The following post shows pictures of the Castle Complex at Oak Flat. I spent well over half a day exploring the unique quilted rock formations. Of all the areas in Oak Flat, this is the one place which reminded me of a fortress. Situated on high ground overlooking the basin at Oak Flat, it could easily be defended by Native Americans who were under attack. I imagined sentries stationed and well hidden among the maze of passageways and castle turrets.
It was here that I truly felt the sacredness of this special area, long inhabited by Native Americans. The whole complex at Oak Flat should be set aside as a National Treasure, like the ruins at Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon. There is no other place in the world quite like it, and it’s a shame that the area is now going to be destroyed by mining activity – lost forever.
There are several natural benches within the Castle complex at Oak Flat.
Another natural bench in the Castle Complex.
The Castle complex at Oak Flat is on high ground, and it reminded me of a giant fortress. If I were under attack from soldiers or other tribes. This is the place I would make my last stand!
One of my favorite little succulents - Red Maids.
A total surprise! Not far from the Castle Complex, I spotted a large wooden cross, and I wondered if perhaps it was a grave marker??
Interesting serpentine shaped canal I found.
I found a couple of these double tiered basins, and wondered if they served some specific purpose?
Another grinding hole possibly worn down after 100's of years of use by Native Americans.