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Short Canyon Rock Art, UT

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,089 feet
Elevation Gain 255 feet
Accumulated Gain 420 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.1
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
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27  2019-05-13 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 176
Routes 247
Photos 8,556
Trips 1,989 map ( 16,471 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred May, Jun, Sep, Oct → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:21am - 7:41pm
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Short On Canyon/Long On Art
by AZLOT69

This adventure begins with a bit of a backcountry drive to an area with a variety of amazing geology, fabulous rock art both petroglyphs and pictographs as well as the most unusual eroded sandstone boulders that often take on character appearance.

Do not attempt this if wet or threat of rain.

As you start the hike gaze over to the Cliffside to the north. Spaced fairly regularly are these huge spheres about ten feet around. In geology they are called concretions. Some have rolled off the hillside for closer examination. They come in many shapes and sizes. These are similar in appearance to the moqui marbles found around Escalante area of Utah only these are gigantic. Follow the ATV trail west. You'll start seeing more frequently the unusual shapes of gigantic sandstone boulders configured In the most unusual way. In about a half mile look high for a ledge with an overhang. This is the red sheep pictogram. It's not too difficult to get up to it. If you have reached a divide in two dirt roads you went too far go back slightly and look up north. When done continue west on the ATV trail and take the left dirt road. The ATV trail will come to an end within 1/2 mile. Follow the wash bearing right. You'll pass an old steel water trough. Watch for a social trail that heads up right toward the upper ledge of the cliff. You can probably see Wavy Arms from this location. Continue up to the ledge and admire close up. You can follow the ledge to the right to see more art work.. When done go back to Wavy Arms, then continue left to the west on the ledge. As you continue about a hundred feet look up and behind you for a splendid rock art panel. Then look higher for another. It gets a little rougher from here but continue around the back of this box canyon to find some more great rock art.

When finished return the way you came or battle the boulders going down from here to the valley floor.

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2019-05-13 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Highway i-70, take exit 116 and head towards the town of Moore. Proceed eleven miles to mile post 8. Take a dirt road north. Stay on the main traveled road. Don't take the first left. Don't take the next right. Stay on this dirt road for 2.3 miles. At 2.3 miles turn left on the smaller dirt road just past the dip with a PVC pipe culvert. Follow for 1.5 miles to the trailhead or however far you are comfortable driving. The road turns into an atv trail with deep sand and deep wash outs.
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