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Name: Providencia Canyon Ruins (FR4677) Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Easy 4WD)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: Southeast Arizona
Length: 0.9 miles (one way) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +82 ft / -197 ft / - 115 ft (one way)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 4800 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter, after summer rains Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Medium
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: August, 2015
Short Description: An short and easy 4WD trail to some beautiful stone ruins
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area: Guajolote Flat; Cracked Rocks Near Peak; Guajolote Peak
References / Contact Information: NA
Points of interest: Beautiful stone dam, stone ruins, Providencia Canyon
Special Considerations: Lots of old mines in this area, stay away from open mine shafts and be careful of mine tailings.Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning (it's not as bad as it sounds).
How to get there: From Sonoita, head south on Hwy 82, go through Patagonia until you reach Kino Springs Drive (approximately 26 miles from Sonoita). Turn left onto Kino Springs Drive and head east for about 5.7 miles, then turn left onto Duquesne Road. Drive about 4.6 miles until you reach FR4677 at Waypoint 001. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This easy and super short 4WD trail leads to some lesser known stone ruins in the area. You can hit this trail while doing Guajolote Flat, Soldier Basin or any of the other trails in the southern Patagonia Mountains.

The trail takes you to a nice rock dam and some stone ruins, which I believe are the walls of an old homestead with a barn attached.

General Information and History

I don't have any history of this area yet.

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The Trails

From Duquesne Road (FR61), turn north onto FR4677 at Waypoint 001. This trail can be hard to see coming from the east and is a very sharp turn.

Travel about 0.1 miles and go through the gate at Waypoint 002. The trail now heads down into Providencia Canyon. After about another half a mile, you will come to a sharp left corner at the bottom of the canyon. The stone dam is on your left. A small stream of water was flowing from a recent rain when we went through, but this canyon is normally dry.

After exploring the dam and canyon, continue out of the canyon and drive 0.3 miles until you reach the stone ruins on your left. You can see the remains of the rectangular stone building and the wood and metal roofs of what was probably the barn next to it.

When you're done, turn around and come back the way you came in.

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