The first stop today was Besh-Ba-Gowah (first 2 pictures) a 200 room prehistoric Salado masonry pueblo located atop a broad ridge overlooking Pinal Creek. The site was occupied by Salado populations between AD 1225 and AD 1400. “Salado” is the term applied to the complex of cultural attributes of the prehistoric peoples who inhabited the Globe/Miami and Tonto Basin regions between AD 1150 and AD 1450. Besh-Ba-Gowah architecture consists of multi-storied, masonry room block clusters connected by long, narrow corridors or elongated plazas. We were very excited since we could take Merlin in with us – his first ruins.
The rest of the pictures are from Tonto National Monument in the Superstition Mountains. We took a very steep hike to some cliff dwellings that were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. The people farmed in the Salt River Valley, and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering native plants. The Salado were fine craftspeople, producing some of the most flamboyant polychrome pottery and intricately woven textiles to be found in the Southwest. The area is absolutely beautiful. We would have taken the hike for the views even if there were no cliff dwellings at the top.
We ended the day with a Thanksgiving leftover meal in our campers. It is great to be traveling with our friends who are really like family. Lots of laughs and sharing experiences is a good thing.