A cave discovered on the north side of Camelback mountain indicates that it was used as a sacred site by the prehistoric Hohokam Culture before they abandoned the area in the 14th century.
In the late 1880s, the federal government reserved Camelback Mountain as part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian lands, which originally stretched as far west as Glendale, Arizona. But when the reservation boundaries were redrawn, the mountain was released from that reserve.
“The mountains, I become part of it.
The herbs, the fir tree, I become part of it.
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become part of it.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen
I become part of it.”