Because of the destructive "Block Cave Mining" method used to extract ore, according to section 3(B) of the Save Oak Flat Act:
"Resolution Copper admits that the surface of Oak Flat will subside and ultimately collapse, destroying forever the Tribal sacred area described in paragraph (2)(A)."
This land was specifically and permanently protected from future mining activity when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Land Order 1229 in 1955. Because of Oak Flat's significant and unique Native American archeological and cultural value is was placed in the National Register of Historic places.
Having extensively explored the archeological ruins at Oak Flat and the adjacent Gaan Canyon, I think its an important time to repost a few of the photographs I took of this place, to remind everyone what a beautiful and sacred area this is. Just as significant as the ruins of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon It deserves to be designated as a National Historic Park to be saved for generations to come.
Don and I fell in love with it when we first visited several years ago, and it was one of our favorite places to camp. In the next several weeks, I will be publishing several posts featuring the cultural and natural beauty of this unique historical site. The following are just a few pics I took of the "Castle Complex" at Oak Flat, to start things off. Lots more to follow!
One of the rock formations that reminded me of castle turrets I found while exploring the area to the North of our campsite.
I spent the better half of a day exploring the deep passageways within the "Castle" complex at Oak Flat.
There are several natural benches to sit and rest upon within the Castle Complex.
Another natural bench displaying the unique polygonal rock patterns found everywhere at this site!
Interesting serpentine like canal I found.
So surprised to find a large wooden cross has been erected out in the middle of nowhere.
I found a couple of these double tiered basins, and wondered if they served some specific purpose?
One of several rock dams I found while exploring the area.
Such a beautiful and delicate succulent - Red Maids!