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“Tribal history museum and nearby Kinishba ruins”

Kinishba Ruins and Fort Apache Museum
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Nicely done small museum of White Mtn. Apache Tribe and it's dealings with U.S. Army. Located on eastern edge of Fort Apache. Lots of older buildings (mostly closed to public), but beatiful restored Victorian mansion, which was the commandants quarters. May interesting late 19th. century structures. Low admission cost includes Kinishba ruins. Ruins are about 3/4 mi. west of museum and then about two miles off road. Be careful if you have a low ground clearance vehicle. Stay on left at Y intersection (unmarked). , as ruins have no tourist facilities or bathrooms and are unescorted. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE TRASH, GRAFFITI, ETC. Ruins are fragile and about a third of a mile from parking area and the views are well worth the walk. Leave only footprints. See photos.

5  Thank slaterock1704
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

These ruins are in a very isolated area of the state of Arizona. They were initially under excavation and restoration in the 1930's, but the work was never really completed. It is a worthwhile drive if you are in the area anyway. I wish the ruins could be better presented, though.

3  Thank AzMtTraveler
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Interesting Historical Fort - the full review is under Fort Apache. This item is a duplicate.

2  Thank Auntzann
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

After visitng the Fort Apache Cultural Center, we drove further down Hwy 73 to Canyon Day where we exited the highway and drove another 2 miles on White Mountain Apache Lands to the Kinishba Ruins and Museum. We were the only ones there, and there is no guide or welcome center/museum (closed since 1952). We had been given a Visitor Guide to Kinishba at the Fort Apache Museum, so were able to easily navigate the route from the parking lot through the ruins--stopping at each numbered sign post to read the description of the ruin and appreciate the history and culture of the Tribe . This is a 1/3-mile gravel path, so not recommended for wheelchairs. Even though portions of Kinishba were rebuilt between 1931 and 1939 (according to the Visitors Guide), they are in bad shape--visitors are warned to keep off walls and out of rooms. While we enjoyed the Ruins, we were disappointed to see discarded beer and liquor containers in the parking area--giving us the feeling that's it a place for kids to go and party.

7  Thank Retired2Travel2010
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

The Fort Apache is a small museum with great exhibits and a short film on Apache White Mountain Indian Reservation on Hwy 70 close to community of Canyon Day. Beside the museum you can take a walking tour around the T.R. School, then drive a short distance to Kinishba Ruins. There is an antrance fee (Senior rate: $3) which is for all: the Ruins, self-guided walking tour, and Kinishba Ruins (1/3 mile walking loop trail. The brochure (incl. in the entrance fee) has a map with points of interests- examples of the settlement of ancestors of today's Hopi & Zuni Pueblo tribes. The pit houses indicate that the settlement dates back to AD 800, and it's likely the Pueblo people occupied it into the 1400's. Hopi & Zuni people probably selected this location because of good soil & water, as they were focused on farming. We found the Kinishba fascinating & really worthwhile the visit. I am surprised it is not heavily promoted, but perhaps that is the real attraction. We met only two other couples in the museum & on the walking tour, but we were the only visitors to the Kinishba Ruins.

6  Thank Sophie0811
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