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This trail provides the visitor with an easy to hike pathway to a scenic box canyon where prehistoric residents left their mark carved into the canyon's gray volcanic walls. Roughly 1,000 years old, some ancient artisan or artisans pecked images into the dark basalt using another rock for a tool. These images are call petroglyphs. The message that they portray suggests that the area was important to the ancient communicator as a hunting ground. One of the petroglyphs is a dramatic depiction of a deer herd entering the canyon. Take note of that and keep a sharp eye. This area is still an excellent place to encounter wildlife.

While you're visiting the Keyhole Sink Trail, please respect the irreplaceable traces of the past that you find along it. Leave them undisturbed so that others may enjoy them as you have.

The trail traverses easy terrain through a ponderosa pine forest. The return trip from Keyhole Sink is over the same trail. The trail is marked for cross-country skiing with blue triangles.

Directions: From Flagstaff, Take the Parks Exit (#178). Turn right (north) and then turn left (west) onto Historic Route 66. Drive west for about 4 miles to the trailhead.

Difficulty: Easy

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Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

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