Spring Canyon  

The Nogales Cliff House, as this ruin is called, is perched high in Spring Canyon (aka Nogales Canyon) on the Santa Fe National Forest. The surrounding canyon slopes contain 40 or 50 additional rooms, but none are as preserved as this section of cliff dwelling. There are also pictographs in and around this site.

This site was part of the Gallina Phase, which occured in a relatively small area within the Ancestral Pueblo region between A.D. 1050 and 1300. Gallina Phase archaeological sites, however, are not Ancestral Pueblo sites, as they have enough unique traits to be considered part of a separate culture.


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