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Castle Garden, WY

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,245 feet
Elevation Gain 120 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.6
Interest Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
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16  2019-09-27 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,913 map ( 16,190 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  4:46am - 7:27pm
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Sand Castles On The High Plains
by AZLOT69

Likely In-Season!
When you leave Riverton headed east you are crossing the high plains. Barren land with only scrub grass and not a tree or shrub visible for miles. Your destination is a geologic feature of sandstone 6 miles long and 1 mile wide. The official trailhead starts at The Far East end of this geologic feature.

The unusual feature obviously held a special meaning to the local Indians who incised art work into the sandstone. It was a four part process. First wet and soften the sandstone. Secondly smooth out the surface. Then carve your work of art. Then they would color it in.

The hike starts off on a gravel path meandering thru the Castle like structures and hoodoos . There is a tremendous amount of graffiti and vandalism early on. There are also some signs of theft. You will encounter about six fenced in areas protecting some of the best rock art along the designated trail. The site features some of the most unique depictions of Shields of the Plains Indians. You can accomplish the designated trail and return for a total of two miles but I believe the true adventure here begins beyond the designated trail. Exploring all the nooks, crannys and side canyons. The vandalism drops of significantly. Explore to your heart's content then return the way you came.

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2019-09-29 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 Riverton, Wyoming drive one mile south on highway 789. Turn left on highway 135. Proceed one mile and turn left on highway 136. Proceed 36 miles to gravel road signed Castle Garden, turn left. Proceed 6 miles to signed road to the right for Castle Gardens. Proceed 6 miles to trailhead.
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