GOAT CAMP RUIN IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA
Goat Camp Ruin is located in Payson and was occupied from about 750 to 1280 AD. The builders/occupants were either under Hohokam influence or Hohokam colonists, based on pottery, rounded room corners, and other artifacts.
The current Payson Arizona Trails System (PATS) on Goat Camp skirts the east side of the Native American Ruins, and connects the trail user from Tyler Parkway to the USFS Houston Trail on the north side of the site. This trail is approximately 0.3 miles in length until you reach the Houston Trail connector.
The Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society with the help of Scott Wood’s assistance (an expert in southwestern archaeology), proposed creating an archaeological interpretive site as well as a hiking trail for this 6-acre parcel of land, similar to that at nearby Shoofly Ruin
IMPORTANT RUIN INFORMATION
Basic operational information for the park is showcased here. Simply click on the "+" for specific details. For more info visit the website below.
Physical Address & Contact Info:
Hours of Operation:
There are no set hours for visiting Goat Camp Ruin. Come at your leisure.
From Phoenix" Go North on Highway 87 to the Town of Payons. Go through the intersection of Highways 87 and 260. Keep going strait through Town until you get to get to your 2nd round about. Keep right and turn right on to Tyler Parkway. The trail is marked by a set of wooden stairs that goes up on the north side of the road. Be on the look out for them as they may be hard to spot.
During the summer months it can be warm. Make sure you have water with you before you set out on the trail. Winter can be quite cold so have extra clothes if needed. Spring and Fall are quite nice weather months.
Fees & Passes:
There is no visitors center for this attraction.
Goat Camp Ruin - Hiking Information:
Photo Credit: Steven C. Price
Photo Credit: Cathy Hunt