Massacre Cave - Cave Creek, AZ - the massacre didn't take away from this caves beauty




Massacre Cave located in Cave Creek, Arizona's Canyon De Chelly was the site of a murder between the Navajo and the Spanish during 1805. The Spanish attacked Navajo in the Del Muerto Canyon while the men were hunting. The raiding party was spotted and the remaining Navajo hid in what is now the Massacre Cave.

There were more than one-hundred-and-fifteen Navajo killed during the raid. The walls of the cave still have the marks left by the bullets from the rifle. There was even hand to hand combat during the historical battle. Tours can now be taken through the canyon that houses Massacre Cave by those that wish to see where history unfolded.

During the battle at the Massacre Cave a Navajo woman was attacked by a Spaniard. Both of them fell into the canyon and died. The site was named "The place where two fell off'' by the Navajo. Despite the tragedy that occurred here the Cave and its surroundings provide a breathtaking view.

Anyone in the Cave Creek, Arizona area should make it a point to take a tour of the Canyon De Chelley and visit the Massacre Cave. There are a number of accommodations nearby to choose from close by the canyon to make the stay in Cave Creek more enjoyable.


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Dec 30, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
This topic is a geographical mess. Massacre Cave IS in the Canyon de Chelly. It is NOT in or anywhere near Cave Creek. At a guess, the two locations are separated by about 150 miles. Cave Creek is in the northeastern reaches of the greater Phoenix area (aka "Valley of the Sun"). Canyon de Chelly is in far northeastern Arizona.

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