Carson National Forest - Historic Site

Pot Creek Cultural Site

Adobe | Artifacts | Irrigation | Road | Ruins


Picture of ditch at Pot CreekToday the Pot Creek Cultural Site is covered by a lush forest of Pinon Pine, Cedar, and Juniper, but when the Anasazi colonized the area in the twelfth century it was mostly grassland. It was here that they grew their crops of corn, beans and squash. To support this agriculture, they built an impressive network of irrigation ditches, check dams and terraces. The line of stones just beyond the trail in this photograph shows one of these check dams where it crossed an irrigation ditch. Just beyond is one of the numerous pueblo ruins in the area. Archaeological investigations at this location also revealed the presence of small clay dolls--probably used as toys by children playing in the irrigation water.