The Canyon was later dammed, forming Blue Ridge Reservoir, which serves as a water source for the mines in Globe. Ironically, exploitation of mineral deposits in places like Globe and Jerome were one of the major reasons that the Apache were being forced onto reservations and off their traditional hunting, farming, and raiding lands in the 1870's and 1880's.
In the last century this area has been grazed, logged, and natural fires have been suppressed, resulting in a denser forest of smaller trees instead of the open, park like pine forest that covered most of the area in the 1880's. In spite of this many of the rugged canyons in the area are in fairly pristine condition, and still have most of their original flora and fauna.
The pictures below are from the area where the battle occurred, and illustrate the traces of the battle still remaining, and the natural beauty that persists in the area to this day. (click for full sized versions)
The front side of the monument.
The back side of the monument, listing the troopers and Apache scouts present.
The only grave at the battlefield is Pvt. Joseph McLernon's. The Apaches who died in the battle were not buried, and were left where they fell. There is no record of what happened to the Scout who was killed.
The lower end of the ridge where the Apaches made their stand now lies under the waters of Blue Ridge Reservoir, which is often this green color due to algal blooms.
This columbine, Aquilegia desertorum grows in the limestone crevices and ledges of the area