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The French Connection
This site is not often visited and the first thing you'll notice is all the private property signs in the area. Use your judgement on what is or isn't trespassing and where the private property ends. We attempted to contact persons at the ranch to no avail.
As you approach the ranch house on your right look high left on the cliff side for some nice pictogram panels. Easily seen from the road but bring binoculars and a zoom camera to get the most out of it. Next up just after the East Canyon turnoff you'll see a decrepit corral on your left. Again with zoom or binoculars you can see an inscription from Antoine Robidoux dated 1837. The inscription upstages the real show here in my opinion, the rock art. He was a French entrepreneur who established several trading posts and forts in the West.
Directly across the road on the east side of the creek observe varnished rock with several boulders lying at the base of the cliff. From your trailhead,3/4 thru the horseshoe make your way across the creek and up to those boulders. Several rock art panels are located here. This are clearly seems outside the private property boundaries, but who knows. There is some cowboy art here as well as some vandalism and evidence of someone repairing the damage. When done here hike down East Canyon for another panel on your left. A further search of the area may uncover some other treasures.
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