Kinishba Ruins

Kinishba Ruins

In an open meadow at the southern end of the valley carved by the White River in far east central Arizona sits the ruins of Kinishba. This lovely place was home to Pueblo people, distant ancestors of the area’s current residents, the White Mountain Apaches. As early as 800AD people lived here , farming the fertile valley soil and hunting in the piney forests that still cover the valley slopes.

Hilario visited this place on a late summer day with distant storm clouds worrying the sky. Kinishba was deserted that day except for the bees busy in the wildflowers and grasses surrounding the ruins. He walked the lone path that circles the crumbling main building, stopping to appreciate the still visible designs of its ancient occupants. Angry blue-gray clouds offered sharp contrast to the red sandstone building blocks and the living green of encroaching plants. The inspiration he found here will fuel his artistic vision for years to come.

The Kinishba Ruins is a National Historic Landmark and may be visited with permission from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Visit the Fort Apache Cultural Park website for more information. To learn more about the history of Kinishba, visit the Wikipedia page.