The Shoofly Indian Ruins were believed to have been occupied between A.D. 1000-1250. At an elevation of 5,240 feet, Shoofly Village once had a total of 79 structures of which the rock outlines, once the base of the walls, are still visible.


At the center of this site is where a larger structure once existed, believed to have been a building with 26 rooms averaging 37.4 square meters each, and part of this structure was perhaps two stories high. In clusters around the core area were 39 smaller structures and 14 more were scattered about the general area and at least one of these structures had a curved wall.


The entire compound of approximately 3.75 acres (1.5 hectares) is enclosed by a small rock fence.  

This site is very fragile and we request that you take care as you view it, so that it may be preserved.


Basic operational information for the park is showcased here.  Simply click on the "+" for specific details.  For more info visit the website below.

Photo Credit:  Cameron Davis

Physical Address & Contact Info:

1-5 Houston Mesa Rd,
Payson, AZ 85541

For more info call:
Payson Ranger District 1009 E. Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541 (928) 474-7900

Hours of Operation:

This is a self-guided tour and is open to the public.

Driving Directions:

Directions to the Shoofly Indian Ruins: Take Highway 87 north from Payson to Houston Mesa Road and turn east. The parking lot is a short distance beyond the Mesa del Caballo subdivision just off the paved road. Picnic tables, ramadas, and toilet facilities are provided.


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 fee to experience Shoofly Village Indian Ruins.

Visitor Center:

There is no visitors center for this attraction.

Photo Credit:  Cameron Davis

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