CHERRY CREEK IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
Cherry creek passes through canyons, washes, forest and open grazing lands. Most sections of this creek were "etched" high into the side of the canyon walls many years ago to open the area to mineral exploration, lumbering and ranching.
This creek also has some amazing Native American history attached to it. The Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings are a series of Pre-Columbian native American cliff-dwellings located in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. They were built between 1280 and 1350 by the Salado people. The Sierra Ancha is home to several prominent ruin sites known as the Devil's Chasm Fortress, the Canyon Creek Ruins, the Pueblo Canyon Ruins, the Cold Springs Canyon Ruins, and the Cooper Forks Canyon Ruins. Collectively they have been called the Cherry Creek Ruins.
This is pretty WILD territory but it plays a significant role in the Pleasant Valley War, that is called the bloodies range war to ever happen in the united states.