The following pictures were taken on the flat plateau like area to the west of Gaan Canyon and shows more of the extensive irrigation systems of the Native Americans who have inhabited this area for generations. As you walk around the ancient ruins, you can really feel the sacredness of this special area – it is undoubtedly one of the most unique areas I have ever explored.
Less than 1/4 of a mile to the west is a fortification I have nicked named the Castle. The rock formations I found while exploring the area totally blew my mind, and I will be posting more pictures of that unique place in my next couple of posts.
This trail marker was just sitting out in the middle of nowhere - Interesting!
I suspect that this rock pit may have been used by ancient Native Americans as a natural grinding hole. Just one of several more I would find while exploring the Castle at Oak Flat.
This rock really caught my eye - I love how the green lichen outlines the little heart in the middle! So cool!
One of a couple of ancient wells I found in the area. Not too far from the canyon rim, I found another well that was full of water. I happened upon it by chance, and it is so well hidden that you wouldn't see it until you were almost on top of it.
Another very unique rock formation I found near the edge of the little plateau.