Fremont Indian State Park and Museum – Utah

Richfield, UT

We left Bryce Canyon on Sunday and drove about a hundred miles north to the small town of Richfield, UT where we stayed in a KOA in the center of town.  On Tuesday Steve and MonaLiza (Lowes RV Adventures) arrived and set up in the site next to us.

On Wednesday the four of us drove about 20 miles south to visit the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum.  The park sits directly across from I-70  as it travels through Clear Creek Canyon.  It was built to showcase artifacts from the remains of a large settlement of the Fremont Indians who lived from about 400 to 1300 in north and central Utah and adjacent parts of Colorado, Idaho and Nevada.  The site was discovered during construction of the interstate and thousands of artifacts have been excavated from the ancient village and put on permanent display at the museum.  The park has a number of hiking trails that go pasts many panels of Indian artwork.  Most begin in the parking area for the visitor center.  We combined a number of short trails for a total hike of about 5.7 miles.

We began our hike on the Alma Christensen Trail, which begins about .3 of a mile from the visitor center.  This is one of the longer trails in the park.  It goes up a bit at the start then winds through a flat tableland before joining a group of short trails leading back to the visitor center.

The rocky cliff running behind the visitor center is full of rock art.  As we came back down off the tableland, we encountered the first of the many panels of artwork.  Unfortunately, we forgot the camera and had to use our phone.  The phone does a nice job, but we really needed a zoom since the artwork was at a distance.

After crossing in front of that panel of art, we continued hiking down toward the visitor center.

Look who we found hanging out in the rocks!

Next to the parking lot are two examples of Fremont Indian life.  The first is a reconstruction of a pithouse, a typical residence for a Fremont family.  The pithouse is half underground and resembles a religious structure used by other similar early inhabitants called a kiva.  The Fremont did not use a kiva.

MonaLiza checks out the pithouse

The second example of Fremont life is a large, hollow rock sitting next to the pithouse that was used by the Fremont as a granary (grain storage).

After enjoying lunch in a picnic area next to the granary, we headed down the Trail to the Hundred Hands.  This trail crossed the entrance road to the park, goes over Clear Creek, and under the interstate.

Good job, Steve! (we didn’t see a single car on this road)

Clear Creek

Just a half mile from the highway we came to the shallow cave known as the Hundred Hands.  The mouth of the cave is covered with a heavy metal grate to keep fools from vandalizing the site.

We don’t know where the name of this site comes from as the literature states that there are 36 handprints on the rock.

 Returning back to the entrance road, we walked about a quarter mile to a point where we could observe a series of panels filled with artwork called the Arch of Art.

Returning to the visitor center we walked a short, paved trail called the Parade of Rock Art containing numerous panels of drawings.

A Hunting Story

A Hunting Map

Returning to the KOA in Richfield we joined Steve and MonaLiza for a happy hour at their site.  The next morning we were up early and ready to head north.  The weather services were predicting a chance of rain that increased as the day progressed, so we wanted to get to our next “home” while the roads were dry.  Steve and MonaLiza are remaining in Richfield for the next few days and we don’t know when we will see them again so we said our good-byes before heading out.

Heading out of the park (thanks for the photo, MonaLiza)

The 120 mile journey to our next location was very pleasant and sunny all the way (it never did rain).  We are now parked in Utah Lake State Park in Provo through the long holiday weekend.  Then it’s good-bye to Utah and hello to Wyoming.

More on that later . . .

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A Mountain Drive and Hiking in Red Canyon Near Bryce

Bryce Canyon, UT

A Mountain Drive

After a couple of days of rain and high winds here in central Utah, we were getting a bit of cabin fever.  So on Friday we took the Jeep for a ride over the mountains to the west.  We took UT-12 west to US-89, then drove north a few miles to the town of Panguitch, where we picked up UT-143 heading west.  As we drove west on UT-143 up into the mountains, the temperature dropped steadily and we were soon into some heavy snow near where the road crests at 10,400 feet.

As we headed back down the west side of the mountains, we passed through the large ski resort of Brian Head, named after the nearby Brian Head Peak.

Once back down from the mountains we hopped on I-15 for about 15 miles south to Cedar City.  Once in Cedar City we took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a bit of refreshment at one of those chain coffee shops based in Seattle.  Then it was back up over the mountains, this time on UT-14 which winds its way up through Cedar Canyon.

 

Hiking in Red Canyon

Today (Saturday) the sun was shining but the wind was still very strong.  So we drove back down UT-12 west to go to the visitor center for Red Canyon, a beautiful area of red rocks along UT-12 between Bryce Canyon and US-89.  We have hiked in this area before and were looking for a scenic trail without the crowds of the national park.  The volunteer at the visitor center was new and hadn’t hiked many of the trails yet.  But people had told him that a loop hike that begins across the road from the visitor center was very scenic and only had 500 feet of elevation change.  That sounded like a good hike for us so we grabbed our packs, crossed the highway, and walked a few hundred yards down a bike path to the trailhead.

We began the hike up the Golden Wall Trail through a fairly flat forest of pine trees with the golden rocks of the canyon on our left.

After a half mile we turned off the main trail on to a loop trail called the Castle Bridge Trail.  This trail would take us into the rocks, steeply up and over a ridge, then back down to the Golden Wall Trail.  Once back on the main trail we continued our loop hike through the beautiful rocks.

About half way around the loop we climbed another ridge and sat down to rest and enjoy a light lunch.

Lunch with a view

Then it was back down steeply into a wash, then a steep climb up to the top of another ridge.

We found this hike to be much more difficult than described in the park literature.  The trail winds through the rocks and at times is only about eight inches wide while going across loose gravel.  At the highest point, about halfway through, it goes across the top of a narrow hogback and steeply down into another wash.  A strong, gusty wind added to the excitement.

Fortunately, the forest service made some crude steps down the steepest part of the hike down from the hogback.

Less than a mile from the hogback we could hear traffic and UT-12 came into view below us.

But there were still some switchbacks over loose rocks to traverse before we made it down to the bottom of the trail.

The trail ends in a very nice little campground.  We went through the campground  to get back to the highway.

Once back to the highway it was a half mile back to the visitor center along the bike path that runs next to the road.

Even along the highway the views of the red rocks all around us were impressive.

Looking across UT-12 at the visitor center

We went to the visitor center in Red Canyon with no idea even if we would be hiking.  So we were totally surprised by the great hike we found.  This hike is not for someone with a fear of crossing steep hillsides on a very narrow trail.  It also has more elevation change than we anticipated, due to the four times we went down into narrow washes, then steeply back up the other side to a high ridge.  Hiking poles are highly recommended, as much of the trail is on loose gravel.  But the beautiful views along the trail make the hike worth the effort.

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Panorama Loop – Kodachrome Basin SP

Bryce Canyon, UT

The weather here outside Bryce Canyon NP, at about 7500 feet of elevation, can get a little nasty, even in the middle of May.  We did a long hike on Sunday soon after our arrival as the weather services were all predicting rain for the next three days, making hiking trails impassible.  And while it never rained all day, we did have a few showers each of the next three days, and even some snow and hail.

But today (Thursday) the weather cleared a bit, so we headed out for a hike.  Since we have done a couple of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon NP and there are many tourists in the national park, we headed about 30 miles to the east for a hike in Kodachrome Basin State Park.  The area where the park is located was named by a team from the National Geographic Society who explored and photographed it in 1948 for a story that appeared in the September 1949 issue of National Geographic. They named the area Kodachrome Flat, after the then relatively new brand of Kodak film they used.  In 1962 the area was designated a state park but, fearing repercussions from the Kodak film company for using the name Kodachrome, the name was changed to Chimney Rock State Park.  It was renamed Kodachrome Basin a few years later with Kodak’s permission.

We had visited this beautiful little park three years ago but rain kept us off all but one of the trails.  For this visit we chose the longest hike in the park, the Panorama Trail.  The trail is a series of loops, allowing hikers to choose how far they wanted to go, with no radical change in elevation.  We did all the loops and ended up with a hike of a bit under 6.5 miles.

Panorama Trailhead

Kodachrome SP has nearly 70 monolith spires ranging from 6 to 170 feet high.  We passed by many of the spires along the Panorama Trail.

Less than a mile into the hike we came upon  a small alcove in the rocks called “Indian” Cave.  The spot was not labeled on the park map of the trail so we were surprised to see it.

The wall on the right side of the “cave” had some interesting cuts in the rock in the outline of a human hand.

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Ballerina Spire

A slickrock alcove

The view from the alcove

One of the alternate side trail loops leads about a half mile to a neat cut in the rocks call Cool Cave.

Heading to Cool Cave

In the wash leading into Cool Cave

Scrambling into the “cave”

The large area at the end of the wash is not really a cave, but the bottom of what is probably a beautiful waterfall after a storm.  The opening in the rock where the water pours in towers over you.

Not a chance!

After circling around back to the main trail, we hiked for a while then took another side trail for a half mile up to Panorama Point for a nice few of the surrounding area.

Coming back down from Panorama Point we were treated to some great vistas as the sun poked through the clouds on to the surrounding rocks.

This little state park is a great place for a one day visit ($8 per vehicle) or a longer stay at one of the two campgrounds.  One of the campgrounds has some nice paved pull-through sites with full hook-ups, while the other is more for tents or small vehicles (no hook-ups).  But make a reservation way in advance if you want to be in the full-hook up area, as the sites are limited and this is a popular spot.

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Fairyland Canyon – Bryce Canyon NP

Bryce Canyon, UT

We left Torrey Sunday morning before 8:30, a near record for us, and headed for Bryce Canyon.  The early departure was because the weather forecast in Bryce for the beginning part of the week is predicting rain, so the nimble hiker wanted to take advantage of the partly cloudy skies to get in a hike as soon as we were set up in our site at Ruby’s RV Park, just outside the gate to the national park.  When we stayed here three years ago our site was in a new section of the park that was basically a large gravel lot with rows of sites.  This year we are in the same section but they have done some major improvements to the area between sites, adding a large grass area and a gravel area for a picnic table and fire pit.

After setting up the motorhome we headed into the park for a hike.  Just inside the park boundary and about a mile before the gate we turned left on to a paved side road leading to the parking lot for the Fairyland Canyon overlook.

Fairyland Canyon Overlook – elevation 7758

The Fairyland Trail descends into the canyon on the left side of the overlook, winds through the canyon for 5.5 miles, and comes back out near the North Campground.  At that point you can make the hike a loop by taking the Rim Trail for 2.5 miles back to the Fairyland Overlook.

The trail descends from the overlook

One of the difficult things about creating a blog about Bryce Canyon is selecting which photos to include.  If you stop anywhere along the trail and turn around in a circle you will find a beautiful view in every direction.  Below are just a sampling of the many photos we took during our tour through Fairyland Canyon.

Is that a cat looking backwards on the left?

Tower Bridge

China Wall

This hike is labeled strenuous by the National Park Service due to its length (8 miles) and elevation change (1,716 feet overall, which includes the many ups and downs in the canyon).  But the beautiful views at every turn make it worth the effort.

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Horseshoe Canyon

Torrey, UT

For our final adventure during this visit to the Torrey area, we drove a long (we’re talking long) way east for a visit to the Horseshoe Canyon.  Horseshoe Canyon, formerly known as Barrier Canyon, is in a remote area west of the Green River and north of the Canyonlands National Park Maze District.  It is known for its collection of Barrier Canyon Style rock art, which was first recognized as a unique style here.  A portion of Horseshoe Canyon containing a panel of art called The Great Gallery is part of a detached unit of Canyonlands National Park.  The Horseshoe Canyon Unit was added to the park in 1971 in an attempt to preserve and protect the rock art found along much of its length.

To get to the trailhead we drove 50 miles east on UT-24 to the tiny community of Hanksville.  We continued past Hanksville, still on UT-24, for another 18 miles to a right turn, marked with a sign, onto a well-maintained dirt road called Lower San Rafael Road.

Lower San Rafael Road

After driving about 30 miles on Lower San Rafael Road we came to another right turn, again well marked with a sign, that lead the final two miles to the parking area for the trailhead.

Do you remember the movie “127 Hours?”  The movie was based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which tells the story of hiker Aron Ralston’s experience being trapped in nearby Blue John Canyon, which feeds into Horseshoe Canyon, and how he was forced to amputate his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself after his arm became trapped by a boulder.  Ralston had parked his truck in this parking area before setting off on his mountain bike. His plan was to park his bike down the road and hike back through Blue John Canyon and return to the truck through Horseshoe Canyon.

Horseshoe Canyon Trailhead

For most of the way this trail is an easy hike along a wash.  The challenging part is getting down to the wash and then getting back up out of it at the end (about a mile and a half in each direction), as there is a 750 foot elevation change between the trailhead and the wash.

In the final section leading down into the wash the trail goes through deep sand.  It is easy to hike through the sand on the way down, not so much on the way up!

Heading down into the sand

The sandy trail leading into the wash

At three different spots along the trail you pass a small circle of rocks that surrounds a dinosaur track in the slickrock.  Two of the tracks are right on the trail on the slickrock section as you head down toward the wash.  The third is in the wash on a shelf along the creek.  We missed that one on the hike in but the volunteer we met later told us how to find it.

Once down in the wash the trail winds its way up the canyon along a shallow creek.  After a  short hike up the canyon, about two miles from the trailhead, a panel of artwork called Horseshoe Shelter appears along the canyon wall on the right.

Horseshoe Shelter

About a half mile further up the wash at a sharp bend in the canyon the trail goes by a large amphitheater on the right.  Inside it is another panel of artwork called the Alcove Gallery.

Approaching the Alcove

Inside the Alcove with artwork along the wall

The Alcove Gallery

The area in front of the Alcove is where Aron Ralston finally was able to get help.  As he hiked down the wash he met a family just getting ready to leave the Alcove and return to the trailhead.  The father stayed and helped Aron while the mother and child hiked back down the wash.  They were spotted by a rescue helicopter searching for Aron, which was able to land in the wide area of the wash where the trail turns up into the sand.  The helicopter then took Aron to Moab where he was admitted in remarkably good condition, considering the five day ordeal he had just endured.  After reading this, you must get the book or see the movie.  We’re reading the book as this blog is being written!

OK, enough about Aron Ralston, let’s get back to the hike.  After hiking almost four miles from the trailhead we came to the end point of our journey, the Great Gallery.  The Great Gallery is one of the largest and best preserved collections of what is called Barrier Canyon Style rock art in the country.  The panel itself measures about 200 feet long and 15 feet high. The panel contains about 20 life-sized images, the largest of which measures over 7 feet tall.

The Great Gallery

We were pleased to find a park volunteer at the Great Gallery.  While he was there to provide information about the artwork, we suspect his main function was to protect the panel from any vandalism.  Nevertheless, he was very helpful in pointing out interesting things related to the panel.  One of the interesting things we learned from him concerned the main figure in what is called the Holy Ghost Panel.

Holy Ghost Panel

Visitors can’t get up close to the Great Panel, but the volunteer told us that if we could get close, we would see that the central figure in this section is composed of small dots of paint.  The theory is that, while a brush-like tool was use for the other figures, the artist used a small reed to blow the paint on to the rock for this figure.

He also pointed out a few more interesting parts of the panel, including two small figures that appear to be fighting.

The line painted on the left in the photo below lines up perfectly with the sun rise on the Summer Solstice.  A pile of rocks that have fallen from the canyon wall along the left side of the Great Panel are believed to have covered a similar line for the Winter Solstice.

In the viewing area for the Great Gallery there are two old military ammo boxes.  You will often find one of these boxes at interesting sites in the west, and they  usually contain written information about the site.  One of the boxes here does contain information about the Great Gallery, while the other contains an old pair of binoculars.

The binoculars are very heavy and appeared to be WWII vintage.  A closer look revealed them to be US Navy issue from 1943 and they were made in Rochester, NY by Bausch & Lomb!

The return hike is a nice walk back through the canyon along the tree-lined stream.  Then its back up the 750 feet of elevation gain for a mile and a half to the trailhead.

We’re headed for the top of the rocks on the right

Once above the sand the trail continues up the slickrock

We returned to the Jeep and headed back up the dirt road,  passing a large area of sand dunes along the way.

The volunteer in the canyon told us he found a shortcut to Hanksville that cut off about ten miles, so we turned left on to what we though was the road he described.  The dirt road was nice and smooth as we drove through a few buildings used during cattle round-up time.  Our only obstacle was a young calf standing in our path.  When we slowly approached, he would turn and walked further down the road.  If we went faster to pass him, he would begin to run ahead of us.  This little give and take went on for about a mile before he finally got the message and took a right turn into the desert.

We were unsure if we were on the road described by the volunteer, but there were tracks from another vehicle and we were headed in the correct direction so we just kept driving, knowing we could always turn around if the conditions deteriorated.

We came to a few forks in the road,  so we followed the old adage of Yankee great Yogi Berra (“If you come to a fork in the road, take it!).   We knew we were headed in the right direction, and as we neared Hanksville we were able to get a bit of data signal allowing us to look at Google Maps.  At an intersection the map indicated we should continue straight and the road would soon lead to UT-24.  This section of the road showed no sign of any maintenance, but the tracks we had been followed continued, so we did also.

At one point we came to a hill where the wind had completely covered the road with deep sand.  At first we couldn’t get through it, so we backed up a bit, took out our trusty shovel (still in the box since we had never needed to use it) and cleared a pathway.  After scouting ahead a bit on foot we knew the sand only continued for a short distance over the hill.  So we backed up a bit more to gain some speed and the Jeep went up through the sand with no problem.  After charging through a couple more sand dunes we safely reached the highway.  It turned out we didn’t save any distance with our “short cut” but the route just added more excitement to this adventure.  Later research on Google revealed that, you guessed it, we were on the wrong road!  After a total drive of of just a mere 198 miles we returned to Torrey tired but please with this adventure.

We have now wrapped up this visit to Torrey and Capitol Reef NP.  Next up for us is a visit to Bryce Canyon.  More on that later . . .

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Navajo Knobs – Capitol Reef NP

Torrey, UT

While many of the hikes in Capitol Reef NP go through canyons with great views of the rocky walls above you, a few of the hikes take you up on top of the rocks and provide great views of the surrounding area.  One of the best views is from the top of a rocky pile called Navajo Knobs.  But to enjoy that view you must hike up a trail of over four miles with an elevation increase of over 16oo feet (more on that later).

Our destsination

The trail begins as part of the trail that leads to the Hickman Bridge, a very popular path leading to the bottom of a large, beautiful natural bridge.  There is a paved parking area along the north side of UT-24 just a few miles east of the Capitol Reef  Visitor Center.  The lot can fill up quickly on a nice day, but there is more parking available along the highway (where we ended up parking).

Starting our hike along the Fremont River

The hike begins along the Fremont River for a short distance before climbing steeply up.  At about a quarter mile a sign marks where the trail to the Navajo Knobs and Rim Overlook splits from the trail to the Hickman Bridge.  If the trail to this point has been crowded, this is the point where you will lose most hikers, as they are headed for the bridge.

Less than a mile further up the trail there is a sign pointing to where you can scramble out on the rocks for a view of the Hickman Bridge from above.  Although the best spot to view the bridge is from the trail that leads out and under it, the view from above is pretty nice.

The Hickman Bridge (above the dark shadow in the center of the photo)

After passing the bridge overlook the trail continues to wind its way up, going through a number of dry washes that are followed by steep ascents.  After about a mile and a half you come to the Rim Overlook.  The slickrock along the edge of the overlook provides a great place to enjoy a rest and a snack while enjoying the views below.

The view north from the Rim Overlook

The Fruita Historic District and visitor center

Many hikers turn around at this point.  But we were in it for the long hall and were determined to keep going.  From the Rim Overlook we could finally spot our destination, the Navajo Knobs, about a hundred miles (or at least that is what it looked to us) to the north.  The distance to the Knobs appeared to be a long way looking at them in a straight line.  But you can’t see the route the trail takes around a couple deep canyons and adds a considerable distance (and elevation change) to the hike.

A distant look at the Navajo Knobs

The trail goes down as it winds around a deep canyon, then heads back up along a wide area of slickrock.

After hiking back up toward the next viewpoint we thought we were nearing the Knobs, but as they came back into view we learned that a long hike around another canyon was in our future.  At this point we had a great view to the west, with a formation called The Castle down below us.  The Castle is just north of the visitor center and looks pretty large from that viewpoint.  But it looked a little smaller from our perch high above it.

Looking down at the Castle

After hiking down and around the canyon (with great views of the Castle and rock formations to the south), we began the most difficult section of the hike, a 600 foot climb steeply up the slickrock.

These hikes around the canyons are what make the elevation gain of this hike deceptive.  The total elevation gain from the trailhead to the Knobs is listed as 1,620 feet.  But this figure does not factor in the loss of elevation going around one side of one of the large canyons and the gain in elevation going back up the other side.  Factor in the climbs back up the canyons and the total “up” experience by a hiker is closer to 2,400 feet.

Once up and over the long climb we found one more canyon to go around before the final ascent to the top of the Knobs.

A cool hole in the rock (Oh no, photo-bombed again)

The Navajo Knobs at last!

At the base of the Knobs we began the final challenge, a 30 foot scramble steeply up to the top.

After the steep scramble, the trail then goes through a very cool and narrow opening in the rocks.  We went a few feet into the narrow passage and made a sharp right turn back out.

The first section of the passage

A sharp right turn leads back out

After going through the passage it is a short scramble to the top.

At the top there are two small, flat areas where you can sit (or stand) and take in the fantastic views.  There was another hiker sitting on the best of the two spots, but she invited us up to join her and we had a nice chat with her while we enjoyed the views.

Looking north

The view west (with UT-24 below)

Looking to the east with the Henry Mountains in the distance

Lunch with a view

As we made our way back down off the Knobs we could faintly hear a voice calling out.  Instead of following the trail back to the east, we made our way around the other way toward the sound of the voice.  We could then clearly hear someone calling out for help.  After just a short distance we came upon the hiker we met at the top.  She had made a wrong turn and became confused when she couldn’t locate the trail.  Once we helped her locate the correct path she went on ahead of us, as she hiked much more quickly than us and needed to meet her husband at the bottom.

Once down from the Knobs we began the long descent back to the trailhead, enjoying more great views all around us and some neat rock formations we missed on the hike up.

The rock in the middle looks like the nose of an airplane to us

As we made our way back down the steep section of slickrock, we passed a young man going up the trail.  As we made the turn around the end of the canyon and headed back up the other side we spotted something on top of the Navajo Knobs in the distance.

Looking back at the Knobs

A zoom photo revealed that the hiker we had passed was standing where we had been sitting during our visit to the top.

The return hike is, of course, almost all down hill.  But as we made our way around each of the large canyons we had to then climb back up to regain the elevation lost going around it.  With tired legs, the return was a continual challenge.  To add to the challenge John (apparently) failed to drink enough water along the way and began to feel dehydrated.  You would think with all the hiking we do he would know better, but a long descent on weak legs insure that he will not let that happen again.  He drank more water during the return hike, but if you have ever been dehydrated you know that once you feel its effects it is too late to correct it.

We returned to the parking area very tired, but pleased that we had met the challenge of the Navajo Knobs Trail.  Hopefully the nimble hiker will allow for a day of rest tomorrow!  More on that later . . .

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Grand Wash – Capitol Reef NP

Torrey, UT

The Waterpocket Fold is a large uplift of rock covered in Navajo Sandstone that runs for a hundred miles north and south in this area of Utah.  The fold is the major and defining feature of Capitol Reef National Park.  Grand Wash is a famous gorge that cuts its way through the upper portion of the Waterpocket Fold.  The wash connects the Scenic Road inside the park to UT-24 just east of Spring Canyon.  You can hike the wash from either end or, if you have two vehicles park one at one end and drive to the other.  We parked along UT-24 and made it an in and out hike of six miles.

The trailhead along UT-24

The hike is very flat as you are walking in a wash the entire length.  It is fairly wide at either end but gets a bit tight in an area called the Narrow, about half way from either end.

Open area along the first part of the wash

The sides of the wash contain many interesting rock carvings created by the flow of water and the winds that blow through the canyon.

A young hiker photo-bombs our picture of a low arch

Entering the Narrow

As we hiked back through the Narrow on the return trip we found the long vertical lines formed by rock varnish very interesting.

Also on the return hike back down the wash we spotted a small arch high up on the cliff.  We missed it on the hike up as it was on a turn in the wash that made it difficult to spot hiking in that direction.  The arch is an example of why we like to hike a trail out and back.  On the return hike you always see things differently than on the hike out.

Along the walls of the wash there are numerous cuts where water has eroded a path through the rock.  Some of these cuts are quite wide at the base and form narrow tunnels up into the wall.

A cut in the canyon wall (Oh, photo-bombed again!)

In the wider areas of the wash large boulders have fallen from the canyon walls.  The soft sandstone has eroded, creating interesting holes and patterns in the rocks.

Erosion hole in a large boulder (That young hiker appears again!)

As we neared the trailhead in a wide section of the canyon we hiked on a narrow trail running along the wash.  Just before the trail exited back into the wash we spotted a short section that ran up to the side of the canyon.  Turns out it lead to a small section of artwork partially hidden by a boulder.

We had no idea there was any artwork along the wash and were surprised to find it.

Grand Wash is a nice hike for any level of hiker.  While it is not a difficult hike, you can go as far as you like and still see something of interest.

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