Cary’s Castle                3 hikers

Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 9 am – 5pm
Meet at: Cottonwood Visitor Center
Fee: $60 members, $70 non member
Instructor: Jason Theuer, Ph.D., Anthropology, Cultural Resources Branch Chief, JTNP
Hike Level: Strenuous

Cary’s Castle is deliciously remote and enigmatic.  Little is known of the reclusive builder who appropriated a prehistoric Indian rock shelter and added rock and mortar walls, three windows and a door.  We surmise that he was a miner from the nearby vertical shaft which shows extensive labor.  From artifacts found in the cabin, including magazines, it appears that the shelter was built and inhabited in the late 1930’s to early 1940’s.  This “Castle” was still fully furnished in 1945, and even today has a variety of historical artifacts on the shelves.  Evidence of prehistoric habitation can be seen in the form of a bedrock mortat and several multi-color pictographs on the underside of the huge boulder which forms the roof.  Lost Indian Tank, which is reputed to be in the vicinity, could have provided seasonal water for a small foraging family group.  Join Jason Theuer for a great day of hiking into this wild place, and learn a little along the way how to better understand it’s nature.

Please note that public access to Cary’s Castle has been closed due to vandalism.  Access to Cary’s Castle is limited to Desert Institute programs with park personnel.

Click to download the course outline: Cary’s Castle Fall 2016

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