big Tony". There's a little shrine to him near the entrance to the site. Why?
Written 15 June 2022
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april118
Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ118 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Quick stop and an interpretive trail around the ruins. Paved trail through with signs tell you a little history about what you're looking at. Was a nice stop to stretch and learn something. 😌
Written 3 May 2022
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Anthony
Phoenix, AZ30 contributions
Apr 2020
This site is not worth a visit except as a side stop to somewhere else like the creek. the ruins are in such poor condition as to be barely recognizable. The one help is that you can fly through here in 10 or 15 minutes and it's right off the road. So, if you're there you can take a peek, but surely don't go out of your way to see this. There are far better Indian Ruins in just about any direction from here.
Written 5 March 2021
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Michael O
Scottsdale, AZ348 contributions
Aug 2019
Don't get me wrong...I LOVE archeological sites.
But this?...
The 15-20 minutes it takes to walk are pleasant.
Scattered about are grandiose plaques of data and drawings of the '70 structure village' that was here c.1100AD. Near the plaques are depressions and scattered stones that someone 'discovered' (or created) in recent times.
Arizona has some terrific sites and ruins. This is not among them.
Written 18 August 2019
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Jellybeandean
Tucson, AZ240 contributions
Jul 2019
This stop is not really very interesting except to perhaps see where the Indian people set up villages. Beyond a lot of rocks in some kind of fashion, it takes a lot in you mind to figure out what they are.
Written 8 August 2019
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KatVoight
Florence, AZ299 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This place is interesting for the mere point of what it is. Ancient sites such as these just be protected and preserved. While there isn’t much to see here, it was an educational adventure. The trail short and easy and anyone can do it even in a wheelchair I would think, even though some parts are narrow. Came here for the culture and education.
Written 4 June 2019
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A R H
Sedona, AZ820 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is a partially excavated and backfilled ruin of over 80 rooms occupied 1000 to 1250 AD by people culturally related to the Salado and Hohokam tribes. Not much to see but good signage explains the site, plus you understand why this site was selected for their village.
Please note that the guides state there are toilets on site, but this is incorrect, there are none.
Written 13 November 2018
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Ann H
Sedona, AZ635 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This archaeological site contains the ruins of Shoofly Village which was built and occupied between A.D. 1000 and 1250 and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located near Payson off State Highway 87. The site was set up by the Tonto National Forest for self-guided walking tours on maintained paths. We picked up a guide pamphlet from a container in the parking lot. There are a few interpretive signs along the way, but the visit requires a lot of imagination. Very quiet with few other visitors when we were there. There is no Visitors Center and there are no restrooms at this site.
Written 4 November 2018
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Bowker4
Chandler, AZ122 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
They need to do an update to this. There is not much to see at all. Very disappointed. It is easy to walk around though.
Written 19 September 2018
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Hobnob_Hobo
North Las Vegas, NV303 contributions
May 2018
It was completely quiet when I was there. Nice little trail, some signs / markers. The ruins are easy to identify, even when I'm no specialist. It's on a beautiful high plane; you can see why they built the village there. The signs describe the multiple phases of the village. Pleasant drive up there, too.
Written 25 May 2018
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