Kinishba Ruins
Kinishba Ruins

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KINISHBA RUINS IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA

Kinishba Ruins Overhead
Kinishba Ruins Overhead

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Kinishba is 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above a pine-fringed alluvial valley, west of Fort Apache, in the White Mountain Apache Tribal community of Canyon Day.

Long known to the Apache people of the region and alleged to have been visited by Conquistadors, the site was first written about in English in 1892, when pioneering archaeologist Adolph Bandelier described the ruins. In 1964, the NPS designated the site as a National Historic Landmark. It had long been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. The ruins received limited cleanup and restoration in 2005-2007.

The Kinishba pueblo has 600 rooms and is composed of nine major building mounds, the remains of masonry room blocks, some of which were originally three stories tall. There were two large apartment blocks, and several smaller buildings, with two communal courtyards.

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.

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Photo Credit:  White Mountain Apache Tribe

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Photo Credit:  Sharon Culp