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Archaeology of Sinagua Sites in the Flagstaff area & Chavez Pass on Anderson Mesa

June 8 - June 9


Join AAHS for a 2-day tour of sites in the Flagstaff area and Chavez Pass on Anderson Mesa with Peter Pilles, Coconino National Forest Archaeologist.

Day 1 will focus on Northern Sinagua archaeological sites east of Flagstaff.

Day 2 will head to Chavez Pass on Anderson Mesa south of Flagstaff. 

Sites east of Flagstaff. 

The group will visit Elden Pueblo, Winona Village, Ridge Ruin, Turkey Hill Pueblo, and if time allows Rattlesnake Pueblo. Except for Elden Pueblo, these sites are not interpreted to the public and are rarely visited. Many of the sites we will visit were excavated in the first half of the 20th century and were key to understanding the archaeology of this part of the Southwest. There will be a little hiking over relatively level ground on day one. A high-clearance vehicle will be needed to cross at wash at one location. Due to limited parking at some locations, we will be facilitating carpooling. 

 Anderson Mesa- The site is south of Flagstaff and requires traveling over dirt roads. The drive one way will be approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours. We can arrange to carpool from a parking area to Anderson Mesa. The archaeology is worth the trip. There will be some hiking up a steep slope to see the site. 

Peter Pilles has been the forest archeologist for the Coconino National Forest since 1975. Peter has led multiyear research projects in the forest and is an authority on the archaeology of the area.

This field trip is open to AAHS Members only and is limited to 20 participants, so register now! To register or inquire about more information, email AAHS at:


June 8
June 9
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Alycia Hayes