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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Box Canyon Ruins

 
 
Box Canyon Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
1. Box Canyon Ruins Marker
Inscription. The Box Canyon ruins are typical of many pueblos found in this region. Early inhabitants constructed walls of nearby sandstone and limestone, and used local soils to cement the stones together. The flat roofs were built of timbers laid side-by-side, covered with smaller branches and finally plastered over with mud.

Smoke was vented from the rooms through a square hole in the ceiling, which frequently served as the only access to the room. Doorways were small and windows almost non-existent. As the rooms were abandoned, the timbers were often scavenged and used in other pueblos or burned as firewood, a precious commodity in this environment.

As you look at these ruins today, they appear just as they did when discovered in the late 1800s. The National Park Service has stabilized the walls to help preserve them. None are reconstructed. These 800-year-old walls are fragile and easily disturbed. Do not walk or climb on them.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 34.674′ N, 111° 28.177′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on Loop Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. From Flagstaff, take US 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right
Box Canyon Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
2. Box Canyon Ruins Marker
at sign for Sunset Crater Volcano - Wupatki National Monuments. The Visitor Center is 21 miles (34km) from this junction. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dry Land Farming (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Landscapes (within shouting distance of this marker); A Legacy of the Past (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sunset Crater Volcano (about 700 feet away); Daily Life (about 800 feet away); Community (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nalakihu (approx. 0.8 miles away); Where Were The Fields? (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
Box Canyon Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
3. Box Canyon Ruins Marker
Box Canyon Ruins on the left. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
4. Box Canyon Ruins on the left.
Box Canyon Ruins on the left. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
5. Box Canyon Ruins on the left.
Box Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
6. Box Canyon
Box Canyon Ruins on the right. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
7. Box Canyon Ruins on the right.
Box Canyon Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
8. Box Canyon Ruins
Box Canyon Ruins towards west end. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
9. Box Canyon Ruins towards west end.
There are no trails to these, but you can see them along Loop Road.
Box Canyon Ruins towards the west end. image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 28, 2012
10. Box Canyon Ruins towards the west end.
No trails to these, but you can see them along Loop Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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