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Jewel of the Creek Geology Guide

Age Group

12 to adult


2 mile hike

Jewel of the Creek Geology Guide


Thomas McGuire, BA, MAT Geology

Tom McGuire is an author and retired educator. He is a long time resident of Cave Creek, Arizona and has been a docent for Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area since 2001 and also volunteers as a geology expert for Desert Foothills Land Trust.

About this lesson

Using this article as your guide, you can explore the geology and hydrology of the Jewel of the Creek Preserve. The objective of this interpretive guide for an easy 2 mile walking tour is to observe geological features, learn how maps and diagrams are made, observe the effects of the flooding of Cave Creek and infer the history of the Maricopa Mine along with other exploratory mine prospects. Click here for a map/directions to the Jewel of the Creek Preserve:

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