Explore The Salt River Canyon In The Superstitions: Geology, Archeology, and Nat
Program No. 16828RJ
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At a Glance

Experience the geology, human history and scenic vistas of the 2,000-foot-deep Salt River Canyon, sometimes called the "Mini-Grand Canyon." Uncover the history of the Salados, a 14th-century cliff-dwelling people, and of the Apaches who hid in the canyons in the 1800s. Learn about the Salt River as a modern-day border between the San Carlos Apache Reservation and the White Mountain Apaches. View petroglyphs and a pottery demonstration, and enjoy a narrated steamboat voyage on Canyon Lake.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Tonto National Ruins and Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park, home to an ethno-botanical garden and one of the largest single sites of Southwest archaeological collections.
  • Examine stars, planets and galaxies in the desert night sky with an astronomer in an observatory housing a 16-inch-diameter Meade scope.
  • Enjoy field trips to Roosevelt Dam, the Native American Heard Museum and the Desert Botanical Garden.
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