Salado Indian Ruins

View from the ruins to the basin (visitors parking lot in center of photo) with Roosevelt Lake in the UL

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Around 1300 CE, a small community of Salado people constructed two dwellings in shallow caves overlooking the portion of the Salt River that is now Roosevelt Lake, about 80 miles east of present day Phoenix. During the next 50 years, the climate favored life in the basin until the region became too arid to sustain humans. The trail from the basin to the ruins culminates about 350 feet above the basin floor. The term Salado comes from the Spanish name Rio Salado, or the Salt River, and was applied to these peoples by archeologists. We don’t know what they called themselves.

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Since the photos were captured as jpegs with a point-and-shoot camera, processing capabilities were limited. Some exposure compensation and some noise removal were applied. The images were uncropped.

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Terry, the first view is a fine look at this small ruins and it’s surroundings. Having the ruins centered gives them a sense of stability that fits will with their age.

Thanks @Mark_Seaver. It isn’t a terribly interesting photo, but it fit the Challenge!